Sunday, June 23, 2013

The American President

Finding a solid romance film nowadays is sort of rare. Most films of the genre just rely on sex. No emotions, no passion, nothing. Just sex.

Thankfully, Rob Reiner's The American President doesn't rely on sex. The relationship between President Andrew Shepard (Michael Douglas) and Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Bening) is handled very maturely. No crazy sex, no gushings of "I love you", just a simple relationship formed through communication.

It's amusing when you realize that Aaron Sorkin wrote The American President. I mean, most of the man's works have very tangled up relationships. (Try to find one of his shows that doesn't have one such affair.) Seeing a simple relationship from Sorkin's mind is refreshing to witness.

Also amusing is how many parallels there are between this and Sorkin's later work The West Wing. (The most telling one is both have Martin Sheen among their casts.) Many ideas originally written for this would instead go on the TV show. It's a small thing, yes, but it's something I admire.

The American President is a very lovely film. Some of Sorkin's writing traits rubbed me the wrong way in a few scenes, but the final result left me pleased. The scenes between Douglas and Bening show what most films of the genre miss completely: a mature depiction of a budding romance.

My Rating: ****1/2


  1. One of my and wife's favorite Aaron Sorkin/Rob Reiner films. Fine look at this, Anna.

  2. I really like this one too, and feel like it's often forgotten.

  3. A lovely film indeed, one I can watch over and over (which is fitting, seeing as how it's on TV all the damn time).


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