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Total Crap: 7.35%

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Prince & Me, The
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by Lybarger

"A Royal Letdown"
2 stars

If your idea of a fine escape from reality is two hours of being sedated almost to the point of unconsciousness, then The Prince & Me is grand entertainment. Considering what director Martha Coolidge has done in the past with romantic comedy, however, the movie can't be viewed as anything other than a royal letdown.

Lacking the style, wit, finesse or heart of Valley Girl or even Out to Sea, The Prince & Me starts predictably and ends jarringly. Denmark's prince Edward (Luke Mably, 28 Days Later) is driving his parents (Edward Fox and Miranda Richardson) up a wall because his skirt chasing and hot rodding have made him fodder for Danish tabloids.

He decides to study at an American college, where he hopes the women will act like they do in a Girls Gone Wild video. The family agrees, hoping his time in exile won't embarrass the rest of them further.

Meanwhile, University of Wisconsin pre-med student Paige Morgan (Julia Stiles) is doggedly trying to juggle her studies and her job as a barmaid. The future sovereign mistakenly assumes that she'll be like one of the girls on the videos and earns a blunt rebuke.

Only in Hollywood would this be the start of a blossoming romance.

If you imagine that Paige will become less stuffy and Edward will finally live up to his royal obligations, you've saved yourself the ticket price. As a friend of mine put it once, you've already seen everything the film has to offer during the trailer, the feature length version's just the director's cut.

Without a little bit of spontaneity, stories like these become dull quickly. In Valley Girl, Coolidge was able to overcome this hurdle by casting two performers (Deborah Foreman and a then unknown Nicolas Cage) who really looked at home in each other's company even if they seemed from very different worlds.

Stiles and Mably look cute but really don't interact all that convincingly, so it's hard to get worked up over their ultimate fate. Ben Miller has some moments as Edward's long-suffering valet. Fox and Richardson emerge with their dignity intact, but don't get much room to work. It's always a tragedy when actors who are that good are stuck on the sidelines.

Valley Girl also benefited enormously from Coolidge's eye for atmosphere and strong sense of style. The world of the Valley and of Hollywood were convincingly different, so the "opposites attract" angle seemed believable, and the very 80s soundtrack was full of fine tunes that were just a little ahead of mainstream radio.

No such luck here. The only good song on the soundtrack is an oldie by The Cars, and Ontario and Prague look a little different from Wisconsin and Copenhagen. Money must have been tight because we really don't get a sense of splendor from seeing Edward's world, and the weather looks a bit too warm for November during the Stateside scenes.

It also stretches suspension of disbelief to hear Danish cabinet meetings conducted entirely in English. If the grosses of The Passion of the Christ are any indication, a few subtitles never hurt anyone.

The convoluted ending doesn't help either. It's sort of like that nasty aftertaste that comes with several low carb beverages. On second thought, it gives The Prince & Me the only flavor it has.

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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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