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Charlie Wilson's War
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Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Universal Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: Only if you want to expose them to nudity, drugs, alcohol, and war.
Date Movie: It's good for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of boobs and talked about sex.
Gratuitous Violence: You get some war violence.
Action: Nope.
Laughs: Quite a few.  Some just chuckles, some belly-laughs.
Memorable Scene: Charlie meeting the weapon's expert.
Memorable Quote: One of Charlie's secretaries: "You can teach him to type but you can't teach him to grow tits.," that and Charlie calling his secretaries "Jailbait."
Directed By: Mike Nichols
Produced By: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman

Charlie Wilson's War
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:37 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
As my stalker fest of actresses continues, today I went to see "Charlie Wilsonís War," and you know what that means, yup, Iíve got a new actress to stalk. First there was Diane Kruger in the "National Treasure" movie, yesterday was Jenna Fischer from the "Walk Hard" film, and Iíll bet youíre thinking that this time it must be Julia Roberts. Well, youíre wrong. Julia did look fine but I couldnít get past the hairdo, instead I was smitten with Amy Adams.  Enough with my actress stalking, letís get to "Charlie Wilsonís War."

Back in the 1980ís the Afghan people were trying to stop the Russians from invading their country, but they lacked the firepower to stop them. Enter Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks), a US Congressman from Texas. He was a partier, liked women and booze, but then found himself taking the side of the Afghans, wondered why our government wasnít helping them, then, being a member of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, and with the help of CIA dude Gust (Philip Seymour Hoffman), secured the money, secured the means to get the weapons in the hands of the Afghans, who in turn got rid of the Russians.

Okay, the movieís not really that simple because thereís also Joanne (Julia Roberts), a wealthy Texas woman who Charlie is smitten with (and jazzes), who actually seems like the mastermind behind Charlie, convincing him of the need for the government interaction.

And then, even more, the movieís not really that simple, and you would almost think with the topic at hand that "Charlie Wilsonís War" was a serious look at Congressional politics, the United States getting involved in foreign affairs, and crap like that, but nope, this movie takes a comedic side, highlighting the womanizing aspect of Charlie, the ballsy nature of Gust, and the highfalutin nature of Joanne. And you know what, serious topic aside, the movie is very funny. Tom Hanks is great as a dude who is loving life then seems to get his calling to change the world, Julia Roberts is great as the Texas socialite, I loved Amy Adams as Charlieís assistant doing her best to keep Charlie in check, but the absolute show-stealer is Philip Seymour Hoffman in the role of the CIA operative, with a smart mouth but knowing to keep his job he needs to have blackmailing information on his bosses.

Itís a weird movie that can teeter between a serious topic like the United States funding covert operations to boot the Russians out of Afghanistan in the Ď80ís yet making it a fun time, and "Charlie Wilsonís War" does just that. From some of the things Iíve read the movie takes it a little easy with Charlie and his reputation as a partier (although the opening scene in Las Vegas sure sets it up nicely), and the movie does stay away from getting too political, which is nice.

At the end of it all I give "Charlie Wilsonís War" 4 stars out of 5. Itís a movie that will make you think about some serious government issues but still will make you laugh. And oh, the days when you could hire a bunch of hotties, call them "Jailbait," and get away with it.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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