A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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What's the story?
King Edvard of Denmark (Chris Geere) has some pressing head-of-state matters to contend with. His Prime Minister (Todd Jensen) is plotting against him, while his wife, Queen Paige (Kam Heskin), is waiting and waiting for their honeymoon to transpire. When the couple absconds to the royal airstrip, they find an array of paparazzi ready to join them in their private Caribbean getaway. At the last minute, King Edvard decides to detour to Belavia, a snowy land under the supposed commonwealth of the Danish monarchy. Upon their arrival, the couple finds themselves in a nature preserve/ski resort, which they soon discover is slated for destruction in the name of an oil pipeline. As they attempt to uncover the plot behind the bulldozers, they find themselves tricked and subverted at every turn.
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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- In theaters: October 6, 2008
- On DVD or streaming: October 24, 2008
- Cast: Chris Geere, Kam Heskin, Todd Jensen
- Director: Catherine Cyran
- Studio: First Look International
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Princesses and fairies
- Run time: 92 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: thematic elements and brief mild language.
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