PS: Movies Containing Dumb Presidents Portrayals

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Intro:

In some movies the makers have portrayed memorably dumb fictional presidents. Which of them is the funniest dumb-o? Discuss here.

Rules:

No documentation, no tv-series, rated 5/10 or higher
wanted: Movies including fictional presidents that act dumb or funny,  also animated, any country.

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls098842902/

Poll: ?


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Posted 2 months ago

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Tough call. All the nominees seem much smarter than they did a few years ago.
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Breumaster

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An awkward truth.
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Lol Mark,

A lot of these fictional buffoons do look smart in comparison to some recent real world leaders (& candidates) like Trump, Biden, Trudeau, Obama, Kittens & others.
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Hi Breu,

Maybe you want to explicitly limit the characters in your poll to Presidents, but if not, perhaps consider using the broader term "Heads of State" which will then also include Prime Ministers, Chancellors (like your Merkel), "Chairmen", Monarchs, Theocrats and all the rest.
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Selina:
I changed it a little. Please look again.
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Looks good!
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Breumaster

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Wanna suggest? ;)
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Will think on it.
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Maybe American Dreamz (2006) where Dennis Quaid plays a president (Bush?). But it's just above 5 , 5.4 exactly.
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milenko cvorkov:
Thank you for suggesting. :D
I've put your suggestion to the list.
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Breumaster,

For your consideration:

You Nazty Spy! (1940)
In a country, munitions manufacturers maneuver a wallpaper hanger to become dictator with his compatriots as his personal staff.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033281/trivia
Was the first Hollywood film to spoof Adolf Hitler, released nine months before Charles Chaplin's more famous The Great Dictator (1940).
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Dan, I think that Breu is restricting the list to fictional leader. Hitler is not fictional.
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Even if it's a mismatch for this poll, it's good to know someone appreciates the intellectual depth and incisive satire of The Stooges.
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cinephile,

Breumaster included Charles Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940), which is a parody of Hitler. Charles Chaplin plays Hynkel - Dictator of Tomania / A Jewish Barber

In You Nazty Spy! (1940), Curly Howard plays Curly Gallstone (as Curly), Larry Fine plays Larry Pebble (as Larry) and Moe Howard plays Moe Hailstone (as Moe). These characters are parodies of Hitler and Hitler's advisors.
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Parodies are ok. Charlie was called Hynkel, not Hitler. But I thought for myself, if I should put him on the list. Maybe I should put 'The Great Dictator' down, because of my own rules. cinephile is right when stating that it is a parody on a real person. Only a name change might be a little less. I'll put him down from the list.
Thank you guys, I didnt think of that grey zone.

I'll look at your other suggestions, thank you for suggesting. But after work. ;)
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I never understood why for The Simpsons Movie they had President Schwarzenegger instead of Ranier Wolfcastle/McBain... I guess they were done with satirical subtlety. 
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B'cauze they know that he has no chance to become the president of the United States. He is born in Austria. Only American born can become US president.
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I second The Emperor's New Groove.

Kuzco (voice) [David Spade] has to be one of most clueless fictional leaders of all time.
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Thank you. I've put it on the list. :D
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The character in Benvenuto Presidente is called Peppino if you want him.
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pencho:
Sorry, I didn't get these are 2 movies. I'll put Peppino on the list. :D
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I need some more dumb-os. Any idea?
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Haroun El Poussah in both, the film Iznogoud- Caliph Instead of the Caliph (2005), and the animated series Iznogoud (1995). Though, both are based on the better known french comic (written by the writer of Asterix)
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milenko:
Thank you for suggesting. :D
I would take isnogud, 'The Caliphe', which I know as a terrific comic on the list, but it doesn't match the criteria of being rated at least 5/10.
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I forgot about that. I did my best :)
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milenko: You're welcome. :D
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? ?
 
Dick (1999)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144168/reference
18,151 IMDb users have given a weighted average vote of 6.1 / 10 
  
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.
  
Kirsten Dunst Kirsten Dunst ... Betsy Jobs
Michelle Williams Michelle Williams ... Arlene Lorenzo
Dan Hedaya Dan Hedaya ... Dick 
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Dick is short for Richard Nixon. I don't have a problem with him being included, but you emphasized fictional.
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I second that. Also, for as much as I detested Richard Nixon's Presidency, apparently he was quite smart: he had terrible judgement about some very important things but those actions were born out of psychological problems and a very shaky moral compass but not lack of intelligence. I didn't see the movie so perhaps the character is illustrated differently but then we get back to Peter's comment. 
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Correct! But I struggle with myself if I should skip the "fictional" rule. There are so less suggestions. For now I wipe Nixon from the list. Let's see how may fictional leaders will follow.
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Hmmm, I think this list of fictional characters is quite good with some very funny options. Perhaps you could do another poll about real-life leaders? 
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Breu,

If you choose to create a real-life version of this poll, as Ruby suggests, I humbly suggest that the list should only include people who are no longer alive.

For that poll, I would nominate Ludwig II of Bavaria. For those unfamiliar with this ruler, he commissioned the building of two palaces and a castle: Herrenchiemsee, Schloss Linderhof, and Neuschwanstein Castle.
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In The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) there's a short scene involving (an unnamed) US president. He's watching the football game on TV, and then Dreyfuss hijacks all channels and starts his own broadcast, threatening to destroy the world. The president is such an idiot that he tries other channels to switch to the game, not paying any attention to the threats. Finally when the Dreyfuss broadcast is over, the president turns to his staff, saying "call the security, the FBI, the CIA, find out who won the game!"
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Ardan:
Got a youtube link of the sequence? Maybe I'd ask for a re-push. But it should be long enough to fit.
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Thank you very much. :D