A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People make mistakes and can learn from them. Keeping secrets can often backfire. Sometimes not being accepted into an "in" crowd can mean learning more about yourself as a person. Social media can be used to misrepresent and hurt others.
Positive Role Models
Royal teens have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. Teens don't always treat each other kindly, and they film and share embarrassing videos of each other, but mostly they value their friends. One teen is ostracized but makes the best of it and offers friendship to another girl. The prince is vulnerable and honest; his twin sister is scheming, suspicious of everyone, condescending. A teen girl shames another for actually eating at a barbecue (none of the other girls are eating, only drinking).
Shot in Norway and in Norwegian. The friend group at the school has a couple of characters of color. The queen of the country is said to suffer anxiety under the weight of her responsibilities and public role.
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Violence & Scariness
A teenager gets punched by another girl and has flashbacks to being attacked by several girls, her phone smashed with a rock. A girl pulls a tick out of a boy's skin. A character has a health scare and is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery; she's fine later.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens kiss. In a video shared online, a couple appears to be about to have sex. Another couple has their tops off in bed but the boy stops the girl from going further because he says he doesn't want to get her pregnant. A girl is topless in a picture but covers her nipples.
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Uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "ass," as well as "damn," "hell," "bitch," "piss," "sucked," "screw it," "whore," "weird," "brat," "pooped," "idiot." "Jesus" and "oh my God" used as exclamations. Reviewed in the original Norwegian with English subtitles.
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Products & Purchases
Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, YouTube, BMW, Vespa, M.A.C., Polo, Mercedes-Benz, Calvin Klein.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens partake in regular casual drinking and cannabis smoking, sometimes to excess (one girl passes out and later vomits). Talk of getting "s--tfaced," blacking out, cocaine. A girl has flashbacks to a wild party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the teens in book-based Norwegian romance Royalteen swear, party, and make out. A girl is swept off her feet by a charming and gentle prince, whose sister and mother are suspicious and condescending. Two teens come close to having sex, but the boy stops things, and another couple also appears close to having sex in a video shared online. There are references to teen pregnancy. Teens also partake in regular casual drinking and cannabis smoking, sometimes to excess (one girl passes out and later vomits). There's talk of getting "s--tfaced," blacking out, and cocaine. A girl has flashbacks to a wild party. Language in the English subtitles includes uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "ass," as well as "damn," "hell," "bitch," "piss," "sucked," "screw it," "whore," and more. A teen girl shames another for actually eating at a barbecue (none of the other girls are eating, only drinking). The film offers lessons about owning up to past mistakes and treating others with kindness, in person as well as online. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This romance capitalizes on audience fascination for both royalty and teenagers, but it does so in a slightly more authentic way than a lot of current teen-targeted fare. The natural, vulnerable lead performances from Hoysaeter Asserson and Storhoi and the Norwegian setting make Royalteen a watchable romantic drama despite its formulaic -- regular girl meets prince -- tale, based on the first book in a popular Norwegian series. Royal-watchers might look for parallels with the real-life Norwegian monarchy.
The film also offers a take on defining privacy and overcoming past mistakes for a generation raised online. Hoysaeter Asserson is especially convincing as Lena, a young woman with a past she's ashamed of and a middle-class family with mixed feelings about the monarchy. Most of the characters feel closer to believable bounds of behavior and attitudes than in many teen movies today. The ending is questionable and feels a little rushed by comparison, but it does leave the door open to a sequel.
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