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Awesome: 11.76%
Worth A Look: 16.18%
Average: 13.24%
Pretty Bad51.47%
Total Crap: 7.35%

6 reviews, 32 user ratings

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Prince & Me, The
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by Laura Kyle

"Much like today's royalty, THE PRINCE AND ME is useless entertainment."
3 stars

As transparent as it is absurd, THE PRINCE AND ME is nothing more than a regurgitation of the classic royalty-or-famous-person-meets--unsuspecting-commoner-and-they-fall-in-love-and-live-happily-ever-after fairytale that has been passed down from generation to generation. But thanks to the charms of the established young actress, Julia Stiles, and the new up and coming Brit, Luke Mably, mixed with a somewhat amusing screenplay, the movie succeeds in its genre.

Set in Wisconsin, Paige Morgan (Julia Stiles) is a driven pre-med student determined to avoid a careless romance, and Prince Edward (Luke Mably) of Denmark is the restless king-to-be who is evading royal responsibility as a rebellious college kid in the States. Despite his odd, self-absorbed manner, and trailing assistant, nobody seems to guess his true identity, and Paige easily believes he is a foreign exchange student. The cat and mouse chase exposition is much more appealing than the over the top finale, and it helps develop the story so you are still paying attention at the end.

And of course, Paige teaches Eddie about love and work ethic, while Eddie teaches Paige about poetry and the pains and pleasures that come with wealth and privilege. This dull, predictable, and recycled premise has been used many a time because with the right stars and right lighting, it easily reminds the audience of the innocence, joy, and surprises that are found in love. And that is truly one of the greatest stories ever told, so why not tell it over and over and over and over again? Basically, an enjoyable cinema experience is practically guaranteed if you put the idea in capable hands.

Modest humor and pleasant characters bring the story to life. The glimpse into Denmark royalty is interesting and somewhat believable (especially when one considers the real Prince of Denmark recently coupled up with a regular civilian), and the film's characters are fairly likeable. Stiles and Mably give equally thorough performances and I wouldn't mind seeing them pair up again for a more thought-provoking project.

Since the dialogue was generally satisfying, it is surprising the script at large wasn't a bit more realistic or original. But I assume that wasn't the aim, and am in a forgiving mood today.

In fact, I am glad that The Prince and Me didn't try to venture into more dramatic or novel territory, for that would be unnecessary, and merely pretentious. Director Martha Coolige knows what The Prince and Me is and she doesn't try to make it anything more, so it stays on track with an obvious and clear goal in mind.

THE PRINCE AND ME won't change or challenge you, but it just may uplift you for the movie's duration plus two or three, maybe even five, minutes afterward, so why not pay the four to eight bucks? But if you seek more than temporary well wrapped candy, just ignore the picture completely. Otherwise, forget logic and you will have fun

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User Comments

1/16/09 Anonymous. all romantic comedies are predictable. :X 3 stars
10/29/07 mb Predictable stupid movie. 1 stars
8/13/07 Annonomiss I liked this traditional rom-com. Chemistry there btwn Stiles & Prince. Pleased my soul. 4 stars
6/16/06 Michele average romance 3 stars
5/27/06 Sheena Never trust a movie with a grammer mistake in the title. Slow overused story line. 2 stars
5/03/06 Anthony Feor The Prince and me-are leaving the theatre 1 stars
3/23/06 Annie G I secretly love corny romance films, but this one was painful to watch. 2 stars
6/30/05 KR Did anybody notice that the prince of Denmark has an ENGLISH accent? Crap. 1 stars
2/28/05 Nilda C. M. I enjoyed the apparent Chemistry between Ms. Stiles & Mr. Mably! 4 stars
2/21/05 Jeff Anderson Not good at all & predictable IN THE EXTREME! The gifted Stiles deserves SO MUCH BETTER!!!! 1 stars
10/06/04 Chris A fun edition to the female genre. It did everything right except the ending. 4 stars
8/26/04 tatum Okay fluff, should have stuck with original ending 4 stars
8/11/04 Ashley johnson AWESOME MOVIE 5 stars
8/08/04 Jenni The movie was worth a look but Luke Mably was probably the best thing in it :) 4 stars
7/15/04 natasha cabot this movie was a total disaster it was so so so so crap and i fell asleep half way through 1 stars
7/13/04 anna totally awsome but the website sucked it didnt say when the movie was coming out! 5 stars
6/02/04 Iris Dementia Praecox Good except when Julia Stiles is playing that "shrewish" persona that some bafflingly like. 4 stars
6/02/04 Stephanie Throckmorton Beneath all the cliches, there's a right nice story here. 4 stars
5/07/04 katrina i reli reli lyk dis movie! 5 stars
4/28/04 Isabell I think every girl in the city watched the movie!!! 5 stars
4/19/04 molly its entertaining and funny 4 stars
4/13/04 Rachel it was an awesome movie, i am obsessed, it was so cute, def. a chick flick though 5 stars
4/13/04 Chris I thought it was cute but should not have been rated PG. I like the formula and the movie. 4 stars
4/05/04 Brittany Christian I thought it was a cute love story, but the ending was most disappointing 4 stars
4/04/04 Michelle excellent movie! must watch julia stiles is hilarious and the prince .. is like SOOOO HOT!! 5 stars
4/04/04 dawn juliastiles sucked but the movie still rocked!they should have gotten another actress! 5 stars
4/04/04 Nicole Really looked forward to this movie, but turns out it was very predictable and boring. 2 stars
4/04/04 Rhi Some parts the actors were crappy, but the overrall feeling of romance was intense 4 stars
4/04/04 Kerry I thought the movie was great. I disagree with the comments that the characters were fake. 5 stars
3/28/04 jt pretty crappy 2 stars
3/28/04 Beth 4 words: temporary suspension of disbelief 2 stars
3/28/04 Ray Well, it could be worst 3 stars
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  02-Apr-2004 (PG)
  DVD: 10-Aug-2004



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