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This story about a TV comedian (Robin Williams) who's elected president due to a faulty new computerized voting machine was written and directed by Barry Levinson, but it's no Wag the Dog and not even a satire, political or otherwise. It's not exactly a love story either, although the president-elect falls for the woman (Laura Linney) who's discovered the mechanical error. Nor is it a thriller, despite some slam-bang skulduggery involving a corporate villain (Jeff Goldblum), or a buddy film, despite the warmth between the comic and his manager (Christopher Walken). Mainly it's a shambles, though for once Williams gets to do what he's best at (his stand-up shtick), and the absurd story, no matter how carelessly assembled, keeps moving. With Lewis Black. PG-13, 102 min.

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