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'An American President'

February 09, 1997|Kenneth Turan

The president of the United States (Michael Douglas, pictured) follows the rules like anyone else, and the rules of a romantic comedy like this 1995 film require that he and a lobbyist (Annette Bening, pictured) meet cute if they are to meet at all. So, the president just happens to tiptoe into a White House meeting right at the point where Bening is laying into him as "the chief executive of Fantasyland." A return to mass appeal form by director Rob Reiner after the fiasco of "North," "The American President" deals with the pressing question of whether a man can run the country and give flowers to a woman at the same time (Showtime Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 p.m.).

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