Princess Protection Program

  • Review Date: June 18, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sweet Disney tale has great messages about friendship.
  • Review Date: June 18, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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) and 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 26, 2009
DVD release date:June 30, 2009
Cast:Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Tom Verica
Director:Allison Liddi-Brown
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Princesses and fairies
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 8 years old August 1, 2010
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6
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Good movie

I think the movie tells about true friendship.Plus making it princess related makes it fun!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written bycatapault August 11, 2011
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10
QUALITY
 

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 chance and concentrating on inner not outer beauty. My main issue (as with all Disney tween/teen shows) is the sassy attitude of the character "Carter". I do not want my 7 year old to act like a spoiled brat teenager. I really hate that there is so much of this in Disney shows aimed towards the tweens. I work hard to get my daughter to treat me with respect and I definitely don't need a Disney movie to work against me.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old April 10, 2010
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7
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Amazing, Spectacular

Rosy is a definite role model. She is not a stuck up princess and she teaches Carder not to push people away just because they care how they look. She made Carder a princess and not just bait girl, Rosy opened the eyes of everyone around her. Amazing, Spectacular
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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