142. Wag The Dog (1997)

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6.8 Slightly entertaining
  • Acting 6.6
  • Directing 7.0
  • Story 6.8
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Starring: Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Willie Nelson

Director: Barry Levinson

Running Time: 97 mins


Wag The Dog is an American film about a Hollywood producer, and one of the President’s right-hand men, who team up to fabricate a new war with Albania, intending to cover up a recent sex scandal, just days before the upcoming presidential election.

I really thought that this was a cool story, and the idea of fabricating a war by using the movies sounded like a preposterous but possibly realistic idea, so I was intrigued to see how it would have worked out in practice.

However, I don’t think that this film will go down as one of the most memorable films I have ever seen, as the story was presented in quite a dull way, with very little room for excitement or any tension, when there definitely could have been some.

Also, with top actors like Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman, I expected this to be fantastic, but it wasn’t really, it was just relatively entertaining, with a good story, and some good jokes for the comedic side to the film, but it was overall a little disappointing, so I’ll give it a 6.8.

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