Trade is a tough film to watch. There is a rape. There is violence toward children. I felt, though, that the movie handles these tough issues very well and respects all of the characters throughout the film. Once the Kevin Kline character enters the story, there are moments of unbelievability and even sappiness but for the most part, I felt this was a realistic portrayal of a small slice of the world of human trafficking. The movie does not end how you think it will…where I thought it was going to end would have been unsatisfying for me…since it would have been a clichéd, happy ending. It went one step further and took the ending back to a place of realism and believability.

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Presidential look-alike Dave (Kevin Kline) saves the day and the country when he stands in for the president after the “real guy” has a stroke. Problems ensue when he decides to institute policies without permission and falls in love with the first lady, who soon discovers the secret about her real husband (who is a compassionless, womanizing man) when she gets to know nice-guy “fake” husband Dave. Not the finest comedy ever made but a pretty decent stab at a Capra-like film that succeeds in most areas.

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