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Kirsten Dunst stars as Betsy JobsBetsy & Arlene with DickDirector Andrew FlemingBetsy & ArleneDan Hedaya stars as Richard NixonBetsy & Arlene see something they shouldn't


Story of two girls who wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.1/10 (11,553 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Andrew Fleming

Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya

Comedy about two high school girls who wander off during a class trip to the White House and meet President Richard Nixon. They become the official dog walkers for Nixon's dog Checkers, and become his secret advisors during the Watergate scandal.

Writers: Andrew Fleming, Sheryl Longin


Kirsten Dunst

Betsy Jobs

Michelle Williams

Arlene Lorenzo

Dan Hedaya

President Richard M. Nixon

Will Ferrell

Bob Woodward

Bruce McCulloch

Carl Bernstein

Teri Garr

Helen Lorenzo

Dave Foley

Bob Haldeman

Jim Breuer

John Dean

Ana Gasteyer

Rose Mary Woods

Harry Shearer

G. Gordon Liddy

Saul Rubinek

Henry Kissinger

Devon Gummersall

Larry Jobs

Ted McGinley


Ryan Reynolds


G.D. Spradlin

Ben Bradlee

He was tricky. They were better.

Release Date: 4 August 1999

Filming Locations: Lawrence Park C.I., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $13,000,000


Opening Weekend: $2,210,267
(8 August 1999)
(1522 Screens)

Gross: $6,241,697
(5 September 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Most of the clothes used on the film are original polyester clothes from the 1970s. They were bought brand new from a warehouse.


Factual errors:
When the girls first meet President Nixon there is a conversation about the Vietnam War. They say to blame Johnson and someone says that he is dead and someone else says thank God. Johnson died in January 1973 and the scene was supposed to be right after the break in which was June 1972.


Betsy Jobs:
It's called incest Arlene, and it's against the law

User Review

One of the funniest movies I've ever seen

Rating: 10/10

I feel for those who had the unenviable job of marketing this movie. Who do
you aim it at? Teens, most of whom know nothing about Nixon and Watergate,
or adults, who will dismiss it as being another obnoxious, dumb teen
Hence the box office failure. But what true hidden gem this film is! The
writers have managed to put elements into this film that will be able to
please the entire spectrum of viewers and knowledge of the Watergate
is not at all required to enjoy this hilarious film, but if you happen to
have a grasp on it's history, your enjoyment will increase tenfold. The
performances of everyone involved are top-notch with special notice going
Dan Hedaya (Nixon dead-on)and Michelle Williams (watch her shy expressions
and mannerisms as she develops her crush on Nixon. Priceless!). Many, many
scenes left me laughing hysterically (the beach dream scene, Haldeman's
interrogation of the girls, Hello Dolly meets Breshnev, Bernstein hovering
over Woodward at the Post). Add great music, costumes, sets and a fitting
ending, and you've got a great movie experience. Don't miss it!!! (And for
treat watch this as a double bill with ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN!)