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[[caption-width-right:300:a life misunderestimated]]

''W.'' (pronounced "Dubya" [[note]]After the way it's pronounced in [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]], of which Bush was state governor[[/note]]) is a 2008 {{Biopic}} of GeorgeWBush that was directed by Creator/OliverStone and written by his ''Film/WallStreet'' screenwriter Stanley Weiser.

It tells the story of Bush's life from his college years to his Presidency, but is based around his administration's push for the war with Iraq. Creator/JoshBrolin stars as George W. Bush, with Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, Creator/JamesCromwell as George H.W. Bush, and Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney. It is a largely sympathetic portrayal of the man, but also has a bit of a satiric edge.

The film is notable for being the first Presidential {{Biopic}} to be released while said President was still in office. Understandably, the film faced a good deal of controversy when (and even ''before'') it was released. [[FlameBait Conservatives accused it of being liberal propaganda, and many liberals accused Stone of being too]] ''[[FlameBait soft]]'' [[FlameBait on Bush]]. (Basically, the same criticisms Stone received for ''Film/{{Nixon}}''.) It recieved mixed, but still generally positive reviews, with lots of praise for the uncanny performances by Brolin, Cromwell, and Dreyfuss.

Creator/OliverStone was later told by BillClinton that he had loaned Bush his DVD of ''W.'' and that Bush found some parts very sad but liked the film very much.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Bush is shown to be quite the drinker in his youth, apparently stemming from a hazing incident from college.
* AnachronicOrder: The movie jumps back and forth in time between Bush's early years and the buildup to the Iraq war.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Deliberately invoked; many of Bush's famous [[{{Malaproper}} Malapropers]] are moved to different points in time for comic purposes.
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: W is shown coughing in the scene where he is apparently choking on a pretzel. If he is coughing, it means he is breathing. And if he is breathing, he is not choking. That, and at no point are his lips turning blue.
* BackgroundHalo: While praying after giving the order to invade Iraq, [[HitlerCam a low-angle shot]] makes a light in the ceiling look like a halo around Bush's head, and then the light goes off.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Bush Jr. confronts and challenges his father at least twice, and eventually remarks that he only answers to a higher, celestial father.
* DiseaseBleach: The stress Bush is under ages him quite a bit.
* TheDitz: Downplayed, while W is not the sharpest knife in the drawer and is able to get lost in his own ranch, the film doesn't bash Bush in this regard, unlike contemporary portrayals of the man.
* EnhancedInterrogationTechniques: DickCheney uses the trope name in a scene where he has Bush sign an order authorizing it.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LArGlfEVYqM The Yellow Rose of Texas]] is used as a boisterous {{leitmotif}} for W, who is quite proud of his Midland heritage and is made very upset when he loses a congressional race in the region:
-->'''Bush:''' “There’s no way I’ll ever be out-Texaned or out-Christianed again!”
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Dubya and Jeb, respectively.
* FreudianExcuse: One of the criticisms leveled at the film by Liberals was in its near-complete reliance on this to explain Bush's flaws. George Sr. is a well-meaning but emotionally distant father unable to have a face to face talk with his son, who feels haunted by the disdain well into his so called adulthood. His mother Barbara barely hides her criticism and scorn. See also TheUnfavorite and WellDoneSonGuy.
* GameOfNerds: While not many people would call George Bush a nerd ''per se'', his love of baseball is a constant theme throughout.
* GodwinsLaw: Cheney is very fond of Hitler analogies.
* ImagineSpot: Bush is often seen imagining himself as a baseball star.
* HannibalLecture: After Powell rips apart his entire strategy on Iran, Dick Cheney's speech to the cabinet on how to best create an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVmVdOohAXg American empire in the Middle East]].
* HappilyMarried:
** George and Laura.
** George Sr. and Barbara.
* HiddenDepths: Dubya is not a simpleton or as goofy as he appears, while he's presented as a ManChild with daddy issues who is over his head who makes stupid mistakes, he's also shown to be savvy and reflective about some things, from time to time, and generally means very well.
* IdleRich: W is born with a silver spoon and wants to change this image - first trying his hand at being an oil worker, before quitting after slacking off too much. Before running for Governor of Texas, Karl Rove remarks that W has not done a thing in his life.
* ItsPersonal: Bush Sr. always left personal feelings out of politics, but Saddam made him change [[NothingPersonal this approach]]. The son inherits the feud and is set to conclude it.
* LeftHanging: ''Literally''. At the end of the film, after he embarasses himself by being unable to answer a reporter when she asks him what his biggest mistake was while in office, Bush has another [[ImagineSpot baseball fantasy]] where he runs to catch a long fly ball [[spoiler: which never comes down]].
* LogicalFallacies: Rumsfeld smugly uses "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence", which in due context is a valid argument, but in the movie he invokes it during the discussion about the [=WMDs=] and comes off as a gung-ho handwave.
* {{Malaproper}}: The amount of Bushisms present in the movie is not to be ''misunderstimated''
-->You need to teach a child to read... then he or her will be able to pass a literacy test\\
Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?\\
We got this Guantanemera open\\
Fool me once, shame on... you? Now fool me twice and... [[{{Metaphorgotten}} ya can't get fooled again]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: Despite Bush making it quite clear that ''he'' is supposed to be "The Decider", either Dick Cheney or Karl Rove are usually shown to be the brains behind most of the White House's decisions.
* MeetCute: George and Laura first meeting at a friend's barbecue. Bush proves to be quite the charmer, getting Laura's number despite the fact that she describes herself [[HilariousInHindsight a librarian who works on Democratic campaigns]].
* TheNicknamer: Shown in an early scene to call his cabinet members by names such as "Turdblossom", "Balloon Foot", etc. In a FlashBack to his frat days, this is shown to be his way to remember people's names.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Some trailers for the movie suggested more of a comedic parody of George Bush's tenure as the President, contrasting the more down-to-earth if satirical tone of the actual film.
* NiceToTheWaiter: While he isn't mean ''per se'', Dubya does criticize a White House servant on being slow by seconds in bringing him a sandwich.
* NobodyPoops: Averted. W is shown sitting on the toilet.
* OnlySaneMan: Colin Powell is portrayed as this.
* ParentalFavoritism: Bush Jr. believes that his parents have always favored Jeb over him.
* PersonaNonGrata: Brent Scowcroft, after the reporter expresses Bush Sr.'s concerns by proxy.
* PretextForWar: Bush explains that his administration will [[SchmuckBait bait]] Saddam and trump-up charges if it comes to that. TonyBlair is uneasy about it
* RunningGag: Bush's habit of praying at the end of the meetings is presented as awkward and quirky, to the point that some of the attending find it odd and barely conceal their disbelief.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Bush Sr. intercedes for his son time and again. W is admitted to Harvard Business without knowing that his father pulled the strings.
* SurroundedByIdiots: While he never states this outright, Dubya is NOT happy when he's told that Iraq didn't, and probably never did, have Weapons of Mass Destruction.
* ToppledStatue: Saddam's. Discussed by Bush Sr. and Barbara during the symbolic overthrow. "Well, they got the statue but now they gotta catch the man."
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers made it out to be a surrealistic, mocking satire about a gibbering retard and his idiot presidency. The real film is much more serious and treats the main character as complex and with some sympathy.
* TheUnfavorite: In the film, Bush Sr. makes it quite clear that he wanted Jeb to be his political successor and considers Bush at times to be an embarrassment. This is driven home in Bush's second-to-last dream sequence, in when enters the Oval Office, only to find Bush Sr. sitting at the desk and mocking him.
* TheWarOnTerror: Afghanistan is regarded as an exercise and not as a real war and Cheney views the aftermath of 9/11 [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste as an opportunity for Empire-building]] in the Middle East.
* WellDoneSonGuy:
** Dubya, in spades.
--->'''Laura''': You helped him win the presidency. You gained his respect.
--->'''George''': No matter what I do, it's just never gonna be enough.
** Implied with George Sr. in passing when he remarks that the only real thing he was ever given by his father was a pair of cufflinks.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Said word for word by W. in regard to Iraq and the terrorists.
* [[YesMan Yes Woman]]: Condoleezza Rice stands out as one of the most caricaturesque portrayals. She's also literally caricatured in-universe as this on a paper.

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