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First Family (1980)

  R Closed Captioning

Buck Henry

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About the Movie

When the First Daughter is kidnapped by an African tribe, the President must do what he can to keep them from sacrificing her. A political satire about an inept U.S. President, his dysfunctional family, and his scheming advisors.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 1
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 3.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: What is the sound of one man not laughing? – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 25, 2013

Rotten: Unfunny farce about an inept president, his alcoholic wife and their motley family and aides. – Washington Post, Jun 25, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Bad Choice

This movie is a particularly disappointing waste of time because the individual performers involved are so talented. But none of that talent is on display here. Painfully slow and uninteresting by today's standards, I actually turned it off to watch broadcast television (twice) and made out my monthly spending budget. If I had had dirty laundry to wash and fold I would probably would have done that too rather than sit through this. As it was I tried to fast forward through it to find the "funny" parts. Let me save you the $3.00 rental fee; there aren't any funny parts. Sad.


I'm a big Gilda Radner fan so I really wanted to see this movie. The first 2/3 was kinda funny. I did laugh at a couple of parts. However, the last third was tragic and stupid. Unless you are invested in a particular actor/actress in this movie and you just want to see what they did, don't bother. Save your money and your time. This movie is really quite bad.


If you are a Gilda Radner, Bob Newhart or Madeline Kahn fan, this movie is a must! Gilda was a riot playing the role if the deviant "First Child". This is a movie that should be considered a classic.

First Family (1980)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2014

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