->''"You suck, Dick!"''

A 1999 comedy film, directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Creator/KirstenDunst, Creator/MichelleWilliams, and Dan Hedeya, about a pair of teenage girls bringing about the fall of President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon (yes, that's who the [[IntentionallyAwkwardTitle title]] refers to; [[DoubleEntendre get your mind out of the gutter]]).

Betsy (Dunst) and Arlene (Williams) are kind-hearted but [[TheDitz not overly bright]] best friends who, while sneaking out late at night to mail an entry to a "meet Bobby Sherman" contest, inadvertently cause the Watergate break-in to be discovered. Later, on a school trip to the White House, they are recognized and spirited away to be interrogated, which indirectly results in them meeting President Nixon (Hedaya) face to face. Nixon, recognizing their lack of interest in politics of any kind along with their great interest in petting his dog Checkers, buys their silence by naming them the "official White House dog walkers", meaning that they are present for all the major moments of Nixon's presidency.

But their naive loyalty is shattered when they discover evidence that Nixon is mean to his dog (oh, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and of his large-scale criminal activities and corruption]]) and vow to bring him down. And so, with the help of the title of Betty's brother's favourite porn movie and the bungling Woodward (Creator/WillFerrell) and Bernstein (Bruce [=McCulloch=]) of the ''Washington Post'', [[MysteriousInformant Deep Throat]] is born...

!!Provides examples of:
* SeventiesHair: Carl Bernstein sports a luxurious pompadour, spoofing Dustin Hoffman's look in ''Film/AllThePresidentsMen''.
* AccidentalPublicConfession: The girls confront Nixon "[[YouKnowWhatYouDid with what they know]]". Panicked, Nixon launches into a furious rant denouncing "the radical muckraking bastards at the ''Washington Post''", inadvertently confessing in the process. After a stunned pause, the girls reveal that they were just taking about his abuse to Checkers.
-->'''Nixon''':... [[KickTheDog What dog?]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: It's the fact that Nixon is mean to his dog that gets the girls ''really'' outraged.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: By the time of Watergate, Checkers was long dead and Nixon had different dogs, but of course, Checkers is the one most associated with him.
** There is a short line where John Dean asks Nixon if he should be calling the dog King Timahoe by now, implying Nixon just calls all his dogs Checkers.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: In addition to accidentally exposing the entire Watergate scandal Betsy and Arlene teach Nixon the V Sign, and the Hello Dolly cookies they bring in get UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev high and get help the Moscow Summit peace talks run smoothly.
* ButtMonkey: Henry Kissinger gets no respect from anyone.
* CelebrityCrush: Arlene is originally infatuated with Bobby Sherman...
** ...before settling on [[{{Squick}} Dick]].
* AChildShallLeadThem: Parodied; in front of Nixon and his Cabinet, Arlene blurts out a rather naive anti-war statement ("War is not healthy for children and other living things.") This leads to a stunned silence, and then a lot of bickering about Vietnam ("If you want to complain about Vietnam, talk to [[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson Johnson]]!").
* CovertPervert: It's hinted that Bernstein is one of these.
* DancePartyEnding: After the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue announces that Betsy and Arlene went on to open a successful roller disco, the credits roll over the two skating around an [[{{Disco}} elaborately lit]] replica of the Oval Office.
* ADickInName: Nixon wants to be called "Dick" at times for the sake of (false) friendship. Obviously, more than one time this is used as an (unknown to the girls) double-entendre insult (see the quote at the top).
* DirtyOldMan: Averted. Nixon's horrified at the implication of a teenager crushing on him, though he's more disturbed at the thought of the press finding out about it.
* TheDitz: Neither Betsy nor Arlene are the sharpest of nails initially, but [[CharacterDevelopment they gradually become more savvy]].
* DoubleEntendre: The filmmakers get a lot of mileage out of Nixon's preferred nickname.
* FlagBikini: The girls make bikini tops out of a flag.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Because Woodward and Bernstein are too embarrassed to admit they brought down the White House with the help of two teenage dog walkers.
* HippieTeacher: Arlene's teacher.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Kissinger is portrayed as the affable, ignored OnlySaneMan of the Nixon Administration. In real life, he is considered by many to be a war criminal, and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement that's all that will be said.]]
* HistoricalInJoke:
** The movie was made before W. Mark Felt admitted he was the true identity of 'Deep Throat'.
** Additionally, the marijuana-laced cookies the girls give Nixon help the talks with UefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev go smoothly, leading to the end of the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar; the eighteen minute gap in Nixon's tapes is because Arlene confessed her love for him on it and he erased the confession; and the two give Nixon the idea to do the V Sign.
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle
* IntoxicationEnsues: Betsy and Arlene bake the President cookies, using their brother's secret recipe; however, they aren't aware this includes marijuana...
** The guards seemed to like em too:
--->'''White House Guards''': Got the cookies?\\
'''Betsy and Arlene''': (nodding enthusiastically) Uh huh.\\
'''White House Guards''': YEAH!!
* IntrepidReporter: Parodied -- Woodward and Bernstein are portrayed as clowns with overdeveloped egos.
* KickTheDog: A literal use of this trope, with Nixon mistreating his own dog.
* LargeHam: Nixon when he's pissed.
-->'''Nixon''': You don't mess with the big boys!
* MysteriousInformant: Parodied; "Deep Throat" is definitely ''not'' what Woodward and Bernstein were expecting. Their keeping the girls' identity secret is because it's too embarrassing.
* OnlySaneMan: Kissinger, for the Nixon administration.
* PowerIsSexy: Arlene falls hard for Nixon (to the point where the ''entire'' "18 1/2 gap" was taken up by her message of love to him). Naturally, it doesn't last after they find out Nixon's true nature.
* PreciousPuppies: Nixon's dog Checkers is oh so this to the girls. Not exactly so to Nixon.
* SevenMinuteLull: "You can't let Dick control your life!"
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/AllThePresidentsMen'' and various other movies about Watergate and Nixon.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Arlene becomes infatuated with Nixon.