What You Need To Know:
THE PRINCE & ME has a moral worldview, where Prince Edward becomes more mature and begins to honor his father and mother as he should. This positive content is spoiled by some feminist, humanist, and politically correct elements in the story. This movie also contains brief foul language and a scene where the Prince and Paige start to make love in a secluded area at the college library but are interrupted. THE PRINCE & ME has some funny and heartwarming moments, however, though it’s not a four-star movie.
(B, Fe, H, PC, C, Acap, LL, V, S, N, A, D, M) Moral worldview about a more mature woman civilizing a man and about properly honoring one’s father and mother, but spoiled by some feminist, humanist, and politically correct elements, with a coronation in Christian church with Protestant minister, and family farmer makes anti-capitalist comment about large corporate farms, but later on in story a government body gets business and labor interests to compromise and taxes are cut; seven mostly light obscenities, one strong profanity, and three light profanities; some light violent moments, done in a comical fashion, including young men race lawnmowers around a track where a couple racers are knocked over, etc.; passionate kissing, and couple are interrupted when young woman takes off guy’s shirt and he starts to take off her top; upper male nudity and TV commercial advertises topless women, but breasts are deliberately obscured; alcohol use; smoking; and, young man makes rude comment to young woman (both are over 21), rich young man is a playboy, and drag racing on European roads.
GENRE: Romantic Comedy
The PG rating for THE PRINCE & ME may indicate to many people that this movie aims to attract pre-adolescent girls, like THE PRINCESS DIARIES, but the movie is more appropriate for teenagers and young adults. The heroine, for example (played by the very appealing and talented Julia Stiles), is a serious-minded college senior intending to go to medical school. Thus, there are mature themes that occur in the romantic relationship between her and the prince in the title.
Miss Stiles plays Paige Morgan, a farm girl at the University of Wisconsin who’s trying to get into a high-level medical school. Paige concentrates on finishing her undergrad studies, while, on the other side of the Atlantic, Prince Edward of Denmark concentrates on living out his playboy fantasies. This causes conflict with his parents, the king and queen, because, in Denmark, the head of the royal family has an equal role with the prime minister and parliament in making national policy. In other words, Prince Edward better grow up or the country could be in danger.
Chafing under his parents’ disapproval, Prince Edward decides to go to school at the University of Wisconsin because he’s seen a TV video which says that the girls there are willing to bare their breasts at the drop of a hat. His parents, however, don’t know about his prurient interests, so they allow him to transfer there, thinking that perhaps their son will finally grow up. They order Edward’s personal assistant, the stuffy and sarcastic Soren, to accompany the Prince to America.
Naturally, once in Wisconsin, Prince Edward runs into Paige, and, after a series of typical romantic comedy clashes, they fall in love, much to their surprise. The question is, will Paige give up her medical career for the fishbowl existence of Denmark’s royal family?
THE PRINCE & ME has a moral worldview, where Prince Edward becomes more mature and begins to honor his father and mother as he should. This positive content is spoiled by some humanist and politically correct elements in the story. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the movie’s conclusion also proposes the feminist notion that career is just as important as one’s family and one’s personal or romantic relationships. This movie also contains brief foul language and a scene where the Prince and Paige start to make love in a secluded area at the college library but are interrupted. Thus, it is not as family friendly as its title and PG rating might suggest.
THE PRINCE & ME has its funny and heartwarming moments, though it’s not as good as last year’s four-star WHAT A GIRL WANTS or THE PRINCESS DIARIES, a MOVIEGUIDE® Award-winning family movie about a modern-day princess. The movie’s ending in particular could have used some extra work.