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First Daughter (2004)

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

Director:

Forest Whitaker

Writers:

Jessica Bendinger (story), Jerry O'Connell (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Holmes ... Samantha Mackenzie
Marc Blucas ... James Lansome
Amerie ... Mia Thompson
Michael Keaton ... President Mackenzie
Margaret Colin ... Melanie Mackenzie
Lela Rochon ... Liz Pappas (as Lela Rochon Fuqua)
Michael Milhoan ... Agent Bock
Dwayne Adway ... Agent Dylan
Hollis Hill Hollis Hill ... Agent Colvin
Ken Moreno ... Agent Mercer
Andrew Caple-Shaw ... Agent Dryer
Alex Avant ... Shift Leader
Barry Livingston ... Press Secretary
Piper Cochrane Piper Cochrane ... Communications Director
Adam Donshik ... First Lady's Chief of Staff
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Daughter See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,002,067, 26 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,055,010, 28 November 2004
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is dedicated to Composer Michael Kamen. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Samantha eats cake in the kitchen and her father joins her. He asks her if she is ready, as they begin to dance. She answers that she is, yet her lips do not move. See more »

Quotes

Samantha Mackenzie: I loved who I got to be with him.
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Brian's Got a Brand New Bag (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way You Look Tonight
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern
Performed by The Inaugural Ball Choir
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Good Cast Wasted in a Silly and Shallow Screenplay
1 January 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Samantha Mackenzie (Katie Holmes), the daughter of President Mackenzie (Michael Keaton) and his wife Melanie (Margaret Collin), decides to go to college in California during his tough campaign for reelection. She requests a reduced secret service protection trying to act normal with her new mates, including her roommate Mia Thompson (Amerie), and she falls in love for James Lansome (Marc Blucas). When her security is threatened, she discloses the real identity of James and decides to return home to support her family in the election process.

In spite of having a good cast with great performances, "First Daughter" has a very silly and shallow screenplay that does not help the actors and the actresses. The story aims to expose the "tough life" of a young woman because she is the daughter of the president of the USA, but actually shows a futile, spoiled and overprotected teenager with a weak personality having a luxurious and banal lifestyle. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Filha do Presidente" ("The Daughter of the President")


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