I've always been a fan of films from the 90s, and this film is a gem among the seabed. The predecessor to "The West Wing" (seriously, see how many plot points are later repeated in that show), this film stars Michael Douglas as a father, widower, resident of Wisconsin, card-carrying member of the ACLU, member of the Democractic Party, and...oh yeah, President of the United States. Facing an approaching re-election, a fierce Republican rival, a crime bill headed for Congress, a state dinner with the President of France, problems with the Middle East, and a possible love interest, played by Annette Bening, the man's day is certainly never boring...and neither is this film. Michael Douglas comes off as a likable guy, so it's no wonder that he enters this film under high regard and respect. Unfortunetly, his desire to keep his job (who doesn't have that these days) soon interfears with all that high regard and respect stuff and the White House staff find themselves on shakey grounds. Annette Bening's character is definetly more focused as she fights to save the envierment and hopes to get the president's support for such a plan. Though a deal is struck, both characters have a lot of work ahead of them and will have their character and marols tested along the way. This is a film worth watching and owning if you can never seem to catch it on television. While there are those who regard this film as a "libereal fantasy", I remind everyone that it's simply a movie and not a documentary. If you want to learn about politics, read a book. Otherwise, just enjoy this film.