The Prince & Me 4: The Elephant Adventure
By Andrea Beach,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
More action, exotic adventure can't lift so-so sequel.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
True love wins in the end, and good triumphs over evil. Negative stereotypes mildly reinforced: that third world countries are dangerous, that people eat yucky bugs, that developing nations need Western help to save their people. Edvard jokes about not being able to control Paige but also says he doesn't want to, and Soren says, "Nor should you."
Positive Role Models
Large, diverse cast represents a made-up Asian country, ranges from a king sticking to the old ways, palace insiders, the military, a villain, and a remote tribe of good people being oppressed. Paige at first continues to practice medicine while being queen of Denmark, but later when she meets the increasingly ill villagers, she's not shown helping in any concrete way or coming up with a diagnosis. She's a good model for wanting to solve the problem she (unwittingly) helped create. Rayen is a great model of a strong, independent woman who goes against gender stereotypes and excels in skills and knowledge. Edvard is determined to use diplomacy to help the poor and sick, but at first he mostly seems to just be along for the ride.
Violence & Scariness
Villain grabs his fiancée roughly several times and uses verbal hostility. Several fights with punching, kicking, some martial-arts style with machetes. Bad guys brandish and threaten with guns. Main characters in danger being chased by bad guys, fighting in a dark cave, and being tied up and gagged. One fight with thick bamboo sticks is a contest to settle a dispute. Many hits with the sticks are shown but no one suffers real injury, and some of it is played for comedy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of kissing, some of them long and briefly shown deepening. Edvard and Paige kiss and caress while slow dancing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A bottle of champagne upside down in an ice bucket implies Edvard and Paige have had the whole bottle at an anniversary dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Prince & Me 4: The Elephant Adventure picks up the straight-to-DVD fairy tale when Edvard and Paige are celebrating their first anniversary. This installment has action and adventure combining with the romance. There are fight scenes, punching, kicking, and verbal hostility. There's some scariness when the main characters are being chased by bad guys with guns, when they're kidnapped, and during a fight in a dark cave. It's implied that a couple drinks a bottle of champagne at dinner. There's lots of kissing between Edvard and Paige, but another strong romantic element involves an upcoming arranged marriage and a princess in love with a stable boy. The setting in a made-up Asian country allows for a large, diverse cast that includes a strong, tough woman, Rayen, who defies gender stereotypes by being tough, savvy, a good fighter, and highly educated. Best for tween fans of the series ready for more action and less sigh-worthy romance.
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What's the Story?
In THE PRINCE & ME 4: THE ELEPHANT ADVENTURE, Edvard (Chris Geere) and Paige (Kam Heskin) are celebrating their first anniversary as they're off to the wedding of Princess Myra of the fictional kingdom of Sangyoon. When they get there, it's immediately clear that Myra (Ase Wang) is desperately unhappy with the arranged marriage to the bullying, ambitious Kah (Way Prinya). What's more, a beloved elephant vital to the wedding ceremony has disappeared. Can Edvard and Paige find the elephant, bring it back to the palace, prevent a disastrous marriage, and bring aid to the people of Sangyoon?
Is It Any Good?
Fans of Paige and Edvard may enjoy their continuing adventures, but tweens looking for sigh-worthy romance mixed with excitement and adventure will find this movie falls short. In The Prince & Me 4: The Elephant Adventure, the acting's uneven and the characters seem more like types than real people we're getting to know. The exotic, although made-up, location is a refreshing change, and it's nice to see a more diverse cast, especially the savvy Rayen, who knows how to take care of the bad guys when the going gets tough. But there are some negative stereotypes about the locals and the white-savior implication that a Western country needs to come to their aid. If you're really hooked on this series, by all means give this one a shot, but if you're looking for a quality family popcorn movie, keep looking.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the violence in The Prince & Me 4: The Elephant Adventure. Is it realistic? Does it add to the excitement? How much is OK to show?
Why do you think romances, especially ones about royalty, are so popular? What do we love about them?
Have you seen the other movies in this series? Which one did you like best?
- On DVD or streaming: March 23, 2010
- Cast: Kam Heskin, Chris Geere, Jonathan Firth
- Director: Catherine Cyran
- Studio: Millennium Films
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Fairy Tales
- Run time: 93 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: Mild threatening action
- Last updated: June 1, 2023
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