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Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams star as Betsy and Arlene, a tandem of twitty teens who inadvertently become key players in the Watergate scandal and the fall of the Nixon White House. Despite his predilection for clumsy shtick, co-writer-director Andrew Fleming succeeds in capably lampooning and deflating the disgraced president and several of his cronies, and with a refreshingly light touch. Dunst proves a gifted comedienne, Dan Hedaya aces the role of Nixon, and Will Ferrell and Bruce McCulloch reduce reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to a pair of bickering boobs. Also with Dave Foley as Bob Haldeman, Saul Rubinek as Henry Kissinger, and Harry Shearer as G. Gordon Liddy. There's some good laughs here for those familiar with the events in question, and they're a nice relief from the ponderous attitude with which this era of American history is commonly approached. Barbara Dunphy's bright production design is well displayed in this solid 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (also with pan-and-scan). Includes both DD 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Surround audio, a commentary by Fleming and co-writer Sheryl Longin, bloopers, outtakes, a "making-of" featurette, trailers, and an isolated audio track of John Debney's unimpressive score. Keep case.
—Kerry Fall

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