The Reagans

Lead Performer: James Brolin, Judy Davis; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: CBS

How to make an ubercontroversial biopic: Cast the hubby of Democratic Party loyalist Barbra Streisand as the conservative, Bible-thumping Gipper. Write an aggressively corny script depicting the First Lady as a pill-popping, astrology-obsessed Mommie Dearest. And bluntly remind voters that the jelly-bean-loving President not only reacted apathetically toward the AIDS crisis but may have shown signs of Alzheimer’s while still in the White House. Voila! You now have a unilateral three-hour movie about ”America’s first dysfunctional family” that GOPers – and CBS – deemed too incendiary for network TV (it ended up airing on Showtime).

EXTRAS Reaganiacs, proceed with caution: Uncensored extended scenes plus a candid Brolin interview and commentary by executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will only get your right-wing tongues wagging more.

Originally posted May 21 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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