First Daughter

First Daughter

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Director: Forest Whitaker

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Amerie

     
 

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A very special student deals with exams, first love, and national security issues in this teen-oriented romantic comedy-drama. Samantha MacKenzie (Katie Holmes) is a seemingly ordinary college freshman with one important exception -- her father happens to be the President of the United States (Michael Keaton). Samantha, however, would prefer to be as inconspicuous as

Overview

A very special student deals with exams, first love, and national security issues in this teen-oriented romantic comedy-drama. Samantha MacKenzie (Katie Holmes) is a seemingly ordinary college freshman with one important exception -- her father happens to be the President of the United States (Michael Keaton). Samantha, however, would prefer to be as inconspicuous as possible as she begins her studies at Redmond University, so she asks a favor of her father -- remove the two Secret Service agents who follow her everywhere, and allow her to fend for herself at school. The president agrees, but out of concern for her safety, he sends in a young undercover agent, James (Marc Blucas), who will pose as the Resident Advisor at her dorm to keep an eye on her. Samantha and James strike up a fast friendship that grows into a romance, but when Samantha discovers the truth about James, she wonders if his love for her is real or just part of his cover. First Daughter was directed by actor-turned-director Forest Whitaker.

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First Daughter falls into a distinct teen subgenre from the early 21st century, featuring girls who a) are princesses, b) suddenly discover they are princesses, c) fall in love with a prince, or d) fall in love with a guy who's pretending he's not a prince. Usually, these movies star a pop singer/actress hybrid, or at least someone with whom young girls identify. Maybe that's why First Daughter barely registered with its target audience. Katie Holmes was young enough, but her film career had been devoted to horrors, indies, and ensemble pieces, with Dawson's Creek providing little further recognition among contemporary preteens. But genre poster child Mandy Moore had already done the similarly themed Chasing Liberty, so the role went to Holmes, and the film's nine-million-dollar gross confirmed her underwhelming track record at the box office. Still, other than being too precious by half, the film is not half bad, drawing inspiration from the security-suffocated college experience of Chelsea Clinton, but setting it within a realm of unspoken post-9/11 wariness. The umpteenth actor to play a U.S. president, Michael Keaton wears the exhausted expression of a man who's dealt with enough harrowing threats that it's eroded his former idealism, rendering him not a saint, but a flawed leader who gets picketed on campus. Director Forest Whitaker keeps things simple, but does elevate his role above the basic competence minimally required by the movie. He has a fondness for cutting on form, ending a scene on one location and pulling back out on another. However, the use of a fairy-tale/storybook framing device, which Whitaker himself narrates, reminds viewers that this is nothing more serious than throwaway adolescent entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
UPC:
0024543160458
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
8,812

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas and Amerie; "Making-Of" choreography featurette; Composer tribute; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katie Holmes Samantha
Marc Blucas James
Amerie Mia
Margaret Colin Melanie Mackenzie
Lela Rochon Liz Pappas
Michael Keaton President Mackenzie
Forest Whitaker Narrator
Dwayne Adway Agent Dylan
Michael Milhoan Agent Bock
Toby Moore Frat Guy #2
Philip S. Boyd Frank
Andrew Caple-Shaw Agent Dryer
Hollis Hill Agent Colvin
Steve Tom Senator Downer
Ken Moreno Agent Mercer
Alex Avant Shift Leader
Barry Livingston Press Secretary
Piper Cochrane Communications Director
Adam Donshik First Lady's Chief of Staff
Damon Whitaker Charles
Peter White College Dean
Parry Shen Rally Leader
Johnny Sneed English Professor
Marilyn McIntyre Teacher at Party
Ryan Raddatz Frat Guy #1
Freddy Bouciegues Dancing Frat Guy
Austin Priester Dancing Frat Guy
Scott Hamm Frat Guy With Water Gun
Katrina Connor Sorority Gal #1
Natalie Core Lady With Camera
Teck Holmes Mia's Flame
Sophia Chang Sorority Gal #2
Justine Wachsberger Passing Student
Andrea Avery Linda Patterson
Sheila Shaw Health Center Receptionist
Ann Ryerson Nurse Practitioner
Andy Umberger Secret Service Supervisor
Mane Andrew Mia's Visitor
Jeff Michael News Reporter
Kent Shocknek Contentious Reporter
Maria Quiban White House Reporter #1
Ted Garcia White House Reporter #2
Tim Liles Reporter on Street
Dan Brinkle Caucus Host
Michael-Ann Connor Protestor #1
Nicole Avant Protestor #2
Brian Andrew Smith Guy on Street
Tore Birkedal Pizza Guy
Gunther Jensen Football Coach
Joan Rivers Herself
Melissa Rivers Herself
Jay Leno Himself
Sonnet Noel Whitaker Laughing Girl
Grecco Buratto Band at Frat Party
Sean Householder Band at Frat Party
Ed Delmark Band at Frat Party
Bryan Kelling Band at Frat Party
Enoch Asmuth Singer at White House
Drew Harrah Singer at White House
Guy Maeda Singer at White House
Scott Dicken Singer at White House
Oren Waters Singer at White House
Tonoccus McClain Singer at White House
Tim Davis Singer at White House
Bobbi Page Singer at White House

Technical Credits
Forest Whitaker Director,Executive Producer
Jessica Bendinger Original Story,Screenwriter
Freddy Bouciegues Stunts
Scott Browner Camera Operator
Jeff Cadiente Stunts
Denise Chamian Casting
Richard Chew Editor
JJ Dashinaw Stunts
John Davis Producer
Anthony Dono Stunts
Jeffrey Downer Executive Producer
Damon Elliot Score Composer,Songwriter
Miranda Garrison Choreography
Wyck Godfrey Producer
Chris Haarhoff Camera Operator
Jim Halty Stunts
Alexander Hammond Production Designer
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Norman Howell Stunts
Kevin Jackson Stunts
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Rob Janiger Sound Mixer
Kristine Johnson Musical Arrangement
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Mike Karz Producer
Bevin Kaye Stunts
Kate Kondell Screenwriter
Toyomichi Kurita Cinematographer
Liza Richardson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ann Masterson Makeup
Dustin Meier Stunts
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Laura Monteiro Stunts
Bennie Moore Stunts
Blake Neely Score Composer
Keith Neely Art Director
Jerry O'Connell Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Bobby Ore Stunts
Austin Priester Stunts
Erik Rondell Stunts
Robert Ryan Makeup
Donald Sparks Asst. Director
Dana Stein Stunts
Ron Stein Stunts
Randall D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
Felicia Wilson Consultant/advisor

Scene Index

Side #1 -- First Daughter - Pan and Scan
1. There Was a Little Girl... [5:43]
2. Dessert With Dad [2:40]
3. Off to College [3:56]
4. On Her Own [2:46]
5. The New Roommate [2:29]
6. "Fun" [2:56]
7. The Center of Attention [:04]
8. Frat Party [1:59]
9. A Shred of Normalcy [2:47]
10. Freedom of Speech [3:55]
11. A Roll in the Hay [1:34]
12. The Taste of Freedom [4:02]
13. Break the Rules [1:05]
14. Friday Night Bonfire [3:41]
15. Sick of Samantha [4:03]
16. When I'm With You... [:20]
17. My Original Roommate [2:45]
18. Road Trip [2:25]
19. A Gala Affair [5:21]
20. Agent in Place [1:30]
21. Making James Jealous [1:40]
22. Party Girl [2:45]
23. Scandal [1:23]
24. The Life We've Chosen [3:25]
25. Suspended [3:40]
26. Samantha's Time [:26]
27. Finding Home [1:31]
28. End Titles [5:00]
Side #2 -- First Daughter - Widescreen
1. There Was a Little Girl... [5:43]
2. Dessert With Dad [2:40]
3. Off to College [3:56]
4. On Her Own [2:46]
5. The New Roommate [2:29]
6. "Fun" [2:56]
7. The Center of Attention [:04]
8. Frat Party [1:59]
9. A Shred of Normalcy [2:47]
10. Freedom of Speech [3:55]
11. A Roll in the Hay [1:34]
12. The Taste of Freedom [4:02]
13. Break the Rules [1:05]
14. Friday Night Bonfire [3:41]
15. Sick of Samantha [4:03]
16. When I'm With You... [:20]
17. My Original Roommate [2:45]
18. Road Trip [2:25]
19. A Gala Affair [5:21]
20. Agent in Place [1:30]
21. Making James Jealous [1:40]
22. Party Girl [2:45]
23. Scandal [1:23]
24. The Life We've Chosen [3:25]
25. Suspended [3:40]
26. Samantha's Time [:26]
27. Finding Home [1:31]
28. End Titles [5:00]

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First Daughter 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
pretty cute movie. I like the part when she has the blonde wig on and the secret service guy carries her home. She kinda looked like Briteny Spears in that wig.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of Roman Holiday with Dawson's Creek star Katie Holmes playing the "princess" sneaking out of the palace for a bit of fun. Okay, she's the US President's daughter leaving the White House and isn't going incognito like Audrey Hepburn - but under the full glare of the media spotlight. This has obviously been inspired by Chelsea Clinton's much-publicised time at college, with burly big secret service agents always on tow to protect the Prez's little girl which becomes a predictable running gag throughout the movie. What starts out as a teen movie with a lippy black girlie sidekick sharing a dorm room with daddy's girl and plenty of Frat jokes and pumping soundtrack soon settles down in to a charming Princess Diaries type family film that will appeal to everyone who likes fun romantic comedies. A neat plot twist (which I won't give away) puts a clever spin on the love story and heightens the tension of this charming film. Katie Holmes, as always, is a delight to watch. Director Forest Whitaker does a great job and watch out for his brief cameo appearance as a presidential aide on board Air Force One (he also narrates the story). Michael Keaton seems a bit cold and distant at first as the Prez but soon loses his stuffiness and you warm to him by the end of the movie. Some great extras with deleted scenes and two features - Katie Holmes and love interest Marc Blucas being put through their paces as they learn ballroom dancing, and a tribute to composer Michael Kamen who died during the production but left a haunting fairytale theme tune that makes the film sparkle with gold dust.
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