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1999’s Dick imagines Watergate’s Deep Throat to be two teenage girls, played by Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams, who get a gig as the president’s dog walkers. After stumbling upon some unsettling tapes, in which President Nixon (Dan Hedaya) is mean to his dog, among other things, they decide to give up a list of names they found to two journalists, Bob Woodward (Will Ferrell) and Carl Bernstein (Bruce McCulloch). It’s a cult classic because it’s hilarious—tough to do when working with Nixon as source material—and because it suggests the bond between two best friends is more powerful than the president. These aggrieved, somewhat naïve, but totally fed-up teens get back at Dick for betraying them, his dog, and his country—and end up holding the fate of American politics in their hands. A political satire and coming-of-age story, Dick is All the President’s Men meets Legally Blonde.Clementine Ford

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