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Overall Rating
3.28

Awesome32.39%
Worth A Look: 5.63%
Average: 26.76%
Pretty Bad: 28.17%
Total Crap: 7.04%

5 reviews, 41 user ratings


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Chasing Liberty
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by EricDSnider

"You'll love it! Er, you ARE a 14-year-old girl, right?"
3 stars

I keep getting Mandy Moore confused with Hilary Duff. Is that normal? Does that automatically disqualify me from reviewing either of their films? I WISH!

Sadly, Mandy Moore is in a new one called "Chasing Liberty," where she plays Anna Foster, daughter of the President of the United States (Mark Harmon). Anna is 18 and accustomed to life in the spotlight; still, she'd like to experience a normal date with a normal guy without a dozen Secret Service agents prowling around.

So one night while she's on a trip to Prague with the folks, she escapes onto the back of a moped being driven by Ben Calder (Matthew Goode), an English-ish young man who has no idea Anna is the first daughter.

Oh, except he does. Turns out he's a Secret Service agent, too, and the president decides to use this to his advantage. Anna wants some freedom? He'll let her think she's getting it by running off with Ben, when in fact Ben is under strict orders to keep Anna safe from harm and mischief.

Thus we have established The Lie, that all-important romantic-comedy ingredient. Anna lies to Ben about who she is, and Ben lies to Anna about who he is. (Of course, he was ordered to lie by the president of the United States, which is a pretty good excuse.) The truth is bound to come out, causing a breakup, followed by much moping and sadness as they miss each other and a sweet modern pop song plays on the soundtrack, at which point they will reconcile.

But I have gotten ahead of myself. Ol' Ben has his work cut out for him keeping Anna out of trouble, for trouble is exactly what Anna wants to be in! It's a little irresponsible, in my opinion, to make a film geared toward teenage girls, pushing all the teenage girl buttons (rich kid fantasy life, cute boy, scenic Europe, etc.), and then to have the protagonist getting drunk, cavorting naked on a beach, and having sex, all without consequences of any kind. The youthful fantasy of running away from home and experiencing life may be OK to indulge in a film made for teens; I think the events portrayed here cross the line -- especially, again, because none of Anna's actions have consequences.

But anyway. Jeremy Piven and Annabella Sciorra have an amusing subplot as the two agents regularly assigned to Anna, now traveling through Europe trying to keep up with her and Ben. Piven's character has the hots for Sciorra's; they banter; it's funny. It is the only source of actual humor in the film, really.

The whole thing's inexcusably long, especially given how bland and ineffectual it generally is. It is not without its charms, though, and its target audience will probably find it pleasurable. It will certainly tide them over until the next film is released starring Mandy Moore and/or Hilary Duff, whichever.

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originally posted: 01/12/04 10:01:10
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User Comments

11/16/06 David Pollastrini Mandy Moore looks very hot in this film. So does her butt double! 3 stars
6/21/06 Ezra resendiz I love it 5 stars
10/19/05 Valerie kind of slow... 3 stars
7/01/05 Laura Hot English guy...only reason to sit through this crap 1 stars
9/20/04 angel good subplot, forced chemistry between mandy and matthew, bad ending 2 stars
7/29/04 toonz extraordinary 5 stars
6/01/04 maggie subplot actors stronger than the plot 3 stars
5/24/04 Chase Movie you can watch 5 stars
4/23/04 cynthia anggiansah very,very romantic and fantastic and adventurous 5 stars
4/02/04 re a great film 5 stars
3/21/04 Jacquelyn Matthew Goode is really hott! 5 stars
3/14/04 francine it was great!i love mathew's acting!! he was reallly great and also mandy, i love her! 5 stars
3/09/04 Andie I saw this movie 4 times yesterday(quite embarassing to admit actually) but sweet. Hmmm?? 4 stars
3/09/04 Brandy WOW 5 stars
3/06/04 gere arigo lopez its terrific! 5 stars
2/28/04 mirage nothing 5 stars
2/17/04 Hilary i thought the movie was awsome... i saw it twice and i would love to see it again.... 5 stars
2/07/04 Tasha Awesome movie .. Mandy & matthew are perfect ! 5 stars
2/06/04 chanel wise i thought it was really good and mathew goode looked really sexy in the movie 5 stars
2/04/04 Rachel Murray Great!! I loved it. Made me smile from ear to ear. 5 stars
1/25/04 Jessy good movie , mathew goode is hot 5 stars
1/22/04 Savanna it was not really good i would have rather spent my money on something else 3 stars
1/22/04 Danielle It was ok...a little cheesy at times...I believe Mandy Moore has way more potential 3 stars
1/20/04 Lindsey hot 5 stars
1/20/04 Jessica i think its worth seeing again and Mathew is a hottie! 5 stars
1/19/04 Christina THis was a goode movie. Goode to see Matthew that is. He totally made this movie great. 5 stars
1/17/04 aubrey- ussweetcheeks@yahoo.com what is the name of the "sweet modern pop song". if you know please email me. 4 stars
1/17/04 Dildos Rule The World Utter shit...even for a date movie. 1 stars
1/16/04 caitlin i saw this movie twice, i didnt like it until after she dyed her hair, it was cool! 5 stars
1/15/04 Laura It inspired many awwws... It was cute 4 stars
1/15/04 Betty White Silly, contrived kiddie comedy; Harmon is horrendous as the president. 1 stars
1/13/04 amy a cute date movie 3 stars
1/13/04 Gray gor robbed in prauge 1 stars
1/13/04 he a great fillm 5 stars
1/12/04 candice i loved the move its worth the money 5 stars
1/12/04 Juss Me It was cute, but don't go for it if you're not a sappy love-story type =P 4 stars
1/12/04 katie i love it! 5 stars
1/12/04 Nicole It was pretty OKAY. just went by hella slow but good story. 3 stars
1/12/04 Hollywood Sucks Kinda like a train wreck; takes forever to end and when it does you're amazed how bad it is 1 stars
1/10/04 paul heslep Well, I've seen the trailer... and I've seen Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday... I wont go 2 stars
1/10/04 Chip If you ever wanted to be alone or ever are alone, this movie will touch your heart 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  09-Jan-2004 (PG-13)
  DVD: 04-May-2004

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Australia
  08-Apr-2004




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