Parents' Guide to

The American President

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Witty, wise, and idealized political romance.

Movie PG-13 1995 115 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

One of my all time favorite movies!

I have always loved this movie. The casting of each role was spot on. Every single actor could not have been a more perfect fit. They added so much to the roles they played. The writing was top notch and very realistic. It told the story in a captivating way. You were never led off course. The topics were realistic. It was impressive to get a glimpse of what goes on in Washington. It may have been idealistic but with what we’ve got going on in politics now, who couldn’t use this movie to help us forget for a short time what politicians are really like. Syd’s role made me want to rethink my career path and I’m 61 years old. She’s a person with a job that could make huge impacts in America. Something to aspire to. All the scenery was beautiful and realistic . Excellent job all around. I pull this movie out as a favorite go-to movie!
age 13+

WARNING! The CommonSense Ratings are inaccurate!

The Common Sense Media rating is completely wrong. It says that there's no sex, but there are multiple conversations about sex, the president and the girl he's courting end up sleeping together. Nothing's shown, but it's a main part of the plot and many conversations afterward refer back to it. Common Sense's rating for language is accurate, but the description only reports three instances of swear words being used. My kids counted well over 15. Based on Common Sense's ratings, we thought that the PG-13 rating probably wasn't merited and decided to watch it with the whole family. That was a bad idea. This movie isn't for kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This is a delightful romantic comedy. Viewers of all ages will likely be able to relate to the president's conflict -- especially when it's resolved with the help of great dialogue from Aaron Sorkin, who went on to write The West Wing.

Romantics will love Andrew's decision and the goofy way the president behaves around Sydney. For girls, Sydney provides a great model of how to be a strong, compassionate, and powerful woman.

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