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Laramie Movie Scope: Dave

A Capraesque romantic comedy

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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May 11, 1993 -- ``Dave'' is one of those old-fashioned Frank Capra-type of films that pull all the right strings. It is not as corny as ``Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,'' but it does try to get you to believe that some politicians are O.K.

Kevin Kline, who won an Oscar for ``A Fish Called Wanda,'' gives another excellent performance here, along with Sigourney Weaver. Frank Langella, who played the debonair Dracula in the 1979 film of the same name, plays another Prince of Darkness in this film as a sinister chief of staff with a personality like G. Gordon Liddy.

Langella is great in a thankless role, with just a hint of comedy and a lot of menace. Ivan Reitman, who directed ``Ghostbusters'' has another comedy hit on his hands this time.

Reitman has just the right touch in this film about a presidential impersonator who enjoys an extended stay in the White House and develops an appreciation for politics. This film rates an ``A.''

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