Handsome, intelligent, witty, humane, sexy, principled President Michael Douglas... are you beginning to see the problem? Rob Reiner's awkward, derivative film is further evidence of the depressing degeneration of American romantic comedy, predicated on the dubious notion
that Douglas and Annette Bening -- whom we're meant to swallow as a brilliant, ruthless lobbyist -- are the sort of sparkling, magnetic couple whose foibles are ipso facto engaging. Chief of Staff Martin Sheen lurks, Domestic Policy Advisor Michael J. Fox -- the little liberal that could -- stamps
his foot and swears, conservative bogeyman Richard Dreyfuss fulminates and Press Secretary Anna Devea...