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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Even if he is the "First Kid," Luke is still a kid and needs to go out and experience life like any other boy. If kids don't get the love, attention, and care they need, they'll act out.
Positive Role Models
Simms grows to see Luke as a boy who needs to get away from the demands of being the son of the president of the United States and simply have fun like any other boy. Luke transitions from bratty to likeable over the course of the movie.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of comedic pratfalls in this one. Characters fall into walls, trip on floors, roller skate into giant birthday cakes. As the new kid at his school, Luke encounters bullying, and gets into two fistfights with another boy. During a climactic scene, characters pull guns as Luke is nearly abducted.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nonsexual glimpse of Luke's bottom as he moons the press corps at the mall as a prank.
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"Sucks" is said twice, "hell" is said once, and Sam is often called a "dork" by the bullies at school.
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Products & Purchases
At a roller rink, Sinbad's character dresses as a giant Coke Classic mascot on wheels. Characters are seen eating McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, and Dunkin' Donuts.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Early in the film, Secret Service officers are seen at a bar holding and drinking beers, and one character appears quite intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Sinbad vehicle about the growing pains of the president's son is filled with comedic pratfalls. We get a brief glimpse of bare bottom when the "First Son" moons the press corps as a prank. There is some bullying, and the idea that learning to box will fix that problem. There is a sublot involving an online stalker, but this topic is dealt with less in a substantive way and more as tools to advance the story, but the fact that they are in the film does offer families the chance to discuss these issues in more constructive ways. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
FIRST KID can't seem to decide if it's a coming-of-age film about the son of the president of the United States, or a vehicle for Sinbad to play a Secret Service man and get into zany hijinks. It tries to do both, and while the results aren't as awful as some other kids' movies, the pratfalls don't draw a whole lot of laughter, nor is there much empathy for the First Kid until perhaps halfway through the film, where he starts to actually seem like any other awkward 13 year old and not a spoiled brat.
Through the magic of the "boxing montage," First Kid Luke is taught to stand up to bullies by learning how to punch harder. While some parents out there certainly applaud this solution, others may want alternatives. Still, Serviceman Simms helps Luke ask out a girl and teaches him to dance, and while the results are about what you'd expect, as something watched for pure entertainment purposes, you could do better, but you could also do much worse.
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