Throwback Thursday-Wag The Dog (1997)

Politics and the entertainment industry make strange bedfellows, at least to the naked eye. On the surface, each seems so different, but it doesn’t take much digging to find out that both have a lot in common.

In the 1997 movie, Wag The Dog, the Presidential election season is nearly at its end. It seems like the sitting President will not be leaving office anytime soon. That is, until a sex scandal is about to hit the press just days before the election. To cover up the scandal, an aide to the President contacts Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) and Conrad Brean (Robert De Niro). One is a spin doctor, the other is a Hollywood producer. They are tasked with faking a war in Albania and leaking it to the press to ensure that the real scandal is not made public.

What I like about this movie is that it is cynical and calls out the b*llsh*t that happens in both politics and the entertainment industry. It is one of those movies that hits a little too close to home (especially in our current political climate) and reminds us that art can imitate life instead of the other way around.

I recommend it.

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