A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Christmas with a Prince (not to be confused with A Christmas Prince) is a 2018 paint-by-the-numbers holiday movie that combines aspects of numerous favorite stereotyped fantasies: about relations between commoners and royals, about people who don't like each other until they fall in love, and about the privileged and spoiled learning kindness, decency, and generosity. Rich royals are mean to a woman they claim doesn't belong in their set. A prince kisses his doctor. Language includes, "damn," "dreck," and "doody." The Christmas action takes place mostly against a pediatric cancer ward backdrop. There's nothing here to offend, scare, or trouble any viewers, but don't look for anything extraordinary.
What's the story?
In CHRISTMAS WITH A PRINCE, Tash (Kaitlyn Leeb) is a wildly attractive pediatric oncologist running a hospital ward. She and her nurse brother Jeff (Josh Dean) went to boarding school years back with Prince Alexander (Nick Hounslow). When the prince, with a reputation as an irresponsible, charming playboy, injures his leg skiing, he asks Jeff if he can convalesce hidden in Tash's pediatric ward to avoid publicity, even though Alexander has already posted his accident on social media. As a teen, Tash had asked Alexander out and he refused her. She harbors a crush, but also anger and resentment, and doesn't want the spoiled royal taking up space in her children's ward. This of course leads to romance. Self-absorbed Alexander learns to be generous to the kids. He begins to learn compassion, which impresses Tash and his father, the king (Charles Shaughnessy). Tash's resentment falls away but now she must cope with Alexander's snooty friends and social set. Can they find a way to make it work? Stay tuned.
Is it any good?
Like the rest of an entire genre of Christmas movies focused on commoners finding holiday love with royalty, Christmas with a Prince is a simple-minded, holiday-themed romance. Chief among its traits is an utter obliviousness to anything resembling real life, but nonjudgmental tweens who enjoy this kind of thing may find it enjoyable. The acting is pedestrian, and one has a sense that casting was more about finding people with great teeth than with artistic skill.
Plot-wise, it will sound like quibbling to mention that if Alexander truly wanted a private convalescence surely his daddy the king could've had him helicoptered to their castle, or at least some posh private facility. Finally, where does this take place? Is Alex a prince in one country, having a ski accident in another? Accents range from American to Canadian to Russian to English, confusing us further. Reality just doesn't enter into this picture. Even the cancer ward for sick kids provides only the joys of children on Christmas and none of the pain one might expect from such a setting.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this movie seems like a fairy tale. What are the fairy tale clichés used here?
Does this movie express sentiments that we like to think about during holiday time? What are some of those sentiments?
Why is it sometimes fun to watch movies that oversimplify the problems of life?
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