My Fellow Americans (1996)

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In a fictional Washington DC, where the old war between Republicans and Democrats never end, we watch as an 11-year span of history takes two ex-presidents, a cheap, penny-pinching tightwad of a Republican,President Russell P. Kramer (Jack Lemmon) and a philandering ladies’ man of a Democrat,President Matt Douglas (James Garner), and puts them together in a race against time to clear Kramer’s name when the new president, President William Haney (Dan Akroyd) whom was vice-president when Kramer was in office, tries to pin a scandalous kickback he took from a contractor, Charlie Reynolds (James Rebhorn), during Kramer’s administration. Washington news busybody, Kaye Griffin (Sela Ward), leaks the word that there is some kind of shady dealings in Kramer’s past, and the Democrats are looking to play this up with some shady dealings of their own. Some mayhem and murder occurs during a state function in which all three presidents are in attendance, in which Charlie Reynolds winds up getting shot in the head by a drive-by shooting. The two ex-presidents leave town to attend a retired general’s funeral, and as they leave, they are summoned to Camp David by President Haney, but this is a setup by someone in Haney’s administration to stop Kramer and Douglas from doing any more investigating about the kickback from Reynolds. The are picked up in a chopper, and then get caught up in a whirlwind race from North Carolina to Ohio to prove Kramer’s innocence. On the run from the feds that were originally sworn to protect them, and with no cash on hand, they find the most unlikely allies in the real Americans they run into along the way. No matter where they turn, it seems that whoever is trying to do them in is always one step ahead of them, so they have to be just as crafty when trying to find evidence to turn against them. These two old eagles remember that saying “Age and treachery will always out do youth and skill”, and do they ever! This was a great film to watch on Presidents’ Day, and I love Washington movies, so this was no exception. I highly recommend this at times when we get a bit too carried away with our political process to remind all of us Americans of how silly it all can be.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★☆☆