Guarding Tess

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Guarding Tess ★★ 1994 (PG-13)

Long-suffering Secret Service agent Cage is nearing the end of his three-year assignment to crotchety widowed First Lady MacLaine when the Prez extends his tour of duty. Feels like a TV movie, not surprising since writers Torokvei and Wilson have several sitcoms to their credit, including “WKRP in Cinncinnati.” Nice chemistry between Cage and MacLaine results in a few funny moments, but there are too many formulaic plot twists. End result: a pleasant, if somewhat slow buddy comedy. 98m/C VHS, DVD . Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, Austin Pendleton, Edward Albert, Richard Griffiths, Dale Dye; D: Hugh Wilson; W: Hugh Wilson, Peter Torokvei; C: Brian Reynolds; M: Michael Convertino.