“Chasing Liberty”

Mandy Moore
Mathew Goode
Jeremy Piven
Annabella Sciorra
Mark Harmon

PG13           111min           2004

“Chasing Liberty” is about Anna Foster (Moore), at 18, has never been able to experience life as any other teenage girl, she the First Daughter to President Foster (Harmon). When she ditches her Secret Service detail at a concert, she runs off with a British photographer (Goode) she meets on her way out. As sparks fly between the two, they each have a secret that could destroy their budding relationship: she the First Daughter and he’s an undercover Secret Service agent protecting her at the request of the President.

It’s a similar premise to another film that came out around the same time “First Daughter” starring Katie Holmes. “Chasing Liberty” is definitely a chick film. The only reason I picked it up was that the video store had a special running rent five old releases for five ninety-five. It was as I expected.

“Chasing Liberty” wasn’t awful but it was a chick flick. It had some cheesy lines that I will not repeat but the story, it was predictable and maybe suffered because I had just watched “First Daughter.” They followed the same story line.

Each girl wanted a normal life. It appears they have it. The guy they fall for is actually working for their father. They break up. I don’t think I need to “spoil” the ending for you.

There was nothing spectacular about this films and the only different was the casting and situations. It seemed that both studio bought the same premise and each tried to fast track their project to the market. In the end they both produced uninspiring, formulaic films that can easily be forgotten until the next decade when someone comes along and makes the films again.

I give it a 2/5 Gs.

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