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The Prince and the Pauper



Slow story for Zack and Cody fans only.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The "grass is always greener" lesson gets learned rather predictably here; bratty movie star gets nice;, wannabe gets a shot at stardom.

Violence & scariness

A boat chase; fake-looking guns are used on a film set; a stunt man gets punched and hit with bottles in what is supposed to be a funny aside post-credits.

Sexy stuff

Prince and Pauper do some mild flirting with and staring at girls.


Parents and parental figures do a lot of yelling, but no bad words are uttered.


The boys play a racing game on the XBox; Hansen's soda shown twice.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Grandpa says once, "What, are you high?"

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD is squarely aimed at tween fans of Suite Life of Zack and Cody stars Dylan and Cole Sprouse. The content is equally mild, with some fake-looking guns on a film set and one short boat-chase scene (though an outtake after the credits shows someone getting punched and hit over the head with bottles). Caregivers of the two boys seem to yell a lot, and a mother is pretty self-absorbed throughout. She also keeps the identity of her son's father a secret until the end, when she happens to run into him.

What's the story?

Tom Canty (Dylan Sprouse) lives alone with his gruff grandpa (Ed Lauter), who recruits him every weekend to help with his landscaping business. He'd rather be in the school's acting group, and shows off his funny voices to classmates to prove it. Look-alike Eddie Tudor (Cole Sprouse) lives in a trailer on a movie set with his bustling producer-mom (Dedee Pfeiffer) and is the big star in the movie franchise Spy Teen. In between takes, he torments everyone with bratty behavior. When Tom sneaks on the set, Eddie invites him to hang out and try on his fancy Spy Teen duds. The resemblance is amazing, and a switcheroo plan is born. Then, without warning, the movie shoot moves an hour away and takes a surprised Tom with them. The two have their work cut out for them to get back to their own families and lives.

Is it any good?


This movie is a very long 92 minutes, especially for anyone not into the Sprouse twins' The Suite Life of Zack and Cody TV show. Both the story and acting are mediocre kid-TV quality, and the pace is like a TV episode in slow motion, with only one boat-chase scene to shake it up.

Too bad they didn't try a little harder, especially since tweens are so celeb-aware/entranced and could take away some more grounded ideas about life as a kid star. Instead, the ideas are lost in a drone of bickering with adults who don't believe the boys when they claim to be someone else. And there's a "guess what, you're his dad" moment tacked on to add a certain something the wasted 92 minutes really could have done without.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about who has it better: child celebs or regular kids. Would you like to spend your day on a movie set away from everyone your own age? Would you miss sports, friends, and hanging out at the movies? Do you think all kid celebs have big heads like Eddie?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 4, 2008
DVD/Streaming release date:February 4, 2008
Cast:Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Kay Panabaker
Director:James Quattrochi
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Book characters
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild thematic elements.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydrake12 March 6, 2009
Kid, 12 years old May 13, 2010

One of the worst movies ever

I think the "Suite Life of Zack and Cody" is ok, but this movie was so boring and stupid. The acting was terrible and the story was lame, but a fan of Zack and Cody will may like it.
Kid, 11 years old July 5, 2012

Good family fun

Based on Mark Twain's "Prince and The Pauper" this is a more modern day version. Fantastic story, and a great one for the entire family to enjoy and not be worried about the content. I'd defiantly recommend it for someone with children, teenagers & even adults who are young at heart.
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