First Daughter (2004) The office of strategic planning attached to First Daughter must be on orange alert for disaster: They postponed the release of Katie Holmes' only-child-of-the-president-wants-her-freedom-like-other-girls teen… 2004-09-24 PT104M Comedy Marc Blucas Katie Holmes Michael Keaton Margaret Colin 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

First Daughter (2004)

Katie Holmes, First Daughter | HOLMES SWEET HOLMES Life in the White House for this girl is, like, soooo hard
Image credit: First Daughter: Christine Loss
HOLMES SWEET HOLMES Life in the White House for this girl is, like, soooo hard
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Sep 24, 2004; Length: 104 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Marc Blucas, Katie Holmes and Michael Keaton; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

The office of strategic planning attached to First Daughter must be on orange alert for disaster: They postponed the release of Katie Holmes' only-child-of-the-president-wants-her-freedom-like-other-girls teen warmedy so that it no longer trailed so closely on the heels of Mandy Moore's only-child-of-the-president-wants-her-freedom-like-other-girls teen warmedy, counting on all of America to have forgotten about Chasing Liberty. And we have. But they must also know that within 20 minutes, memories will come flooding back and we're going to demand a recount: This is the exact same romantic plot, right down to the cute, slightly reserved beau (here played by Marc Blucas) who's not who the prez's daughter thinks he is.

The role of a poised daddy's girl is a dull one for Holmes, who looks pained, in a nonspecific way, throughout her capers; the movie itself, with a screenplay by Jessica Bendinger and Kate Kondell, is a dull one for director Forest Whitaker. Only Michael Keaton, as President Mackenzie, appears to be having fun, as if the job of Commander-in-Chief and First Daddy is itself a piece of cake, an easy schedule of waving to crowds and dancing with his girl.

Originally posted Sep 22, 2004 Published in issue #786 Oct 01, 2004 Order article reprints