What happens when THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, a widower, starts dating? All eyes focus on President Andrew Shepherd as he falls in love with Sydney Wade, a lobbyist. He is busy dealing with his Presidential duties, when he meets her. She works for an Environmental Council and wants him to pass a bill for cleaner air. They start to date, but it is not smooth sailing. Everyone is focused on the “President’s girlfriend,” the news of the day. The President’s opposition tries to make his popularity fall by spreading lies about Sydney, but he lets the world know that he is in love with Sydney. He gets tough and decides to send the clean air and crime bills to the floor. He stops listening to the polls and starts doing what is best for the American people.
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT is lightweight, but well produced with first-rate acting. Michael Douglas makes a believable President figure. Supporting roles bring a smile to the audiences faces. The movie was tarnished with the same old politically correct issues of the environment and gun control. In the end, the President learns to think of what would be best for the country as a whole. THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT is unique in its analysis of the presidency and romance. It is too bad that it couldn’t be just a pleasant story instead of having such a blatant liberal political agenda attached.
(H, LL, S, PC) Humanist worldview where people do what is right according to how they feel & they answer to themselves & not to God; 19 obscenities and 4 profanities; implied sexual immorality between couple; and, politically correct stances on issues of environment and gun control.