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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Katie Holmes
Marc Blucas
Amerie Rogers
Michael Keaton
Margeret Colin.
Directors
Forest Whitaker.
Screenwriters
Jessica Bendinger
Kate Kondell
Jerry O'Connell.
Running Time
106 minutes

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First Daughter
Katie Holmes is the president's daughter in this saccharine coming-of-age yarn


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Plot
A rom-com in which the first daughter (Katie Holmes) of the US President heads off to college where she falls for a graduate student. When she learns that he's been keeping secrets from her, however, it looks like all her dreams might be dashed.


Review
In this saccharine coming-of-age flick, the US President's daughter Sam Mackenzie (Holmes) yearns for a normal college life without being tailed by secret service agents and hounded by photographers.

Senior student James (Blucas) and room-mate Mia (Rogers) make life bearable, but when Sam does a slutty dance while out partying, she lands in the gutter press before anyone can say 'campaign-wrecker'. According to the President (a comatose Keaton), she's not just let down her parents and Uncle Sam, she's shamed herself, and must choose her father's ambitions or her own.

The rest is predictable pap, with only a minor nod in the direction of originality, and it's all handled with a lack of panache that would have Chelsea Clinton or the Bush twins crying into their designer handbags.


Verdict
Holmes' wholesome charm keeps the movie afloat, but only just. The rest is every bit as lacklustre as 2004's similarly themed Chasing Liberty. Making one turkey about the President's little girl is unfortunate. Two might be considered careless...


Reviewed by Lucy Aitken

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