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What 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?
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