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Prince & Me, The
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by Collin Souter

"Rom-Com # 5: Low Profile Girl Unknowingly Falls For High Profile Guy"
2 stars

“The Prince & Me” is one of this season’s Pleasant Romantic Comedy Guaranteed Not To Offend, Arouse or Provoke Thought. April is often filled with PRCGNTOAoPTs. History has proven the seasonal box office success of this sub-genre with the likes of “The Wedding Planner” and “How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days,” two movies that perfectly fit the PRCGNTOAoPT mold. “The Prince & Me,” like this season’s “50 First Dates” and countless others, strives for nothing more than to be likable, and it can be in spurts, but most of the time, you’re left sitting there thinking: “I’ve seen this before. Where in God’s name have I seen this before?!? Did I just rent this movie?”

(See also Chasing Liberty, Along Came Polly, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton and 50 First Dates)

Like many PRCGNTOAoPTs, “The Prince & Me” stars two good-looking leads—in this case Julia Stiles and newcomer Luke Mably—none of whom have had any pull at the box office, but seem to be appealing enough to cater to the teeny boppers who will attend. I like Julia Stiles. True, she hasn’t shown that much in the way of range, but I think as she gets older she’ll improve, provided she doesn’t attempt any more accents along the lines of “Mona Lisa Smile.” I also like director Martha Coolidge, who makes her return to campus life for the first time sine the great “Real Genius.” The movie will likely attract couples who have little to no discriminating tastes, couples who just want a Pleasant night out at the movies where they won’t be jerked around too much by anything unfamiliar, couples who rent “Someone Like You” and don’t mind paying the late fees.

And like many PRCGNTOAoPTs, the story concerns two characters at seemingly opposite ends from one another. “The Prince and Me” fits the PRCGNTOAoPT mold of Low Profile Girl Unknowingly Falls For High Profile Guy. And like many LPGUFFHPGs, the girl, Paige Morgan (Stiles) and the guy, Prince Edward Valdemar Dangaard (Mably), start off not liking one another. Paige has just started her Senior year in college and does not want to fall into the trap of falling in love with a guy, forgetting her dreams and marrying him. Across the Atlantic in Denmark, Prince Edward has just decided he doesn’t want to live under the watchful eye of the press.

Along Comes a commercial on TV for a Girls Gone Wild-type video that was filmed in Wisconsin. Inspired, Edward decides to leave his Royal family and embark on a quest for said girls (this, by the way, marks the second film in 6 months where a Euro-lad embarks on this particular quest. Is Wisconsin the new Bangkok?) He enrolls in the same school as Paige and they meet in a bar where she works. He offends her, thinking she will just whip off her top just as they do in the videos. The two end up as lab partners, hating each other at first, but gradually warming up to one another once she realizes he just might be able to help her with her Shakespeare.

Eager to ditch two paparazzi photographers hot on his tail, Prince Edward manages to keep a low profile and his identity under wraps. Once the two become friends, Paige decides to invite him to her parents’ house in rural Wisconsin where he learns how to be a farmboy (wackiness ensues). Eventually, of course, his identity can no longer be concealed. The movie then takes its third act and stretches it out to the point where it has more endings than “Return of the King” and “Something’s Gotta Give” combined. But it all works out in the end.

So, fine. Nothing wrong with that, except that I didn’t hear that much laughter coming from the average American Teenage Citizen audience with whom I sat. Apparently, most of the best moments in “The Prince & Me” can be seen in the trailer and the kiddies had apparently seen the trailer hundreds of times already. Aside from some charming moments from the cast and the fact that a star might be born in Luke Mably, the movie just plays like a Drew Barrymore rom-com greatest hits package.

Movies like this can be frustrating in that one wishes they would either be better or worse. “Just please arouse something in me! Make me sit up and take notice! Make me angry! Just do something!” One likes to come out of a movie remembering something substantial once they bust open the exit doors and throw away their pretzel poppers. That doesn’t happen here. More likely, you’ll walk out staring at the marquees above every other theater door wondering if maybe you should have made a wiser choice. But even that part of the experience won’t stay with you because you’ll soon be back in the springtime air trying to remember where you parked your car. At that point, “The Prince & Me” will feel like a distant dream.

Unless one of these non-dreamlike PRCGNTOAoPTs stars Ashley Judd, they usually go down easily. I guess I just prefer rom-coms to stick out like a douche commercial on The Golf Channel. “The Prince & Me” will crowd-please for the duration of its pleasantly punctual 90-105 minute running time, and that’s all fine and good. One just wishes that the writers in Hollywood would figure out a way to create an original love story instead of just recycling old bits from Pam Dresher/Timothy Dalton movies. But as I said before, it’s March and history has proven the success of this sub-genre at this time of year. The biggest challenge we will get out of this film is how to pronounce LPGUFFHPG.

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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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