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Parents need to know that A Christmas Prince is a holiday fairy tale with a picturesque mythical mountain kingdom, Christmas violins, a shimmering castle ball, and horses prancing through the snow. A smart and beautiful but mildly dishonest heroine and a handsome prince complete the picture. It's a familiar story, but it has enough charm and even a few twists to add a little bit of suspense. Other than a brief moment with a menacing wolf and a fall from a horse, there's no jeopardy and no real suspense. The movie is filled with wholesome messages about staying true to yourself and listening to your heart. Fine holiday viewing for fans who like their happy endings just around the palace corner.
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In A CHRISTMAS PRINCE, the European kingdom of Aldovia, still mourning the death of its beloved king, is expecting an important decision from their young heir-in-waiting. Will Prince Richard (Ben Lamb) assume his father's throne, or will he choose to remain the playboy and ne'er-do-well he seems to be? Richard's decision is to be announced at the annual Christmas Eve ball. Amber (Rose McIver), a fledgling American magazine journalist who has never covered such an event on her own, is overjoyed when she's assigned the Aldovian story. Unfortunately, when Amber arrives at the palace, she learns that reporters have been banned from the proceedings. Only a chance case of mistaken identity gets Amber into the family's chambers. Substituting a little deceit for honesty, Amber takes advantage of the housekeeper's assumption that she is the new tutor to Richard's little sister, Princess Emily (Honor Kneafsky). Very quickly, Richard and Amber connect, but are wary of one another. But they soon find much in common, especially their concern for Emily, who is wheelchair-bound. It takes an old girlfriend, a scheming would-be successor to the throne, and Richard's discovery that Amber isn't exactly who she says she is, to complicate the story before bringing it to its anticipated conclusion.
Is it any good?
If a fairy tale about a modern-day handsome prince, a beautiful and smart young woman, a magnificent kingdom in the snow, and an elegant, grand ball is on your Christmas list, look no further. Though the outcome is certain in A Christmas Prince, the journey is fun and even has some unexpected, though convenient, surprises. Despite the film being released directly to DVD and streaming, the filmmakers have made a sumptuous movie with gorgeous sets, costumes, and cinematography, and lovely holiday music. Then they've filled it with attractive people who learn a lot about staying true to their dreams and taking risks to make them come true, even if they have to be a little dishonest to make it happen. Pleasant holiday fare, especially for lovers of homespun romance set in the palatial accommodations of the very rich.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what defines a fairy tale. How does A Christmas Prince fit into the fairy tale genre? What emotions do such stories invoke?
How are the themes of taking risks and being true to oneself addressed in this movie?
What, if any, consequences did Amber pay for her dishonesty? If the young reporter hadn't taken advantage of the housekeeper's mistake, would there have been any story to tell? Why is this kind of dishonest behavior OK in a story but not in real life?
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