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At Theaters: 1/9/2004 On Video: 5/4/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429905
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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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.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy Romantic - This is a romantic comedy aimed at teens and young adults, particularly females. Sex talk and sexual situations make the film inappropriate for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Mandy Moore HOW TO DEAL, A WALK TO REMEMBER
Matthew Goode CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER
Jeremy Piven SERENDIPITY, FAMILY MAN, THE
Annabella Sciorra WHAT DREAMS MAY COME
Director: Andy Cadiff TV's - HOME IMPROVEMENT
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
Romances On The Run
Sets And Locations
The Berlin Love Parade
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
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Content Heading
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 Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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 Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 65 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
4
About 50/50
100%
13-19Teens (F)
33
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
3
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
9
Fairly High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

But Ben has a secret of his own.
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