wag the dog: brilliant. delicious. zeitgeist.

“Why does a dog wag its tail? Because the dog is smarter than the tail. If the tail was smarter, it would wag the dog.”

Wag the Dog, explaining the title 

The ones wagging the dog are clearly the spin doctors: Conrad (Robert DeNiro), Stanley (Mr. Dustin Hoffman), and Winifred (Anne Heche). But who is the dog? The media, who eagerly lap up every drop of milk spilled by the White House press staff? The American public, ever-eager for the latest made-for-television war/entertainment? The answer is likely both. To avoid making Wag the Dog sound too much like an intellectual challenge, let me make this clarification: the movie is intelligent, but it’s also a lot of fun. This is the kind of film that you can laugh and think your way through. I look forward to seeing Wag the Dog another time, and I think I’ll enjoy it as much, if not more. No matter what your political persuasion is, or how cynically you regard the goings-on in Washington, you will be entertained. Let’s just hope Wag the Dog isn’t too close to the mark in its depiction of specific events.  (James Berardinelli)

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