"Chasing Liberty" - Movie Review
- Thursday, January 08, 2004
Release Date: January 9, 2004
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and brief nudity)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Andy Cadiff
Actors: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon, Caroline Goodall, Annabella Sciorra, Jeremy Piven and Martin Hancock
Anna Foster (Mandy Moore) is the cloistered daughter of President James Foster (Mark Harmon). Anna longs for freedom, but with the Secret Service – and a very concerned father – watching her every move, dating is out of the question. Dad finally agrees to a night out supervised by just two agents, during their presidential visit to Prague. But, at the last minute, he changes his mind and sends out a contingent. Furious, Anna ditches her guards and takes off.
Fortunately for Daddy, the Vespa-riding hunk Anna escapes with just happens to be a British Secret Service agent. So the President gives the young man an assignment: keep an eye on Anna and keep his identity a secret. The only problem is, Anna has her eye on the guy, and she’s one very determined young woman.
OBJECTIONABLE CONTENT: "Chasing Liberty"
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On the surface, this film is a teen romance that young girls and parents can relate to – and great European scenery. Despite her tendency to strip naked and seduce guys she barely knows, Moore’s character is hardly a wild child. She doesn’t smoke or use drugs, and only drinks once in the film (although she does get drunk). She curses, but infrequently. Not a bad movie for her adolescent fans, right? Think again.
Like most romantic comedies, "Chasing Liberty" embraces a Romantic worldview. That doesn’t mean it’s filled with candles and roses. It means that the film buys into the mindset that humans are essentially good and noble, and that civilization (by which Rousseau, the “father” of Romanticism, meant Christianity) corrupts humans. According to this view, we are controlled by our “heart” and emotions, and not by our intellect or logical mind.
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