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"FIRST DAUGHTER"
(2004) (Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy None Moderate Minor Mild
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None None Mild
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate None Mild Moderate Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Romantic Dramedy: The President's daughter heads off to college and tries to lead her own life, but her actions don't always sit well with her parents or her father's bid for reelection.
PLOT:
Samantha Mackenzie (KATIE HOLMES) is like every other teenager who's about to head off to college. That is, except for the fact that her father (MICHAEL KEATON) just so happens to be the President of the United States. Having grown up in the public eye, Sam knows how to handle herself, but is growing tired of being on the reelection treadmill, a point noted by her mom, Melanie (MARGARET COLIN), the First Lady.

With a bit of going away advice from her White House assistant, Liz Pappas (LELA ROCHON FUQUA), Sam travels across the country, but not without all of the First Daughter baggage that comes along with the position, including Secret Service agents Bock (MICHAEL MILHOAN) and Dylan (DWAYNE ADWAY) who are assigned to protect her.

Sam's new roommate, Mia Thompson (AMERIE), initially isn't pleased upon seeing her, but the two soon become fast friends, although all of the attention paid to Sam eventually gets on Mia's nerves. Sam also meets and falls for her R.A., James (MARC BLUCAS) who helps her elude the press and try to lead a normal, college life. Unfortunately, that includes some wild partying that makes the press, thus potentially endangering President Mackenzie's reelection bid. As the days pass and revelations occur, father and daughter try to come to grips with the situation and their evolving relationship.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Those who are fans of anyone in the cast may want to, and some girls may be interested in it due to being about a female teenager, but others will likely pass.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For language, sexual situations and alcohol-related material.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • KATIE HOLMES plays the daughter of the President of the United States who desperately wants to be like everybody else and just lead a normal college student life. Her position, however, constantly keeps her in the limelight and she must deal with the various repercussions of that as well as other revelations. She has some tense family moments with her parents and gets drunk in one scene.
  • MARC BLUCAS plays her college R.A. who helps her elude the press and starts to fall for her, although his position explicitly forbids him from doing just that.
  • AMERIE plays Sam's college roommate who fools around with various guys and occasionally gets miffed at Sam for getting more attention than she does. She uses some profanity and drinks some.
  • MICHAEL KEATON plays Sam's father, the President of the United States who must balance his reelection bid with his daughter's need and demands to lead a somewhat normal life.
  • MARGARET COLIN plays the First Lady who finally puts Sam in her place regarding how she's been acting.
  • LELA ROCHON FUQUA plays Sam's White House contact who acts as a go-between concerning Sam and her father.
  • MICHAEL MILHOAN and DWAYNE ADWAY play the no-nonsense Secret Service agents assigned to protect Sam.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this PG rated, romantic dramedy. Profanity consists of a handful of mild expletives, while some colorful phrases are also uttered. Various instances of sexually related dialogue are present, while it's implied that a college freshmen fools around with many boys. Various young women are seen in various styles of revealing attire (sometimes rather skimpy) while some partial nudity is briefly visible.

    Various college students drink (and the main character appears drunk in one scene) and other imitative behavior occurs, while varying degrees of bad attitudes are present. A guy punches another guy in the face, a vehicle smashes into another, and some secret service agents push others and pin one guy to the ground (who they think has a gun - but it's a water pistol). Finally, some tense family material occurs between parents and their daughter who's just gone off to college.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Miscellaneous people have champagne at a reception.
  • Sam tells her assistant Liz that there's beer hidden in the car under the bologna sandwiches, but Liz knowingly tells her that she better hide it elsewhere as that's the first place "they'll" look.
  • Mia tells Sam that she thought the secret service agents could get them beer, but Bock tells her to forget about it.
  • Miscellaneous students drink.
  • Students drink at a frat party.
  • Sam tells her dad that it's "not like I'm sleeping around and getting drunk."
  • Students drink at a party.
  • People have drinks at a reception
  • Sam drinks at a bar with others and then appears to be rather intoxicated as she uncharacteristically dances on a runway (as James states that she's wasted). She later appears to have passed out as James carries her back to her dorm, but she then has a conversation with him (the next morning she appears to have a hangover).
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • A student who's against President Mackenzie's administration mocks and belittles Sam when she appears at the guy's rally.
  • Sam doesn't think about how some of her actions will reflect on her father and his bid to be reelected.
  • Mia starts to develop a bad/jealous attitude about Sam and (acting like someone else posing the question) mockingly asks what Sam looks like naked.
  • A secret service agent gets too personal with the person he's supposed to protect.
  • A character has been telling white lies to another in order to protect her without her knowing she's being protected.
  • Sam's mom shows up and tells her that she'll be leaving school to join the campaign (and that she's not asking, but telling her that).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • As Sam and others are exiting an event, a vehicle suddenly smashes into another and secret agents quickly whisk Sam through a building and into a waiting vehicle for a quick escape.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • A student appears at a frat pool party with a water pistol, prompting the secret service agents to knock or push people down to get Sam to safety and one pins that student to the ground to get what they think is a real gun (they have theirs drawn as well).
  • A college mascot (a knight) carries a sword.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Zip it," "Don't kiss my ass," "Shut up," "That's crap" and "I'd kill for your ass."
  • When Melanie tells her daughter not to sweat the petty things, the President jokes for her not to pet the sweaty things (a possible sexual reference or just a play on words).
  • Sam and other underage college students drink in various scenes.
  • Mia wears a midriff-revealing top.
  • Some frat guys surround Sam (who's seated) at a pool party and do some sort of frat song that includes them doing some clothed pelvic thrusts and rubbing their own clothed butts.
  • James shows Sam how to eat popcorn with chocolate on top of it.
  • Sam has a fake tattoo on her arm.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 3 asses, 1 crap, 3 uses of "Oh my God" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes," "My God" and "Oh God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • When Melanie tells her daughter not to sweat the petty things, the President jokes for her not to pet the sweaty things (a possible sexual reference or just a play on words).
  • Mia suggestively asks whether the secret service agents protecting them will include "tackling me," but the agent says no.
  • Sam returns to her dorm room only to have Mia tell her to return in two hours, saying she's getting a "truly higher education" (referring to fooling around with the unseen guy in her room).
  • Some frat guys invite Sam and Mia to a frat party, stating that bathing suits are mandatory and bikinis are preferred. We then see the girls go there, both in bikini tops (with Sam in a small bottom). Others are in full bikinis and some guys appear to be tossing about a blow-up sex doll in the pool (only briefly and partially seen, so no details are observed). Some frat guys then surround Sam who's seated and do some sort of frat song that includes them doing some clothed pelvic thrusts and rubbing their own clothed butts.
  • After being whisked away from a pool party by the secret service, we see Sam in her dad's office wearing just the above bikini top and small shorts. She's mad and sarcastically states that she's going to become a Hooter's girl. She then tells her dad that it's "not like I'm sleeping around and getting drunk."
  • Sam, Mia and others slide down a makeshift water slide in a yard. At one point, Sam playfully grabs Mia's soaked clothing and partially pulls down her pants, revealing a brief shot of part of her bare butt. We later see a photo of this incident that shows Mia's pants partially down and the top of her thong (and bare butt) visible.
  • We see Sam in some sexy-looking pajamas.
  • An older woman is happy to meet Sam and then tells her, "And your bosom came in very nicely."
  • Mia starts to develop a bad/jealous attitude about Sam and (acting like someone else posing the question) mockingly asks what Sam looks like naked.
  • During a verbal fight, Sam asks why Mia will kiss any guy, but is practicing abstinence for the one guy she truly likes.
  • James jokingly says he won a spelling bee as a kid and then that the number of training bras left in his locker would have supported a foreign country.
  • Sam laments that the way for a father to keep his daughter from "getting any action" is to become President. James then asks, "You were hoping to get some action?"
  • Sam walks in on Mia and a guy apparently kissing (he's standing and she's seated up to his height), but Mia makes the guy leave so that she and Sam can hang out.
  • While on Air Force One, an agent tells Mia and James that he's there to serve them, with Mia then suggestively asking if that means her every need and whim. She then checks out his clothed butt and states, "Nice equipment."
  • Mia tells Sam that James "wanted you."
  • To try to goad a male secret service agent protecting her, Sam goes to the school clinic and says that she's there for her birth control appointment (she then tells the nurse that it's not really for her, but that she's trying to make the guy jealous).
  • We see Sam in small shorts, a low-cut top that shows cleavage, high-heeled boots and a blonde wig. After drinking too much, she gets up on a bar's runway and starts doing some sexy dance moves. James eventually grabs and takes her off stage, carrying her over his shoulder (with her butt in those small shorts facing the camera).
  • Mia says that she'd kill for Sam's "ass" and mentions that somebody likes it as well.
  • Jay Leno does a joke about Sam's above bar dance, saying she's raising money for her dad's campaign one dollar at a time (a stripper joke).
  • Sam wears a low-cut formal gown that shows part of the top of her breasts.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Sam's various actions put strain on her relationship with her parents.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • What it must be like growing up as a kid, in the spotlight, in the White House.
  • Mia says that her dad is something like a tire king and that he's had what sounded like some queens (a possible sexual orientation reference).
  • The work of Secret Service agents.
  • Going off to college and college life.
  • Becoming an adult and being responsible for one's actions.
  • A character has been telling white lies to another in order to protect her without her knowing she's being protected.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A student appears at a frat pool party with a water pistol, prompting the secret service agents to knock or push people down to get Sam to safety and one pins that student to the ground to get what they think is a real gun (they have theirs drawn as well).
  • Sam accidentally smashes into James after sliding down a makeshift water slide.
  • As Sam and others are exiting an event, a vehicle suddenly smashes into another and secret agents quickly whisk Sam through a building and into a waiting vehicle for a quick escape.
  • James punches another guy who's ogling a drunken Sam who's doing some sexy dancing in a bar.



  • Reviewed September 21, 2004 / Reviewed September 24, 2004

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