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At Theaters: 10/17/2008 On Video: 2/10/2009
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 9 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 529914
Studio: Lions Gate Films
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W. takes viewers through Bush’s (our 43rd President) eventful life -- his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to his decision to invade Iraq.
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Drama - This is not a hatchet job/attack on the current president but a fairly even-handed look at his rise to office; that said, liberal audiences are the target crowd. Those expecting something more broadly comic as the trailers and ads suggest will be disappointment. This is basically a one-man show for Josh Brolin as most of the supporting roles are small.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Josh Brolin NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, AMERICAN GANGSTER
Elizabeth Banks MEET DAVE, DEFINITELY, MAYBE, FRED CLAUS
Ellen Burstyn THE FOUNTAIN, THE WICKER MAN
James Cromwell BECOMING JANE, THE QUEEN, THE LONGEST YARD
Richard Dreyfuss POSEIDON, THE CREW, KRIPPENDORF'S TRIBE
Scott Glenn NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
Wri/Dir: Oliver Stone WORLD TRADE CENTER, ALEXANDER, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 7 S-words, 3 GD's, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Political humor/satire.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average Superficial, uninformative, and inert, this two hour snoozefest isn't even inflammatory enough to stoke a righteous anti-Bush brushfire.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Excellent Oliver Stone's 'W.,' a biography of President Bush, is fascinating. No other word for it.

USA Today Full Review
Good The short and snappy title W. reflects the style and focus of this entertaining but superficial biopic. Don't 'misunderestimate' us, to paraphrase President Bush: The performances are good (some scarily realistic), and the movie is enjoyable to watch. But as a probing analysis of the 43rd president, it falls short.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 64 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
1
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
Fairly Low
67%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
About 50/50
100%
30+Adults (M)
20
Low
40%
30+Adults (F)
34
Low
47%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 64 moviegoers:
From the attitude of the people I gave review questionnaires to, I'm not sure these reviews are going to be very useful for this movie. I believe many viewers had such a strong opinion about the subject of this movie that they are possibly giving low reviews as a way of showing their disapproval. I personally didn't see anything in this movie that would warrant these mediocre reviews.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
A Yale graduate, a sometimes Texas oilman, a one-time drinker and an Evangelical convert -George W. Bush was many things. But at the end of the day, he became the least likely of all: President of the United States.

How did this improbable character, long considered the black sheep of his esteemed family, transform himself into the Leader of the Free World? W. is the profoundly American story of George W. Bush, a man who wrestled with his personal demons in the long shadow of his father, found God at 40 and made an incredible turnaround that ultimately led him to the White House.

W. follows his journey from a Yale frat house to the oil fields and baseball diamonds of Texas, all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. In the process, it reveals the making of the man who would become the 43nd President of the United States – his struggles, his achievements and the consequences of both.

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