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Hallie Richmond (Elisabeth Harnois) has a curse. She is the President's Daughter. Ordinary, geeky Duncan (Will Friedle) is in need of a date for his high school dance. A chance encounter between the two might be just what they need. Hallie convinces her father to let her go to the dance with Duncan, which leads the two teenagers on a wild adventure across Washington D.C. as they try to make it to dance.
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Premiering on ABC, it was a part of Walt Disney Presents revival series, and has since become a Cult Classic.


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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Reid to Hallie. Mostly because he’s awkward nand constantly tries to make a move on her.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: When she firsts sees Steve driving by on his motorcycle, Hallie is clearly attracted to him. When she dumps Duncan after learning about his bet, she instantly goes off with Steve.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Almost every male character Hallie encounters harasses. Of course perhaps if she didn't dress so skimpy...
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Like so many examples of the time, Duncan’s sister Tracy is quite condescending and bitchy towards not only her brother, but also her own parents and several members of the cabinet. She’s civil with the President though and even gives him the affectionate nickname, Mr. P.
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  • Big Eater: Tracy is shown chowing down on food in just about every scene she is in.
  • Blind Date: Somewhat, since Duncan didn't find out that Hallie was the President's Daughter until he drove to her house.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Hallie has shades of this, but with good reasons, since she has never been able to do what she's wanted to do.
  • Coming-of-Age Story
  • Damsel in Distress: Hallie becomes this when Steve refuses to let her leave his house after she rejects his advances.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hallie often speaks to Reid like this, especially when he asks her out on a date to Club Alien. Her reply is “Sorry, I don’t date out of my species.”
  • Dumb Blonde: While Hallie is by no means dumb, she has very poor judgment and is very impulsive, which leads her into trouble.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The entire film occurs within a little over 24 hours. A good bulk of the film takes place during the evening.
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  • Fakeout Makeout: Hallie pretends to start to make out with Duncan, pulling him down under the seats in the movie theater. She did this so she and Duncan could slip out of the theater without being caught by the Secret service who were accompanying them.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hallie has very poor judgment. Rather than wear a proper date attire, she purchases a sexy dress that draws the wrong kind of attention to her. She believes almost anything that anyone tells her, which almost lands Duncan in trouble with some rednecks. And after leaving Duncan, she goes off with a shady biker who she was warned was bad news.
  • Forced into Their Sunday Best: Hallie.
  • Grounded Forever: Hallie and Duncan discuss what's going to happen when they get back home after the trouble they've caused.
    Hallie: Duncan, what do you think your parents are going to do when you get home tonight.
    Duncan: Grounded, for life. No allowance. Oh, and I get to lick the garage clean once a week forever....and a month.
    Hallie: : And I won't be allowed to date until I'm married.
  • Insult Backfire: Reid seems undaunted by Hallie’s insults as well her poisonously sarcastic tongue.
  • High-School Dance:
  • Iconic Outfit: Hallie's sexy pink minidress.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: When they leave for their date, Hallie wears her hair in a tight bun, showcasing how she was still under the control of her political parents. After escaping the secret service, she lets her hair down, and from then on acts like the wild teenager she always wanted to be.
  • MacGuffin Location: the dance at Duncan's high school.
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  • Ms. Fanservice: Hallie spends a majority of the film wearing a sexy pink velvet spaghetti strap mini-dress. This of course draws the wrong type of attention.
  • One Crazy Night
  • Panty Shot: Hallie's panties can be seen briefly when Steve knocks her to the ground.
  • Pedal-to-the-Metal Shot: When Hallie is driving Duncan's father's car and she has to floor the gas hard (in high heels sandals) to get away from thugs at a red traffic light.
  • Pink Means Feminine: For most of the film, Hallie wears a hot pink velvet dress. One can interpret it as representing her freed sexuality that had been repressed from being the president's daughter.
  • Police Are Useless: The police officer who arrests the President and Duncan's father cannot clearly recognize the former. Also, the Secret service were easily tricked by Duncan and Hallie, who escaped without them even noticing.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Or in Hallie's case, the President's daughter. She chooses a hot pink dress to wear on her date with Duncan.
  • Proper Lady: The role Hallie has been forced to be for most of her life.
  • Rebellious Princess: Or in Hallie's case, rebellious President's daughter. The moment she gets the chance, she provides an opening for her and Duncan to slip away from the Secret Service.
  • Sexophone: Hallie gets one of these when she emerges from the dressing room and shows Duncan her new dress.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: For the first quarter, Hallie fits the bill with her very regal and conservative attire. She deconstructs this in the second half when she decides to dress more sexier, allowing her let out her wild and more adventurous side.
  • She's Got Legs: Hallie, even in her sophisticated attire.
  • Smooch of Victory: The kiss at the end between Hallie and Duncan can be considered this.
  • Stage Magician: Duncan uses his magic tricks to get him and Hallie out of trouble with a few bikers. Bonus points for Hallie actually being impressed by his magic.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Both Reid and Steve. The latter manages to show up in almost all the same places that Hallie and Duncan are at.
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