A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Polonious and Laertes (get the Hamlet reference?) are plotting to destroy Belavia's nature preserve, which makes them traitors to the king. For some viewers, the portrayal of Laertes as the political villain might seem like ethnic stereotyping. Scott tries to use slander about his former relationship with Queen Paige as tabloid fodder. Queen Paige tries very hard to be smart, but she is the only female in the movie, which makes it even more of an uphill battle.
Violence & Scariness
Sword fighting and snowmobile chases. Nothing graphic, except a punch in the nose when Eddie gets mad at Scott for making a pass at his wife.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Long kisses in public places and insinuation of more on their honeymoon. Nothing shown, but they are excited to be in their honeymoon suite.
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Products & Purchases
The kingly life has kingly trappings. Private jets, lovely china, a palace. Funny then that Queen Paige's outfits look cheap compared to Eddie's cashmere coat.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
After having a fight, Eddie exclaims that he needs a drink. He goes to the bar, has a beer (which Laertes has drugged), begins slurring his words, and falls face-down on the floor, as if drunk. The couple shares champagne.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know this straight-to-DVD fluffy fairy tale has some very long kisses in very public places that feel more prescriptive than romantic. Girls who are prone to believe in fairy tale endings might be swayed by the gallant young king, but Queen Paige is not played as the smart young woman she's supposed to be. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, what really subverts this fairy tale is the poor performance of Kam Heskin as Queen Paige. Paige is supposed to be a medical student seeking residency in a hospital. Lines like, "I thought I was doing pretty good for a farm girl from Wisconsin," are delivered without a hint of irony. This queen seems more conscious of her golden tresses than what lies beneath their roots. On the other hand, King Edvard does most of the work as an earnest, well-bred royal who wants to save the bobcats and the mountain rams that live under his stewardship. Together, theirs is a lopsided, ultimately unrealistic couple, who can't quite pull off the fairy tale ending.
Shot in Bulgaria, the local dances and customs do lend credence to the faraway-land feel of Belavia. And the ski and snowboard scenes are pretty lifelike. But the snowmobile chase scene features a stunt man with bright yellow hair-- a laughable stand-in for King Edvard. Ultimately, fairy tale fans can do much better than this disappointing romantic DVD.
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