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Oliver Stone (J.F.K., Nixon) sets out to show how George W. Bush (Josh Brolin) became the man who decided a preemptive strike on Iraq was appropriate. Stone takes a sort-of sympathetic backhand approach with W, using flashbacks to show his problems with his elitist father (James Cromwell), his self-esteem issues, his mismanagement of alcohol and so on, while making sure to include a virtual greatest hits collection of boobish quotes from the president. There are good moments and just as many dull ones, but anyone who has read even a little about Bush will find nothing new here. The acting ranges from excellent (Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney) to sketch comedy shallow. Meh. 131 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes a commentary track by Oliver Stone, a featurette and DVD-Rom materials.

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