The Prince and Me



Good acting saves unoriginal Cinderella story.
  • Review Date: August 1, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

What parents need to know


An ailing parent.


Some passionate kissing and sexual references including "Girls Gone Wild" video, mild gay joke.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, scenes in bar, drinking game.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some mild language and some passionate kissing and sexual references. The prince comes to America because he sees a commercial for the "Girls Gone Wild" videos and thinks that in the US girls all take their tops off for anyone who asks. There is an interrupted encounter that the couple might have intended to become more intimate, but there is no implication that Eddie and Paige go to bed together. There is a mild gay joke when characters do not understand the relationship between Eddie and the aide his family has sent to watch over him. There are scenes in a bar and characters drink, including a drinking game.

What's the story?

THE PRINCE AND ME stars Julia Stiles as Paige Morgan, a serious and hard-working pre-med college student who has her whole life literally mapped out. She has a map of the world with pins showing all of the places she wants to visit after she completes her medical training and joins Doctors Without Borders. Luke Mably plays Edvard, the heir to the Danish crown. His life is also planned for him, but he is not the one who made the plans. He wants to postpone the inevitable by having as much fun as possible before he has to take on the responsibilities of the life he was born to. He secretly enrolls in college in Wisconsin, incognito as \"Eddie,\" a foreign exchange student. Once he meets Paige, Edvard learns what it is like to have to earn respect and affection -- and money -- and Paige learns what it is like to listen to her heart and use her imagination. They each get to explore the other's family and culture. He races a souped-up riding lawnmower in Wisconsin farm country and she stays in a castle and goes to a ball. But falling in love is easy; finding a way to make their dreams and responsibilities fit together is not.

Is it any good?


The title says it all. This is a classic Cinderella story about a hardworking girl from the Wisconsin dairy farm who wants to go to medical school but falls for a handsome and charming foreign exchange student who happens to be a prince in disguise. Does the course of true love run smooth? Not at first. Do they live happily ever after? What do you think?

Director Martha Coolidge has a sensitive touch in dealing with young female characters. She and Stiles do their best to make Paige more than the typical romantic comedy heroine. Mably shows some ease and charm as Eddie, who describes that other Danish prince, Hamlet, as though he is talking about himself: "The prince was young and scared and didn't feel ready for the choices he had to make." All of that helps to make up for a weak script that is too often too silly and too seldom original. By the time we have to sit through a scene of Paige trying on all the Crown jewels, they have long since run out of ideas.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what Eddie and Paige saw in each other and what challenges lie ahead of them. What would be the best thing about being a prince? What would be the worst? What made Eddie's mother change her mind? How do the costumes and uniforms Eddie and Paige wear help tell the story? Families might also want to talk about the way Eddie approaches the labor dispute. Why was it so hard to resolve? What do Paige's and Eddie's mothers have in common?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 2, 2004
DVD release date:August 10, 2004
Cast:Ben Miller, Julia Stiles, Luke Mably
Director:Martha Coolidge
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Topics:Princesses and fairies
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some sex-related material and language

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Adult Written byTealady April 9, 2008

Crude, didn't watch the whole thing

Just seeing the commercial in the background of the movie showing censored versions of girls taking off their tops was enough for me to not let my daughters watch it. It may have turned out where the prince had a change of heart, but to wade through the visual and auditory things in the beginning was not worth the rest of the movie to me.
Adult Written byjuliebookoch January 8, 2009

Not a PG movie. PG-13

My 13 year old daughter and I sat down to watch. First, drinking beer and shots while one girl talked about having sex with a 45 year old man over the summer. Next, Girl's Gone Wild clips. I stopped the movie. The rest might have been cute or fun, but I was very disappointed with what I had just exposed my daughter to thinking it would be a cute movie. We did not watch the rest. Be careful. I would watch before showing to my teen.
Kid, 10 years old May 26, 2009
I have to say, there was a LOT of passionate kissing. Also, Eddy asked a Paige to take off her shirt in a bar and that he likes crazy college girls.
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