Even when she's playing a girl with a head full of air in a plot full of holes, Mandy Moore manages to make Chasing Liberty wholesomely appealing. It's too bad that "wholesome," in this case, means frolicking around Prague... more », Venice, and Berlin as the U.S. President's daughter, eluding Secret Service agents, defying her second-term President father (Mark Harmon, totally miscast), and trusting complete strangers in a world where potential terrorism seems like nothing more than a pesky distraction. In other words, first daughter Anna Foster (Moore) is a complete idiot, oblivious to danger in a fluffy romantic fantasy that's part Roman Holiday (the good part) and part bubble-gum star vehicle. Don't blame Mandy for daring to shed her good-girl image; even her innocent skinnydipping scene was handled by a "butt double," and she's irresistible as she falls for the mutually smitten Secret Service agent (promising newcomer Matthew Goode) assigned to keep her out of harm's way. Another budding romance involving two bickering agents (Annabella Sciorra, Jeremy Piven) is perfunctory at best, but if you're looking for a picturesque, sweet-natured tour of Europe with a pair of likeable lovebirds, Chasing Liberty makes for a pleasantly brief vacation. --Jeff Shannon« less
Genres:Comedy Sub-Genres:Comedy Studio:Warner Home Video Format:DVD - Full Screen DVD Release Date: 04/26/2005 Release Year: 2005 Screens: Full Screen Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 0 MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) Languages:English See Also:
Disappointed there is no sound track CD for "Chasing Liberty
David Lee | Moorea, Tahiti, [and Alexandria, Corsica, Poconos, | 01/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mandy Moore, Annabella Sciorra and Jeremy Piven are absolutely wonderful in the movie. Storyline could have been better. There are many excellent scenes of Europe, which make me want to trek thru many places (Washington, Prague, Venice, Austria, Berlin, Harvard U, London). An excellent collection of great music is in the movie, in the same order: - American Girl, by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - The Seed, by The Roots - If You Won't, by Jesse Harris - Vivi Davvero, by Giorgia -- amazing Italian tune ! - If I'm not in love (with you), from Faith Hill's Breathe album - Life will go on, from Chris Issak's Always Got Tonight album - Puccini's Nessun Dorma, by Amici Forever -- always great !! - To be with you, by Caroline Lost -- WoW !!!
----- For those who enjoy the music in the movie, here's the complete list (from IMDB) ----- (all original music in the film is by Christian Henson) 01. Goo Goo Dolls - Big Machine (trailer) 02. Michelle Branch - Find Your Way Back (trailer) 03. Tom Petty - American Girl (Washington DC - opening) 04. Rooney - Stay Away (Wahington DC - first date) 05. 7th Sun - Melody (Prague - walking to concert) 06. The Roots - The Seed 2.0 (Prague - concert) 07. Frantisek Cerny - Deja Vu (Prague - Marquis de Sade bar) 08. Jesse Harris - If you won't (Prague - walking down the alley) 09. Offenbach - La Belle Helen (Prague - the opera playing on the screen) 10. Jason Mraz - Who Needs Shelter (Prague - waking up on the rooftop) 11. Apollo 440 - Can't Stop the Rock (Prague - train station) 12. Sean Paul - Get Busy (McGruff on the train) 13. Giorgia - Vivi Davvero (exploring Venice) 14. Faith Hill - If I'm Not In Love (Austria - ben chasing anna on the kids bike) 15. Sean Paul - Get Busy (Austria - bungee jumping) 16. Jason Mraz - Who Needs Shelter (Austria - waking up at the campsite) 17. Yomanda - Free (Berlin - love parade) 18. Mansun - Wide Open Space - Perfecto mix by Paul Oakenfold (Berlin - love parade) 19. Benny Benassi - Satisfaction (Berlin - love parade - good beat, no lyrics) 20. Chris Isaak - Life Will Go On (Berlin - in the helicopter and during flashback) 21. uncredited opera singer - Nessun Dorma (London - in the theater at the end) 22. Caroline Lost - To Be With You (during credits)"
SOUNDTRACK--no cd, just songs from the film
fink | New york, New york | 01/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yomanda- youre free* Jason Mraz- who needs shelter* Caroline Lost- to be with you Chris Issak- life will go on Faith Hill- If I'm not in love with you* Jesse Harris- if you wont The Roots- the seed Giorgia- Vovi Davvero Michelle Branch- Find your way back Rooney- stay away*
* = personal favorites"
A nice fun movie; the critics have been unfair
David Lee | 01/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are tired of movies filled with computer graphics, tired of movies filled with explosions and destruction, tired of movies of teens doing things that will get them arrested, tired of movies about people with "real life problems", Chasing Liberty is a delightful, lightweight, fun (and funny), escapism movie that leaves you feeling good at the end. Yes the plot is a bit implausible and limited, but that is the fun of this movie. Mandy Moore is wonderful as Anna Foster, only daughter of U.S. President Foster, who is tired of living in a bubble. She wants to be a real teenager and experience life and love. Anna escapes the bubble, while on a state trip to Czech Republic, with the aid of someone (Matthew Goode), who turns out not to be who she thinks. Mandy has amazing talent for her age, and is set to be a superstar actress in the near future. She does not deserve to still be titled as a "pop princess" anymore. She is an actress in her own right, who can sing. She fills the screen with her personality and presence, definitely a star. The movie extends her skills requiring acting during action scenes. Goode's character as a British secret service agent (not clear how) is underutilized.
Chasing Liberty and Mandy Moore have been unfairly savaged by the "critics". It is a beautifully shot, nice, fluffy and fun movie and should be seen by those who want to escape from real life for a couple of hours. If you do not, there are plenty of alternatives."
Come on, you know you like it.
David Lee | 01/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Let me just start off with yes, I love romantic fluff, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. This was a great piece of romantic fluff to watch on a lazy afternoon. It wasn't boring, the lead characters looked good, and it had a great soundtrack. Sure, you could drive a Mac truck through the plot holes, and I'd be pretty scared if the secret service was as dimwitted as they were in this movie, but it still did not take away from my enjoyment of the movie. If your a realist and hate quality cheese, save your time and money, and don't watch this movie. However, if you're like me and like happy endings, cute kisses, and leaving reality back in the real world, you may just enjoy this flick too. Good job, Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode!"
Political comic relief
D. Roberts | Battle Creek, Michigan United States | 12/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"By nature, fathers tend to be overly protective of their daughters. This is even more true if the daughter is an only-child. The ante goes up even more when the father just so happens to be the President of the United States and is able to keep tabs on his offspring wherever she may wander!
Such is the backdrop of this charming & refreshing Romantic Comedy. It displays the frustration of a young girl (Mandy Moore) who is fed up with being followed everywhere she goes. Her rebellious stage is juxtaposed with her dad's overbearing but loving concern for her safety.
One of the nice things about this film is the subtle way in which it shows how both father & daughter are right....and how both father & daughter are wrong in their assumptions about the world. The movie never takes a "preachy" tone, and to do so would have ruined the charm of the story.
Mandy Moore is, in a word, adorable. She has a warm and radiant camera presence and her charisma is what really puts this DVD over the top. Had any other actress played her role I doubt if this would have scored more than 3 or maybe 4 stars. Moore's persona by itself is worth the price of this DVD.
So, if you're looking for a different kind of Romantic Comedy, this one might be worth a shot. Instead of a regular girl turning into a princess we're shown the life of a virtual princess - who wants nothing more than to be a normal girl. Very entertaining & feel good stuff!"