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While on a diplomatic trip to Europe with her parents, budding teenage beauty Anna Foster exacts a promise from her father, the President of the United States, which allows her a night alone, unescorted by the battalion of Secret Service agents that safeguard Anna from danger. But when her dad has a change of heart, Anna decides to take things into her own hands.
PROFANITY: 3 S-words, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Some fleeting non-sexual nudity; sex talk. VIOLENCE: A punch. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco use and frequent alcohol drinking, some by teens. ACTION: Some foot and vehicle chases. COMEDY: Some slapstick, some wisecracks, some suggestive humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Chasing Liberty is a fairly standard-issue teen romantic comedy. Its primary intent is to follow the accepted rules, and what at first seems to be an intriguing premise turns into something more formulaic than some might hope. On the other hand, for those who like cute boy-meets-girl stories and are in the mood for some light, unpretentious romance, Chasing Liberty catches its prey. For what it is, it works.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Chasing Liberty is surprisingly good in areas where it doesn't need to be good at all, and pretty awful in areas where it has to succeed. It's ideal for audiences who kinda know that we have a president, and he could have a teenage daughter, and she might be protected by the Secret Service, but don't know a whole lot else.
USA TodayFull Review Average There's no need to run out to catch the year's first teen romantic comedy, "Chasing Liberty." It's an innocuous, occasionally cute movie made watchable by the appealing Mandy Moore and hunky Matthew Goode, a Brit who has a bit of Hugh Grant charm in an otherwise silly role. Unlike Britney Spears, another songbird who has tried her hand at acting, Moore actually has talent and a modicum of smarts to accompany her adorable persona. She just hasn't found the right material to showcase her talents...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 65 moviegoer opinions. First thing to notice is that the females are the only group with enough opinions to provide an accurate overview. The teen females obviously loved Chasing Liberty. They gave it a very high percentage of "Fantastic" opinions with no low opinions. As the female age goes up the opinions go down, but not by much. It's obvious most of the twentysomething and adult females also enjoyed it very much. Only a few rated it as somewhat disappointing.
As for the guys, most of the few that were there enjoyed it, but a couple of them only rated it as "Good." For this type of movie (no action) that's not too bad. So guys, this would make a great date movie.
Eighteen-year-old Anna Foster (MANDY MOORE) just wants the American dream: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. At the very least, she wants the freedom to live like any other teenager.
But as the only child of the President of the United States, every detail of Anna's life is constantly monitored by the media, the public and her very protective parents - backed up by a battalion of Secret Service agents dedicated to safeguard her from danger, including the perils of first dates.
While on a diplomatic trip to Europe with her parents, Anna exacts a promise from her father for a rare evening out alone, unescorted by the usual security detail. It's a little taste of the freedom she's been longing for. But when over-protective Dad has a last-minute change of heart and reneges, Anna decides it's time to take matters into her own hands, ditches the agents and goes on the run.
In her wild escape, incognito Anna meets charming Brit Ben Calder (MATTHEW GOODE), who aids her European getaway.
Reveling in her newfound independence, Anna decides to take Europe by storm, accompanied by Ben and always a step ahead of her zealous bodyguards. As her impromptu European adventure takes her farther away from a life of protocol and draws her closer to her dashing young traveling companion, she dreads the day she has to tell Ben who she really is and go back home.