Longing for action but feeling more like a heavily armed butler, Doug Chesnic is a serious-minded Secret Service agent assigned to protect the very demanding Tess Carlisle, a widowed First Lady living quietly in Ohio.
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Why are actresses of advanced age cast as old bitches? Shirley MacLaine and Maggie Smith and many others have been caught in this trap for years. "Guarding Tess" is a typical vehicle. The plot is contrived and the gorgon is meant to show her heart of gold at the finish. What audience impulse does this satisfy?