D.C. disaster ‘White House Down’ is almost comical

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Intentionally or not, Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down” is the comedy hit of the summer. No other film equals its comic sophistication. Each nutty scenario is surpassed by the next, ludicrous story lines coalesce with expert orchestration, and absurd details return with perfect timing to build to a crescendo of hilarity. By the time the flag waves on the White House lawn, the audience with whom I watched this had lost it – Emmerich had knocked them dead.

He also knocks them dead on the screen; the body count must be in quadruple digits. But sometimes that’s what it takes for a father to prove himself to his kid, and no doubt this reinforcement of family values was instrumental in getting the film a PG-13 rating.

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