Peter and Tim are both law students looking to get into the battleground of politics in Washington, but they both have different ideals and ethics. Tim wants to pursue a career in justice, but Peter is determined to be a big political power broker any way he can, even if that means bending the rules. As their careers push them towards political opposites, their friendship must constantly adapt to the new situation.
A tale of two law college buddies, one unscrupulous and ambitious (John Cusack) and the other self-righteous and true (James Spader) who end up at odds when one betrays the other. Imogen Stubbs (with dodgy American accent and dodgier acting) provides the love interest. Cusack battles well, despite being miscast as the bad guy, and Spader is dependable and convincing, but neither actor can save the film from being a plodding political bore. Perhaps even an exchange of roles in the casting couldve livened things up? But at the end of the day, director Herbert Ross just hits all the usual buttons and a all seems to take a predictable curve to the finale.
Spader and Cusack go through the motions as political sparring partners in this coming of age drama