Wag The Dog (1997)

 Rated R for some swearing, but not that much.

This is something, piece of cake! It’s a day before the mid-terms, so it’s time for the Next 126 Project to get all political again. Actually, the vitriol is pretty muted this time. We focus on the funny. And Wag The Dog is that. Dustin Hoffman is hysterical, Anne Heche is at her best and Robert De Niro wisely plays the closest thing to a straight man as there is in Barry Levinson’s flick. Our gibby gab about this perhaps dated film bites into the media, sex scandals, fixers and phony patriotism. A very solid satire. You know you need some Sparkplug Coffee deep down in your belly and when you buy some, make sure to enter the promo code “top100project” for a 10% discount.

For The Record: Ryan implies that Wag The Dog was the 2nd time Dustin Hoffman worked with Barry Levinson, but it was the 3rd with their 4th (Sphere) coming out a few months later.


Coming Attractions Trivia Answer: ???

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

1997 U.S. Box Office

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

Links to: Rain Man and Sleepers and As Good As It Gets and L.A. Confidential

YouTube links: war is show biz and Stanley making movie magic and Connie talks his way out of trouble and good old Shoe and “I want the credit”

Previously on the Next 125 Project: Rosemary’s Baby

November 12th on the Next 127 Project: The Producers