Written by: Mark Amin, Katherine Fugate, Jack Amiel, Michael
Cast: Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Ben Miller, James Fox, Miranda
Halfway into the story, I thought to myself—and
not without a small amount of glee—that the writers
had painted themselves into a corner. Not only were
they pushing the message of following your dreams, but
they had the audacity to declare that one must follow
one’s heart, as well. Well, which one is it? Does
love truly conquer all, or should noble and lifelong
goals take top priority? Which moral memo would the
writers champion once the two fail to coincide? After
all, basic plot conflict demands that the coveted career
and the coveted cutie stand on either side of the river.
How on earth, I thought, are they going to navigate
this baby? Well I’ll leave that for you
to find out, but let me assure you that the outcome
does make you smile—or at least laugh.
The Prince And Me is of that same make and model
as similarly teen-pleasing movies She’s All
That and Ten Things I Hate About You. Lessons
are learned, love is found, lies are exposed, and a
new hottie’s career is made. In this case that
hottie is Luke Mably, who plays the rakish, lusty,
irresponsible Prince Edvard (and is it my imagination,
or does he bear an uncanny resemblance to Prince William?).
Edvard is quite bored with his pampered life in Denmark
and decides that he needs to “get away”
for a while. A certain “Girls Gone Wild”
commercial convinces him that Wisconsin is where it’s
at, so he convinces Mummy and Daddy (Richardson and
Fox) that he can make it on his own as an American
college student. Enter Paige Morgan (Stiles),
his brainy and unfortunate lab partner. Paige is a hard-working
farmgirl with aspirations of becoming a doctor and the
endless, humorless studying to back it up. Oh, and she
isn’t at all affected by Eddie’s well-spoken
charm, a fact which of course attracts him all the more.
The movie progresses exactly as the audience thinks
and wants it to, with Paige letting loose and Eddie
shaping up. The two characters both learn for the first
time what “true love” means and how to hold
onto it against all odds, including medical school and
the royal Danish family. Speaking of the royal family,
may I take a moment and ask my more traveled friends
a question? Do Danes speak with British accents, or
did the casting director just do a really crappy job?
Only Queen Rosalind managed to speak with what could
be labeled as a Danish accent, and even then I questioned
why the characters spoke English all the time. Surely
Danish isn’t all that bad. I mean, it’s
got to sound better than German, right?
While there are a couple of laughs and a couple of
dreamy sighs, neither the “aww” factor nor
the adorable Stiles are enough to separate The Prince
And Me from its many many many predecessors.
It was cute, but nothing extraordinary or even memorable—it’s
the kind of harmless feel-good movie they show on airplanes
and TV demos at Best Buy. The PG rating is solid (only
the slightest references to sex and two scenes with
a shirtless Mabry), so mothers, feel free to send your
13-year-olds to the theater. The only harmful impression
they might get from this movie is that cute boys with
accents = princes in disguise. But really, haven’t
we all been down that path?
— Emily Younger
Take a pal and pay full price for both tickets.
Itís worth a full-price ticket.
Itís worth a matinee ticket.
Wait for video rental.
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