Tomorrow is Presidents’ Day, which I am guessing for many of you means a chance to extend your weekend by one more glorious day. How are you going to fill all that time? Well, I know that I need to brush up on my presidential history a little bit, but after I hit the books tomorrow, I’m going to want to do something relaxing.
For me, that means a nice movie sesh (complete with delicious snacks, of course!). It turns out there are quite a few films with a tie to the president so you can have your day of fun and still kind of honor the holiday. Whether we’re talking real presidents or fictional first families, I’ve picked out ten movies from a few different genres that could keep you company during your school-free Presidents’ Day tomorrow.
My Date With The President's DaughterI loved watching Eric Matthews (okay, so he has a different name in the movie and in real life, but let's just go with it) woo the president's daughter on their totally crazy date. This is a '90s classic that totally deserves a re-watch on a day off. Source: IMDb.com
Chasing LibertyMandy Moore is the president's daughter who is sick of always having people looking out for her. After making a break for it, she starts bonding with a guy she just met. But he may not be all that he seems! Source: IMDb.com
First DaughterSo this is basically Chasing Liberty, but with a few changes. Katie Holmes plays (as you could guess from the title) the daughter of the president who heads off to college without wanting all those Secret Service around. She too meets a guy who may not be all that he seems! Source: IMDb.com
First KidSinbad stars as a Secret Service agent assigned to look after (you guessed it) the "First Kid." They go from annoying one another to a place of understanding and friendship, all done in typical '90s hijinks fashion. Source: IMDb.com
Independence DayOkay, the title is maybe more suited to a different national holiday, but when your movie has the White House on the cover, it works for Presidents' Day too. Plus, at one point, the president flies a fighter jet. If you want some action on your day off, watch Will Smith and company save the world from alien forces. Source: IMDb.com
Mars Attacks!I remember watching this when I was way too young and it terrified me. Apparently though, it's meant to be funny! Jack Nicholson is the president who tries to facilitate a meeting on Earth with some aliens, and as you might expect, things do not go particularly well. Source: IMDb.com
Monsters Vs. AliensAliens are apparently very popular in movies where the president is a character. After a failed attempt by the president in this film (voiced by Stephen Colbert) to reach out to some aliens, a crew of monsters steps in to save the day. I will also add that the president in this movie has some awesome keyboard skills. Source: IMDb.com
The American PresidentIf you are looking for a bit of a more romantic take, there's this movie with Michael Douglas and Annette Bening about the relationship between the widowed president and an environmental lobbyist. Basically, the girl who plays Becky in Little Giants plays the president's daughter, which is awesome. Source: IMDb.com
DaveWouldn't it be crazy if you looked exactly like someone famous? Well, Dave looks exactly like the president and he gets called to fill in when the real prez is in a coma. It's all about a regular guy figuring out all that political stuff (and maybe finding love along the way). Source: IMDb.com
LincolnSo this is probably the one I will be watching on my day off. The biopic covers Lincoln's life during his presidency, and Daniel Day-Lewis is supposed to be amazing as the president. This film is nominated for a lot of Oscars next weekend, making it a particularly timely choice. Source: IMDb.com
Have you seen any of these movies? Any favorite presidential films I may have missed? Do you have Presidents’ Day plans for this year? Tell me in the comments!