Princess Protection Program

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Sweet Disney tale has great messages about friendship.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 52 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Kids who watch will learn some important lessons about believing in yourself and others.

Positive Messages

The movie is bursting with kid- and tween-friendly messages about self-respect, self-confidence, and good character.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both Rosie and Carter are strong role models for tween girls. They learn lessons in friendship and realize the importance of looking past appearance to see who a person really is. The girls' catty nemeses play underhanded tricks to humiliate them in front of their peers (like sabotaging an attempt to hold down a job, for examle), but in the end their shallowness is exposed.

Violence & Scariness

Rosie has to relocate because of a threat against her life, but there's nothing really scary.

Sexy Stuff

Some mild flirting among teens.


Like everything Disney, the movie is being relentlessly marketed to tweens. But there's no product placement of note within the movie itself.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie centers on two exemplary teen heroines who demonstrate that friendship, character, and self-confidence are the keys to true happiness. The content is wholesome and worry-free for families, and the movie's positive messages will resonate with kids and tweens, particularly girls. Two "mean girl" characters play tricks on the main characters, but in the end they're exposed as the self-absorbed people that they are.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycatapault August 11, 2011

A little too sassy

My seven year old has seen this several times. It is definitely free of sex, drinking, drugs, etc. The message is pretty good about giving people a fair chanc... Continue reading
Adult Written byHannah Murciano November 22, 2020
Teen, 17 years old Written byGuardgirl70706 March 3, 2021

Really cute

It’s a fun movie about friendship.
Teen, 13 years old Written byridhusrd December 6, 2020

Good Movie for teens, tweens, and kids.

The movie is wonderful! It has marvellous morals which every tween and teen shall acknowledge.
⚫Great messages and role models-
1. Friendship- True friends are... Continue reading

What's the story?

Princess Rosalinda Marie Montoya Fiore (Demi Lovato) is one month away from her coronation as queen of her tiny island nation of Costa Luna when a political rival plots a takeover and threatens her life. Fortunately she's being watched out for by the top-secret Princess Protection Program, and special agent Joe Mason (Tom Verica) is able to whisk her away to the safety and anonymity of his home in rural Louisiana until the situation can be resolved. But Rosalinda's new living situation is fraught with perils of its own -- like Joe's daughter, Carter (Selena Gomez), who takes offense at playing hostess to the princess-in-hiding. Rosalinda (now under the alias "Rosie") certainly has a lot to learn about average teenage life, but the more she and Carter get to know each other, the more each realizes she has a lot to teach the other about true friendship and inner beauty.

Is it any good?

Leave it to Disney to improve upon the classic princess story with this charming tale that features not one but two admirable young heroines. (Gomez and Lovato complement each other so well that it's impossible to say whether one steals the show from the other.) The movie outdoes itself with positive content about integrity, friendship, and the true nature of inner beauty. PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGRAM is a relatable modern-day fairy tale for tween girls learning to traverse the social minefield of peer relations.

In a surprising twist, the story skips the romantic subplot typical of many princess tales and opts instead for empowering messages of self-reliance for its young female viewers. Although much of the content revolves around a homecoming dance, the girls dismiss the popular guys' shallow attempts at getting their attention in favor of spending time with their true friends. Need more reasons to tune in? The movie is unencumbered by those pesky product tie-ins that plague many of its peers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the story’s themes of friendship and self-acceptance. How did Rosie and Carter help each other? How did their friendship evolve?

  • How was the girls' relationship impacted by each one’s instinct to judge the other based on appearance? Have you ever pre-judged someone incorrectly? How did you feel afterward?

  • Do you agree with the movie’s messages about inner beauty? Who in your life do you consider to have inner beauty? What do you admire about them?

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