First Kid

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First Kid
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid M. Evans
Produced byRoger Birnbaum
Written byTim Kelleher
Starring
Music byRichard Gibbs
CinematographyAnthony B. Richmond
Edited byHarry Keramidas
Production
companies
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • August 30, 1996 (1996-08-30)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$15 million[citation needed]
Box office$26,465,920 (USA)[1]

First Kid is a 1996 American slapstick comedy film directed by David Mickey Evans and starring Sinbad and Brock Pierce. It was mostly filmed in Richmond, Virginia.

Plot[edit]

Sam Simms (Sinbad) is a Secret Service agent assigned by his superior Wilkes (Robert Guillaume) to protect President Paul Davenport's (James Naughton) rebellious 13-year-old son Luke Davenport (Brock Pierce) after Luke's behavior causes another agent Woods (Timothy Busfield) to be replaced for mistreating Luke in front of media cameras. Simms sees this assignment as undesirable, but a possible stepping stone to protecting the President. He fails to connect with the boy at first, and Luke continues to misbehave.

After seeing Luke get beat up by the school bully Rob (Zachery Ty Bryan), his parents punish him for the fight, even though he didn't start it. Because of the re-election, they can't risk Luke going out of public for a month while his parents are on the campaign trail. Simms feels sorry for him - he had felt alone as a teenager, too (losing his father in Vietnam while his mother worked 2-3 jobs to financially support him) - and they become friends. Simms, a former boxer, agrees to sneak Luke out against the wishes of the chief of security Morton (Art LaFleur) and teach him how to fight.

Meanwhile, Luke agonizes over asking the cutest girl, Katie (Erin Williby), to the school dance, which he finally does successfully with Simms's help. Simms, breaking the rules, takes Luke to the dance. There, Rob tries to attack Luke again while Simms is distracted, but this time, Luke puts him down.

After that, Secret Service agents bust the school dance and retrieve Luke. Simms is fired and not allowed to speak with Luke, who is crushed that his friend has apparently "abandoned" him. Luke, under house arrest and with a homing device attached to him, receives advice from an online friend, Mongoose12, on how to escape the White House and meet him at a local mall. Luke agrees, but it is revealed that Mongoose12 was in fact former agent Woods, who abducts him. When Luke goes missing, Simms is given another chance to protect him. With the help of his friend Harold (a paraplegic who owns a spy shop), he quickly tracks Luke to the mall.

In a standoff, Woods says he was originally planning on returning Luke to the President so he could be a hero and get his job back, but now he wants to kill him instead, blaming Luke for making him lose his job, and even his wife. Woods tries to shoot Simms, but he takes cover and once Woods is out of bullets, Simms brings him down with a right uppercut. As other agents arrive, Woods tries to shoot Luke with a back-up revolver, but Simms jumps in front of Luke, causing him to take the intended bullet in his arm. Woods is also shot, subdued, and arrested by other arriving Secret Service agents for abduction, assault, and attempted murder.

Simms is offered Presidential duty which he declines in order to stay with Luke full time, and so he can also spend more time with Luke's biology teacher, with whom he has formed a romantic relationship.

Cast[edit]

This film would turn out to be the final on screen appearance of Sonny Bono before his death in 1998, who, at the time of the film's release, was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sonny plays himself as a Congressman coming to the White House, to visit the President. Simms bumps into him (literally) outside the Oval Office and fawns over him.

It is the only major, scripted film that a then sitting President appeared in.[citation needed]

Ratings[edit]

When First Kid was rated for video release by the BBFC, one minute and thirty one seconds were cut, due to the hostage attack in the shopping mall. At the time, the BBFC felt that this, and the sudden onslaught of violence, were too intense for a 'PG' certificate. In 2002, all cuts were waived for a 'PG' rating.[2]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The movie debuted at #3.[3]

Critical response[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 20%, based on reviews from 15 critics.[4] On Metacritic it has a score of 48% based on reviews from 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade "B" on scale of A to F.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Kid (1996) - Financial Information". The Numbers (website).
  2. ^ http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/first-kid-1
  3. ^ Snow, Shauna (1996-09-03). "MORNING REPORT". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  4. ^ "First Kid (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  5. ^ "First Kid". Metacritic.
  6. ^ "FIRST KID (1996) A-". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.

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