First Kid

on August 30, 1996 by Dwayne E. Leslie
The President's son--i.e., the First Kid ("Three Wishes'" Brock Pierce)--is about to meet his match in the form of Secret Service agent Sam Simms ("Houseguest's" Sinbad). With a dream of one day guarding the free world's leader, agent Simms accepts his new assignment and becomes the official babysitter for Luke. After several practical jokes (one involving a six-foot Colombian boa constrictor), a fight with a school bully (Zachery Ty Bryan from Buena Vista TV's "Home Improvement") and being taught basic fundamentals (self-defense, dancing and the use of disguises), the ntagonistic Luke finds friendship, love and companionship and learns self-worth from a person who he initially perceived as his enemy.
   "First Kid" is one of this summer's best family films. Finally, an adult/child buddy film that has humor and morals equally distributed. The story as well as the morals are easy for youngsters to follow and relate to, yet this funny, gripping, cleverly twisted film with a pumped soundtrack also deals with isolated and desires to be acknowledged by parents. "First Kid" shows that, no matter who your parents are, children have a need for quality time and for reassurance that they're loved. (It also shows kids how dangerous the Internet can be.)
   The audience, both young and old, are unlikely to tire of the various situations and humorous antics that transpire between Simms and Luke. When one gets hurt, the film makes the pain palpable. Kids will comprehend most of the jokes, although some will go over their heads (e.g., a visit by agent Simms to a mall store called the Counter Spy Store, which carries the latest in tracking devices). Although "First Kid" was originally written for Wesley Snipes and had more action, the project's resculpting has tailored the script to showcase Sinbad's talents perfectly. Starring Sinbad, Brock Pierce, Robert Guillaume and Fawn Reed. Directed by David Mickey Evans. Written by Tim Kelleher. Produced by Roger Birnbaum and Riley Kathryn Ellis. A Buena Vista release. Comedy. Rated PG for some violence, language and brief partial nudity. Running time: 101 min
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