August 4th, 1999



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Kirsten Dunst stars as Betsy JobsBetsy & Arlene with DickDirector Andrew FlemingBetsy & ArleneDan Hedaya stars as Richard NixonBetsy & Arlene see something they shouldn't

Story of two girls who wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.1/10 (11,553 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Andrew Fleming

Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya

Comedy about two high school girls who wander off during a class trip to the White House and meet President Richard Nixon. They become the official dog walkers for Nixon's dog Checkers, and become his secret advisors during the Watergate scandal.

Writers: Andrew Fleming, Sheryl Longin

Kirsten Dunst - Betsy Jobs
Michelle Williams - Arlene Lorenzo
Dan Hedaya - President Richard M. Nixon
Will Ferrell - Bob Woodward
Bruce McCulloch - Carl Bernstein
Teri Garr - Helen Lorenzo
Dave Foley - Bob Haldeman
Jim Breuer - John Dean
Ana Gasteyer - Rose Mary Woods
Harry Shearer - G. Gordon Liddy
Saul Rubinek - Henry Kissinger
Devon Gummersall - Larry Jobs
Ted McGinley - Roderick
Ryan Reynolds - Chip
G.D. Spradlin - Ben Bradlee

Taglines: He was tricky. They were better.

Release Date: 4 August 1999

Filming Locations: Lawrence Park C.I., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,210,267 (USA) (8 August 1999) (1522 Screens)

Gross: $6,241,697 (USA) (5 September 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Most of the clothes used on the film are original polyester clothes from the 1970s. They were bought brand new from a warehouse.

Factual errors: When the girls first meet President Nixon there is a conversation about the Vietnam War. They say to blame Johnson and someone says that he is dead and someone else says thank God. Johnson died in January 1973 and the scene was supposed to be right after the break in which was June 1972.

Betsy Jobs: It's called incest Arlene, and it's against the law

User Review

One of the funniest movies I've ever seen

Rating: 10/10

I feel for those who had the unenviable job of marketing this movie. Who do you aim it at? Teens, most of whom know nothing about Nixon and Watergate, or adults, who will dismiss it as being another obnoxious, dumb teen comedy? Hence the box office failure. But what true hidden gem this film is! The writers have managed to put elements into this film that will be able to please the entire spectrum of viewers and knowledge of the Watergate scandal is not at all required to enjoy this hilarious film, but if you happen to have a grasp on it's history, your enjoyment will increase tenfold. The performances of everyone involved are top-notch with special notice going to Dan Hedaya (Nixon dead-on)and Michelle Williams (watch her shy expressions and mannerisms as she develops her crush on Nixon. Priceless!). Many, many scenes left me laughing hysterically (the beach dream scene, Haldeman's interrogation of the girls, Hello Dolly meets Breshnev, Bernstein hovering over Woodward at the Post). Add great music, costumes, sets and a fitting ending, and you've got a great movie experience. Don't miss it!!! (And for a treat watch this as a double bill with ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN!)


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