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FILE - In this undated publicity photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Jamie Foxx stars in Columbia Pictures' "White House Down," directed by Roland Emmerich. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Reiner Bajo)
Movie review: Call this one ‘White House Dumb’

First Published Jun 27 2013 03:37 pm • Last Updated Jun 27 2013 07:29 pm

"White House Down" isn’t so much the second terrorists-take-over-the-White House movie in three months — after "Olympus Has Fallen" — as it is director Roland Emmerich’s fourth remake of his 1996 blockbuster, "Independence Day." (It joins "Godzilla," "Day After Tomorrow" and "2012" as variations on a theme.) And the alien attack was much more plausible than this unintentionally hilarious action flick.

Channing Tatum stars as Secret Service wannabe John Cale, who, along with his 11-year-old daughter (Joey King), is in the White House when the most politically correct group of terrorists you’ve ever seen takes over. Cale ends up being the guy who has to protect the president (Jamie Foxx, who seems to think he’s in an "In Living Color" sketch).

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‘White House Down’

Opens Friday, June 28, at theaters everywhere; rated PG-13 for violence; 137 minutes.

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There are some great action scenes and special effects, but the increasingly ludicrous plot will leave you howling with laughter when it reaches what’s supposed to be the big, dramatic climax. Which is followed by still more stupidity.

"White House Down" is not without entertainment value — it’s a hoot. But you’re laughing at it, not with it.




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