login

Movie Ratings, Family Movie Reviews & More!

Still shot from the movie: Chasing Liberty.

Chasing Liberty

When the U.S. PresidentÕs pampered daughter (Mandy Moore) decides to go AWOL in Europe, she befriends an innocent bystander Ben Calder (Matthew Goode) to aid her in her escape plan. Meanwhile, Dad's (Mark Harmon) security agents (Jeremy Priven and Annabella Sciorra) are not far behind the rebellious runaway. Get the movie review and more. »

0

Overall: C
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 111
Theater Release: 08 Jan 2004
Video Release: 03 May 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
See Canadian Ratings
How We Determine Our Grades

Ahhh…to have a knight in shining armor rush to your rescue is just what any girl would likely want, especially if he's a handsome one with an English accent. Luckily that's what the U.S. President's pampered daughter gets when she decides to go AWOL in Europe.

After begging her father (Mark Harmon) for an unescorted night on the town with a diplomat's daughter (Beatrice Rosen), Anna Foster (Mandy Moore) is stunned to discover her protective dad has secretly sent along the usual security entourage, dressed down to fit in but wired for sound all the same. Desperately wanting some independence (but being somewhat common sense challenged), she tries to ditch the gaggle of highly trained agents by swapping clothes in the bathroom and slipping out the door.

Outside the crowded club, she pleads for a get-away ride from bystander Ben Calder (Matthew Goode). Racing down the cobbled streets on his motorbike with black cruisers in close pursuit, the unlikely pair temporarily loses the shadowing security guys when they duck into a narrow back alley. However, Agents Weiss (Jeremy Priven) and Morales (Annabella Sciorra), personal bodyguards for the runaway, are never far behind. The top-secret staffers do their best to keep an eye on their errant charge while maintaining a respectful distance.

Meanwhile, Anna, charmed by the quiet and often serious Ben, is more than glad to have his company as she discovers life from a commoner's perspective. Wanting to be loved as herself and not as the First Daughter, she declines to reveal her identity to Ben as they travel to Berlin for the upcoming Love Fest. But unknown to her, she's not the only one hiding secrets.

Unfortunately, this fairytale may not repeat itself so kindly for every inexperienced 18-year-old who wants a little freedom but lacks an unseen safety net the size of the Pacific Ocean. The likelihood of meeting a guy with the credentials of Ben Calder lounging outside a nightclub is minute at best. In addition, the American politician's daughter seems to equate liberation with libation and lust. Still the repercussions for getting soused in an out-of-the-way little pub, running buck naked into a dirty river, or blackmailing a guy she hardly knows into having sex with her, might not be so benign as they appear to be for Anna.

Also disappointing is a disparity of messages. In an interview for Entertainment Tonight, actress Mandy Moore says she adamantly refuses to appear nude in movies and wanted a body double to do the skin scenes for her. But her good intentions to keep her clothes on may be a fact lost on young teens that will seemingly see the star undress on screen.

While living in the spotlight can only intensify the challenge of independence, Anna's na0xEFve and sometimes rash "damsel in distress" actions in Chasing Liberty erode the idea that personal autonomy should be the result of maturity. Instead she relies on a gallant, intervening knight to save the day.

Chasing Liberty is rated PG-13: for sexual content and brief nudity

Cast: Mandy Moore, Mark Harmon, Stark Sands
Studio: 2004 Warner Home Video

Join the Conversation

About the Reviewer: Kerry Bennett

© One Voice Communications Ltd. | About Parent Previews | FAQ | Making the Grades | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact