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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this sequel to Netflix's A Christmas Prince takes up where commoner Amber and King Richard left off, engaged and ready to tie the knot. This is clearly designed to be a feel-good Christmas fairy tale. Horse-drawn carriages through snowy lanes carry privileged royals off to find the perfect Christmas tree in the forest, and evils are easily overcome, solely through pluck and determination. The tone vacillates from childish humor targeting a younger audience of prince- and princess-lovers to more sophisticated talk of financial fraud, a subject that may leave princess-lovers fast-forwarding. Language includes "hell" and "damn," and an adult couple kisses. Gay stereotyping -- an overblown, self-obsessed wedding planner wears glittery, flowing outfits and an impossible pompadour. Adults drink alcohol in a pub.
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What's the story?
Amber (Rose McIver) met the prince of her dreams in A Christmas Prince and now she's tying the knot in the sequel, A CHRISTMAS PRINCE: THE ROYAL WEDDING. But she and her Brooklyn diner-owning dad, Rudy (John Guerrasio) face bumps in the road when they arrive in Aldovia for the big day. Protocol chief Mrs. Averill (Sarah Douglas) wants Amber to stop blogging, to stop being so darned outgoing and pro-active, and to follow the many exacting and restrictive rules that joining the royal family requires. Amber is affronted but for the most part gives in in order to make things easier for her Richard (Ben Lamb), now the king. Finally, unwilling to erase her personality in order to conform to the royal regulations of conduct and comportment, she takes action to help her newly-adopted country. Having done the accounting for her dad's restaurant, she suspects something is wrong with Aldovia's books when Richard's plan to financially revitalize the small European country leaves his people jobless, broke, and on strike. With the help of Richard's little sister, Emily (Honor Kneafsey), a practiced computer hacker, she's able to expose the shady dealings of a lesser royal, who has been pretending to shore up Aldovia's economy while siphoning all the money for himself. Richard regains the money and distributes Christmas bonuses to every one of his royal subjects, and Amber gets the protocol masters to lighten up and let her throw a less stuffy, fun wedding.
Is it any good?
The tweens who love princesses and weddings will appreciate the wholesome holiday cheer here. The airy romance is sometimes at odds with a plot that goes into a little too much detail about financial fraud for a lightweight holiday tale. Still, it's frothy fun for those who are here for the storybook setting, beautiful costumes, and festive wedding preparations. Viewers who focus on the upbeat love-conquers-all message will find much to enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about when it's good to follow rules and when it might be good to break them. Why do you think Amber finally says no to the fancy dress, shoes, and food during the wedding planning?
How does the movie suggest that you can't always tell the good guys from the bad guys?
How does the movie convey the message that love is the most important thing? Do you agree?
What's your favorite holiday movie? How does this one compare? Why are there so many romances set during the holidays?
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