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The Prince & Me (2004)
Comedy,Romance
USA / English
"Finding your inner princess can be such a royal pain. "
A fairy tale love-story about a pre-med student who falls in love with a Danish Prince who refused to...
Julia Stiles Paige Morgan
Luke Mably Eddie/Prince Edvard
Ben Miller Soren
Miranda Richardson Queen Rosalind
James Fox King Haraald
Alberta Watson Amy Morgan
John Bourgeois Ben Morgan
Zachary Knighton John Morgan
Stephen O'Reilly Mike Morgan (as Steve O'Reilly)
Elisabeth Waterston Beth Curtis
Eliza Bennett Princess Arabella
Devin Ratray Scotty
Clare Preuss Stacey
Yaani King Amanda
Eddie Irvine Himself
Director: Martha Coolidge
Producer: Mark Amin
Writer: Mark Amin,Katherine Fugate
A Very Familiar Story
Roger Ebert actually gave "The Prince and Me" zero stars which seems a little harsh, as it does have a few universally enjoyable scenes and decent performances from almost the entire cast. Unfortunately they are saddled with a somewhat weak and completely predictable screenplay, and a premise that has been used and reused.

Ebert compares it unfavorably with "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton" where the same type of small town girl wins a date with a big Hollywood star, who then falls in love with her freshness and sincerity. She begins to struggle with the tedious real-life demands of what she thought would be a glamorous life. Others compare it to 1954's "The Student Prince" and its 1997 television remake, although not unfavorably as both productions are considered barely competent. I think it is most like "Coming to America", although it does not capture the humor and social commentary of that film. I'm sure that the producers of "The Prince and Me" drew considerable inspiration from the box office popularity of "Coming to America. Unfortunately they failed to follow its example and create a fictional monarchy, choosing instead to subject Denmark to the indignity of this silly story.

The story obviously satisfies some basic yearning in the human psyche, or at least the teenage female psyche. The most interesting thing about "The Prince and Me" is the inspired way they successfully expanded their target audience to include pre-teen girls. By casting Eliza Bennett (with apologies to Jane Austen) as the Princes's adoring little sister, Princess Arabella, they created a nice fantasy for this younger demographic. To her credit, Eliza brings a lot of much needed charm to the production.

The physical casting of the two leads is very good. Julia Stiles does not exude a lot of sensuality but fits the role of a brainy American college student, with ambitions to become a doctor. That Stiles is convincing as a smart and serious young woman helps convince us when Queen (Miranda Richardson) is eventually won over by her prospective daughter-in- law. Their changing relationship is the one plot element that you don't entirely see coming. And Luke Mably fits Americas idea of a young prince, looking much like those Windsor boys. While the pairings of Prince and little sister and of Queen and future Queen work exceptionally well, the Stiles-Mably relationship has no chemistry and seems terribly forced. So one just has to go with it and enjoy the other elements of the film.

Once the story moves to Copenhagen it gets better as they do a good job of presenting the entire experience from the point of view of Paige Morgan (Stiles). With this it actually improves on "Coming to America" and becomes much more like "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton".

This is one of those films where you can see every single plot development from a million miles away. Although that will make very little difference to it's target audience, others will find it makes much of the film a yawn-fest.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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Imdb rating: 5.6
Musician: Jennie Muskett
Running time: 111 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3