Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+
Witty, wise, and idealized political romance.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sydney and Andrew (both unmarried) sleep together on their second date. Andrew's wife died of cancer, leaving him to raise his daughter alone, which may sadden teens who've lost a parent. There's some minimal cursing, and political rival Robert Rumson is quick to accuse Sydney of being a slut on national television. There's a lot of potential for mean-spirited digs in this film, and some of them are taken, but mostly it's an uplifting romantic comedy in which the president learns to stand up for what he believes in rather than sticking to what makes him popular.
- Families can talk about the similarities between the behaviors of the characters in the movie and kids in high school: the mean-spirited gossip, the flirting, the struggle between being cool and having integrity. Has anyone in your family faced these challenges? How did you decide what to do? What would you have done if you were in Andrew's shoes, or in Sydney's?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Andrew faces some challenges, but in the end does what's right. Sydney is a great model of a powerful and compassionate woman.
What to watch for
Violence: Not an issue
Sexy stuff: In one scene Sydney is dressed only in a robe. She and Andrew have sex on the second date (nothing graphic is shown). Brief kissing, but nothing explicit.
Language: "F--k" is said once, and "s--t" twice.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking, but not to excess.