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First Daughter (2004)

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

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.

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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

Gross USA:

$9,055,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,592,180
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie James (Marc Blucas) and Samantha (Katie Holmes) are watching in the movie theater is The Girl Can't Help It (1956). Director Forest Whitaker was originally set to direct a remake of the 1956 comedy after the release of this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Samantha takes Mia and James to the dance, right after President Mackenzie says he wants to dance with his wife, the band starts playing. The trumpets are heard to be playing with Harmon mutes, however, the trumpets sitting on stage have no mutes in. See more »

Quotes

James Lansome: Brazil's the only country named after a tree. Bagged lettuce that you buy at the store, they wash it in chlorine.
Samantha Mackenzie: The little parallelogram above your top lip is called a filtrum. Five years, half a decade, is a lustrum.
James Lansome: Every state in the Union has a town called Springfield. Male turtles grunt, female turtles hiss.
Samantha Mackenzie: The difference between a fruit and a vegetable - off the vine fruit ripens, a vegetable just rots.
James Lansome: Spread your arms just like this, middle finger to middle finger, it's equivalent to...
[...]
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Connections

References Coyote Ugly (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Sea of Dreams
Written by Forest Whitaker, Damon Elliott, Grecco Buratto, and Blake Neely
Produced by Damon Elliott for Elliott Entertainment
Performed by Joanna
Joanna appears courtesy of A&M Records
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Sweet But Way Too Old-Fashioned
15 October 2004 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

I went to see "First Daughter" strictly as a fan of the TV series where the two leads gained their first fame, Katie Holmes from "Dawson's Creek" and Marc Blucas from "Buffy the Vampire Killer," but both were better served by those shows.

I assume that writer Jerry O'Connell originally came up with the story as a vehicle for himself and his goofiness might have helped lighten up the atmosphere, though the quick closing consideration of the impact on the guy's career was actually kind of touching if muddled.

But the script seems as if it were dusted off from a 30 year old pile, with a couple of contemporary references to security issues and a couple of hip hop tunes added to the soundtrack in a lame attempt to update it. And I haven't even seen the other theatrical and TV films that follow the same Washingtonizing version of "Roman Holiday." The California college the daughter attends seems out of "Animal House" where there's why may more parties than classes. Why would she think a probably illegal use of Air Force One to fly to a boring black-tie dinner-dance would be a treat for her college friends?

While Margaret Colin is an excellent visual match as Holmes's mother, we're so used these days to seeing older men-young chicks match-ups on screen that Michael Keaton's attentions to his daughter didn't seem paternal.


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