PRINCESS SWITCH 2 Has Excellent Christian Values for the Whole Family
By Movieguide® Staff
Editor’s note: This is a portion of our review for THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN. For the full review, click here.
In THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN, Stacy tries to help her friend, Kevin, get back together with Margaret, who’s about to be crowned Queen of Montenaro, but Margaret’s greedy, conniving cousin, Fiona, throws a monkey wrench into Stacy’s plans. Streaming on Netflix, THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN takes a while to get started, but the movie’s second half is funny, with some good jeopardy, and has an uplifting ending with strong, overt Christian, biblical elements.
The movie opens with Stacy briefly explaining that Margaret, the Duchess of Montenaro, is about to be crowned Queen because the King has died, and her closest male relative has decided he doesn’t want the job. Stacy is actually Margaret’s double, and, in the first movie they had switched places, and Stacy fell in love with Prince Edward of Belgravia, and they married. Meanwhile, Stacy’s widowed friend, Kevin, had fallen for Duchess Margaret.
As the sequel opens, however, it’s been six months since Kevin and Margaret had split up, much to the chagrin of Kevin’s daughter, Olivia. Now, Margaret is about to be crowned Queen of Montenaro because the king has died, and she’s the next one in line for the throne. Kevin thought he had declined Margaret’s invitation to attend the coronation ceremony, but Olivia made sure his RSVP didn’t get mailed.
Olivia and Stacy urge Kevin to attend the coronation ceremony on Christmas Day and try to work things out with Margaret. If you don’t try, you’ll regret it, Stacy points out to Kevin, so he reluctantly agrees.
Once in Montenaro, however, it proves difficult for Kevin and Margaret to get together. Also, Tony, Margaret’s financial advisor for the country’s finances, keeps intruding, because it’s clear he’s also interested in Margaret.
Stacy convinces Margaret to switch places again for one short day so that Margaret can have some alone time with Kevin to work out their differences. However, Margaret’s snarky, conniving blonde cousin, Fiona, throws a monkey wrench into that plan. Fiona’s actions result in some unexpected complications that even impact Stacy’s marriage to Prince Edward.
Of course, the switched identities plot of SWITCHED AGAIN is pretty improbable, but that’s okay, because viewers aren’t supposed to take it seriously anyway. They’re meant to have fun with the plot. That said, the movie takes a bit to get started. The real jeopardy doesn’t kick in until Stacy and Margaret switch places, and Margaret’s cousin, Fiona, decides to kidnap Margaret so she can steal some of the country’s money and hightail it to an extradition-free country in tropical climes with her two best friends. Once this happens, however, the movie kicks the comedy and jeopardy up a couple notches. As a result, the movie’s second half is funny and suspenseful, with a couple twists that increase the stakes.
Even better, the second half contains some overt Christian, biblical references. For example, the coronation ceremony is supposed to take place in the big Christian cathedral in the capitol, complete with church trappings and priests. Here, the movie reflects the traditional Christian concept of monarchy throughout history, where the King or Queen rules only under the authority of God, and where the King or Queen are considered servants of the people rather than vice versa. This part of the movie is very inspiring and well done. Also, a priest performs a quick marriage ceremony in the movie’s second half and makes a direct reference to what Jesus says about marriage in Chapter 19 of Matthew. The movie also takes place during Christmas time. It includes a couple great lines from the wonderful Christmas carol, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” referring to Jesus Christ as our Savior.
All and all, therefore, THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN is an excellent, entertaining representation of Christian, biblical values for families during Christmas season.