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First Daughter (2004)

The first daughter of the U.S. President heads off to college where she falls for a graduate student with a secret agenda.

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Samantha Mackenzie loves and supports her parents, US President John Mackenzie and First Lady Melanie Mackenzie, and enjoys the privileges that she has received being the only daughter of the President, but sometimes she wants to be what she considers "normal" which means not having her life scrutinized by the world 24/7. She made the decision to go away to college in California at Redmond University in large part to get away from life at the White House and hopefully assert some independence, this first stint at college coinciding with President Mackenzie's reelection bid for a second term in the White House. As such, he knows that his opponents will exploit whatever they can, including placing even more scrutiny on the family, and having even more threats than usual against them meaning his want for more security. So Sam's college experience is less than normal, being followed by a very visible team of Secret Service agents, who are trained to notice the smallest things that may be ... Written by Huggo

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The girl who always stood out is finally getting the chance to fit in.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for language, sexual situations and alcohol-related material | See all certifications »

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24 September 2004 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,002,067 (USA) (24 September 2004)

Gross:

$9,055,010 (USA) (26 November 2004)
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This film is dedicated to Michael Kamen, the film's composer. See more »

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The interior of Air Force One is shown to have loose glasses, vases, etc., sitting on the walls and on tables. All of those items would be secured in an actual aircraft, otherwise they would fall to floor as the aircraft rotates, or if it hit any amount of turbulence. See more »

Quotes

Samantha Mackenzie: What was that?
James Lansome: I was just saying goodnight.
Samantha Mackenzie: What is this? Is this some kind of game to you James?
James Lansome: No.
Samantha Mackenzie: You don't have to pretend anymore.
James Lansome: You're an amazing girl.
Samantha Mackenzie: Would you stop it? Just stop lying to me.
James Lansome: What could I have given to you Sam? I don't have anything to offer you. You're the President's daughter for Christsake.
Samantha Mackenzie: I have spent, almost my entire life with people smiling at me. And laughing at my jokes. And telling me how special I am, and how great I am, and how nice, and smart. And right...
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Written by Forest Whitaker, Damon Elliott and Grecco Buratto
Produced by Damon Elliott for Elliott Entertainment
Performed by Buttah and Kristina Allison
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A pleasant pastime
4 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

The plot itself - about the First daughter who went to College in Carlifornia, far away from the White House, in order to be normal and meet friends may be cliché. Yet the movie on the whole can still hand out nice surprises every now and then. Katie Holmes has a unique face and looks intelligent enough to want to be independent as well as not to disappoint the First family. More importantly, Marc Blucas (her love interest) is not like the stereotyped Prince Charming for a teenager. At least he also looks sophisticated and mature and gives a strong case why the first daughter would fall for him. The two make an attractive couple and are on the same wavelength when they share the views on science etc.

The twist in the movie, at least I didn't see it coming, is good. Considering how many such plots have appeared on screen, I must say this one at least is not as predictable and does give me some credibility as a story about real people. The President and First Lady are not given a significant part here. The young couple already is a good reason to watch the movie. The love songs that accompanied the ball room dances are pleasant and well-chosen. If "monster-in-law" is rated 5 out of 10 here (last time I check), then "the First Daughter" deserves at least a 6.5 or 7, for its creativity and credible performance by the leading couple.

I also hope that Marc Blucas has great roles in future movies for his refreshing looks and performance.


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