Chasing Liberty

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall, Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon, Jeremy Piven, Beatrice Rosen, Annabella Sciorra
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Directed By: Andy Cadiff
Studio: Warner Bros.
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Chasing Liberty stars Mandy Moore along with newcomer Matthew Goode in this romantic comedy, that has Mandy on the run across Europe, away from the public eye as The President’s daughter.
Look! I know you like blondes, but this is what color I like my hair, all right!”

Anna Foster, isn’t just some 18 year old girl. She happens to be the only child of the President of the United States, played by Mark Harmon. On a diplomatic trip to Prague, Anna grows frustrated of the constant baby-sitting by Secret Service, so she decides to break free and have fun like any 18 year old girl is suppose to. In the midst of all this, she meets Ben Calder, a photographer. Or so she thinks. Actually he works for her father as an undercover agent. She is fooled because Ben is British. I bet that’s what she thought. Anna, on the other hand, doesn’t want Ben to know she is the President’s daughter. Mandy Moore and the new guy, Matthew Goode play off each other really well, and the chemistry just clicks. Geez, I am a guy and I can’t believe I just said that. I meant to say is “Dude, you would be dumb if you two didn’t hit it off!”

Also featured in the movie, are Jeremy Piven (PCU, Serendipity) and Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos) as two of the secret service agents in charge of Anna, while she thinks she is escaping and living life freely. They have great comedy/romantic chemistry as well. Annabella is looking her best in this picture as well. I need more Annabella! Mandy you have some competition! Mark Harmon plays the President really well. He looks like a President, but he certainly acted more softly than a real President would.

The extras on this DVD are really good as well. Featured are a gag reel, additional scenes (some of them are just expanded scenes already featured in the movie.) Also, a nice look at the many cities filmed throughout Europe, in Passport to Europe. Don’t forget to check out an awesome performance by The Roots, featured in the movie, now can enjoy the music by itself.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I wasn’t expecting much, and the movie delivered. With a nice blend of comedy, romance, and great locations, Chasing Liberty should send Mandy Moore on her way to being one of the next best romantic actresses, and my wife.

n- Additional Scenes
n- Entire Concert Performance OF “The Seed” By The Roots
n- Audio Commentary With Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode
n- Passport To Europe: European Grand Tour With The Stars, Recalling Their Fun During The Shoot and Offering Travel Tips
n- Theatrical Trailer

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 2.40:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: Mandy in the river wink wink nudge nudge . Bungee Jumping. Gandola boat ride in Venice.
Rating: Rated PG-13
Running Time: 101 minutes
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