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With the serious side of the seventies, Summer of Sam behind us, along comes Dick a delightful politically incorrect take on the Watergate scandal which took down President Richard Nixon.

Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) two fifteen year old students tape a door open at the Watergate complex so they can sneak out to mail their contest application to "Win a Date With Bobby Sherman".  It occurs on the night of the Watergate break in at the Democratic National Committee.  The taped door leads to their significant involvement in the Watergate investigation by reporters Bob Woodward (Will Ferrell) and Carl Bernstein (Bruce McCulloch).

Jobs and Lorenzo are wonderful free wheeling innocent teens who squeal and shriek, fall in love quickly and out of love more quickly.  They treat Nixon, or "Dick" (Dan Hedaya), and Henry Kissinger (Saul Rubinek) with the same irreverence their parents and siblings face.  They are too clueless to understand their position.  When they become angry with Dick because he doesn't treat Checkers the dog properly they set out to punish him.

So we find that Nixon had documents shredded because he was a paper mache freak, it was Arlene's declaration of undying love for Nixon that was on the eighteen and one half minutes that were erased on the Watergate tapes, Betsy and Arlene captured the incriminating tapes from H.R. Halderman's possession, and the two teens are "Deep Throat".

Presented tongue-in-cheek, we get to see Leonid Brezhnev and Henry Kissinger sing "Hello Dolly" together while under the influence of drug laced cookies; John Dean reduced to tears by the logic of the teens; Woodward and Bernstein stealing information from each other; and we learn that the identity of "Deep Throat" has never been revealed, because it was too embarrassing for the reporters to reveal their source as two young girls.

This visit to the seventies leans on the light side of false history.  It's a wonderful fake, filled with deep humor, caricatures of real people and an irreverence that delights.  Its one problem may be for young folks who do not have knowledge of the Watergate scandal and who may find the humor flying over their heads.



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