Reviewed by: Douglas Downs
Watergate and the Nixon presidency, certainly already embarrassing enough situations for the United States, have finally reached an all-time low in “Dick”, a dull, clueless, and predictable comedy.
Two teens, Arlene and Betsy, live in the Watergate Complex. A misunderstanding occurs as they try to mail a letter to the Bobby Sherman Fan Club. The tape they leave on the door, to sneak in and out, is discovered by a security guard. This is only the beginning. The girls stumble upon some documents being destroyed, and begin to notice other oddities going on. President Nixon becomes concerned with how much they really know. He gives them a job walking the White House dog. Arlene falls in love with the President and fantasizes about him.
Sexual innuendo abounds in this mindless film. The dual meaning of the name “Dick” is referred to often. In one scene, Arlene and Betsy suggestively lick lollipops with “Dick” written on them. References to pornography and affairs are also present.
Profanity is heavy. God’s name is taken in vain numerous times. “Dick” glorifies drug and alcohol use. President Nixon is portrayed as an alcoholic and one who enjoys a batch of drug-laced baked goods given to him by the girls. “Dick's” portrayal of the presidency is more disheartening. This film from cast to plot tries to appeal to teens. Parents and teens do not be fooled! This is one to avoid.