First Kid is a 1996 comedy film directed by The Sandlot's David Mickey Evans and stars Sinbad and Brock Pierce. It was mostly filmed in Richmond, Virginia. Sam Simms (Sinbad) is a Secret Service agent assigned by his superior (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 fired. 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, including an incident where he releases his pet snake into a White House party. After seeing Luke get beat up by the school bully Rob (Zachery Ty Bryan), Simms feels sorry for him - he had felt alone as a teenager, too - and they become friends. Simms, a former boxing champion, 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, to the school dance, which he finally does successfully with Simms's help. On the night of the dance, a backpack is left
Release Date: August 30, 1996
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''First Kid'' is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested). Its risque elements are mild, including a shot of bare buttocks used to good comic effect. Some violence colors the climactic scene.Click here to read the full review
For parents, First Kid provides a list of goods and bads. Simms relationship with Luke is heartwarming as he shows Luke how to protect himself against the school bully and offers suggestions on talking to girls and learning how to dance. Sinbad's comedic charm makes for a very funny scene as Luke approaches "the girl" at school and asks her out to the dance with Simms coaching him via the Secret Service earpiece. The awkwardness of Luke was a nice change from the usual know-it-all attitude seen in so many kids on the screen today.Click here to read the full review
The comedian plays a Secret Service agent ordered to bodyguard the President’s bratty son. Several funny moments and life lessons common to this type of film. The kids at the screening loved it.Click here to read the full review
Parents need to know that this Sinbad vehicle about the growing pains of the president's son is filled with comedic pratfalls. We get a brief glimpse of bare bottom when the "First Son" moons the press corps as a prank. There is some bullying, and the idea that learning to box will fix that problem. There is a sublot involving an online stalker, but this topic is dealt with less in a substantive way and more as tools to advance the story, but the fact that they are in the film does offer families the chance to discuss these issues in more constructive ways.Click here to read the full review
That "First Kid" should be Sinbad's best film to date is no surprise, given how many stinkers he's been in. That Sinbad should actually be funny and even somewhat charming in it, much less any movie, is a surprise, though. While it's not the best family comedy of the summer by any means, "First Kid" is likable enough, as is its star. Parents should be warned, however, that the ending is pretty violent, and there's some vulgar material (including a mooning scene) that actually pushes it toward PG-13 territory. Sinbad stars as Sam Simms, a Secret Service agent - say that three times fast! - who's always screwing up his chances to be assigned to "Eagle" detail, or protecting President Davenport (James Naughton). At the insistence of his mentor, Agent Wilkes (Robert Guillaume), Simms is given another chance, this time to protect Luke Davenport (Brock Pierce), the difficult "first kid," who has already ended the career of Secret Service Agent Woods (Timothy Busfield). Things don't look too promising for Simms, either, especially after Luke sneaks out of the White House the first night of his assignment and after Luke winds up getting into a fight with a prep-school bully (Zachery Ty Bryan, from TV's "Home Improvement") while Simms simply watches. It turns out, though, that Luke is just misunderstood. The 13-year-old is lonely because he sees his father so rarely and because he's treated like a prisoner in his own home. Eventually, he opens up to Simms, who teaches him how to defend himself, how to dance and how to talk to girls (the latter, in a funny scene that recalls "Cyrano de Bergerac"). In a moment of weakness, Simms helps Luke slip out during a bomb threat - so he can attend a dance - and both land in hot water. But Simms gets one last chance when Luke is kidnapped by the revenge-minded Woods, and he's the only one who can rescue the boy. Director David Mickey Evans ("The Sandlot") wisely plays to Sinbad's strengths, including his aptitude for physical comedy. But the film sags around mid-point and never completely recovers. Also, its final fifteen minutes are a little too dark for what is supposed to be a light comedy. The script, by former television writer Tim Kelleher, sprinkles in a few nice jabs that should make parents chuckle. Unfortunately, it has a sticky marshmallow center that's just a tad too heavy on the sweet side. What really redeems "First Kid" is its performances. As stated before, Sinbad has never been better in a film. The former "Star Search" comedy competitor tones down his camera mugging and actually has some on-screen chemistry with Pierce, a decent teen actor who starred in "The Mighty Ducks" movies, as well as with Guillaume.August 30th, 1996 · Details