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Feature 7.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 5.0
Total 7.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
101 minutes
Classification:
Fox
Reviewer:
Brett Bowman

7.0


First Daughter

Another in a long line of films that hopes to capture the almighty Tween dollar; this time, sadly, without Hilary Duff! Katie Holmes stars as Samantha Mackenzie the Presidentís daughter who has spent most of her life growing up in the White House and the glare of the public eye. Samantha is about to leave home for college and isnít looking forward to the prospect of a heavy security detail following her every move, severely cramping her chance at a normal university experience. That experience includes drinking, hanging out with her roommates and falling in love.

First Daughter is very formulaic; Samantha learns the usual lessons about growing up and finding love. In this case the love interest is Marc Blucasí James Lansome, the all American Boy who teaches Samantha how to hang out, have fun and be ďnormalĒ. The pair is put through the usual romantic comedy obstacle course, although despite the formulaic plot there is a twist with Blucasí character that Iím ashamed to say that I didnít see coming.

Filling out the cast is Amerie Rogers as Mia, Samanthaís sassy (arenít they always) roommate, who is at first annoyed at all the attention lavished on the famous Samantha but is naturally won over in the end. Michael Keaton plays Samanthaís father President Mackenzie who has to come to terms with daughter blossoming into a woman and does a good job with what little screen time he has.

Director Forrest Whitaker has done a serviceable job, even if the fairytale style opening and closing of the film is a little too syrupy. In the end First Daughter is an entertaining diversion that like most of these Tween movies, isnít going to stretch the brain too much, if at all.

Special features include a tribute to film composer Michael Kamen who died before the completion of his score, deleted scenes and a featurette on ballroom dancing round out the package.






 
 



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