"They used to run the country. Now they're running for their lives!"
Former presidents, and bitter political rivals, Russell P. Kramer (R) and Matt Douglas (D) are caught up in a presidental scandal. When Marine One explodes in the Appalachians woods (A failed part of the cover-up, they're supposed to die) leaving them stranded, the 2 rivals must work together to clear up their names. Along the way to Kramer's presidential library in Ohio they meet a homeless family, are forced to jump off a train carrying North Carolina State students, get a rid from a woman carrying illegal immigrants, and even march in a gay pride parade. All the while they are trying to avoid capture and death by the government in order to protect the cover-up. After getting a confession from Chief of Staff Wilkerson, the 2 presidents make it to Washington and after some strange antics (This includes leading a odd White House tour and a wild horse chase) confront President Haney and force him to resign. Afterwards the realize its all a ploy by the horribly stupid vice president, Ted Matthews and secretly record his "confession." and have him hauled off to jail after his 1 year term (The movie takes place in the 3rd year of Haney's term). At the end of the movie, the 2 political rivals run as Independent president and vice presidential candidates.
Although a fairly entertaining movie, this is definately not one of Jack Lemmon's best works. A interesting plot with way to much profanity as part of the humor makes this movie seem boring after sometime. It's worth a laugh, but it's most likely going to be a forgettable movie. My favorite part of the movie is this:
Margaret Kramer: Before we checkout [out of the hotel] do you want me to steal all of the little shampoos and soaps?
Russell Kramer: God Margaret...I already got them.
Okay, maybe it's not that funny, still. It's an okay movie to watch if you have some time.