Wag the Dog
When the president is caught in a sex scandal less than two weeks before the election, White House spinmaster Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro) creates a phony war with the help of Hollywood producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) to distract the electorate. From acclaimed director Barry Levinson and writers Hilary Henkin and David Mamet comes this biting look at American politics and its insidious relationship with the media.
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- Barry Levinson
- 1998 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Top 100 Laughs nominee
- 1998 Academy Award®
- Best Actor nominee: Dustin Hoffman
- Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1, Unmatted 1.33:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; commentary by Barry Levinson and Dustin Hoffman; "making of" featurette; filmographies; interviews; separate film score audio track; essay on Hollywood and politics; theatrical trailer
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the president is accused of molesting a teenage girl. All of the main characters lie and work to defraud the voters in order to have their candidate re-elected. A woman sleeps with a man in order to advance their conspiracy. Conrad has a producer killed when he threatens to reveal the faked war.
- Sexual Content
- A White House staff member sleeps with a member of the press to advance their conspiracy. She's shown in bed draped in a sheet.
- Two people are killed off-screen. It's implied that a sex offender attacked a farmer's wife. The president is accused of molestation.
- A lot of swearing: "f--k" (many times), as well as "s--t" and many others.
- Social Behavior
- A group of White House staffers conspires to defraud the American public so they can keep their candidate in office.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some drinking and smoking cigarettes and cigars by adults.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it