Dave is set in Washington, DC during the early 90’s, where he is impersonating the president of the United States. Dave is in a tough position as he is in a place filled with power and politics and he was never involved in such a thing before. Dave’s impersonation of the president, Mitchell is later exposed and he is faced with a difficult decision. All eyes are on Washington, therefore all eyes are on Dave.
President Mitchel, his look-alike, and the movie’s protagonist differ greatly in terms of personality and characteristic. One is power hungry and the other is a simple citizen from a little town who is trying to get by and enjoy life. The only side of Mitchel that the viewer is introduced to is an evil one. Dave shows great adaptability and charisma when he is thrust into Mitchel’s position.
Dave full of characters that illustrate committed citizenship, lawful involvement, and good behavior in response to the scandals of the president and his former chief of staff. Alan for example, even though was on the wrong-doers’ side, has chosen to remain ethical and in good behavior. The main secret service guard has also been committed to doing the right thing.
Dave finds himself in a position in which he is impersonating the president after president Mitchel suffered a heart attack and pressures from the white house chief of staff, Bob. He was introduced to how the president is supposed to act, talk, behave, and run the country. Bob was expecting Dave to follow blindly but he refused and fired Bob lawfully. Bob accused Dave of scandals Mitchel committed. Dave found a way to get himself out of the mess while Bob was imprisoned and the vice president took the president’s role.
Point of View
The makers of Dave are trying to present the viewer with an ethical dilemma. What do you do if you’re in Dave’s position? They argue that it is acceptable to get creative and find a way to achieve the best for all stakeholders while attempt to get out of the mess.
In Dave, we see that Dave attempts to fix what Michel has broken. Dave took responsibility for communication and miscommunication and treated people as individuals and equals, unlike Mitchel. He expressed respect and dignity to people like the secret service guard and even children (Drucker, 1999).
Dave has gone through crucible experience where he was transformed into a more developed and mature personality and identity. Eventually, the experience has molded him to become a very exceptional leader with positive impact (Bennis & Thomas, 2002).
Application to my life
I think Dave teaches us how to switch a shocking experience into something we truly own and can produce positive impact from like Dave did. Dave’s experience transformed the lives of many and fixed relationships and ended corruption in the white house. With his authentic leadership and being true to himself, he was able to win the hearts of many and transform to the better.