A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Helping others is important. Christmas is about more than just a gesture. Christmas wishes really do come true. Keep calm and carry on.
Positive Role Models
Stacey is organized, hard-working, caring but not spontaneous enough. Margaret is spontaneous, decent but not interested in limelight. Edward is kind and responsible, needs to develop his playful side. Kevin is loyal, adventurous, supportive.
Violence & Scariness
A man falls off a balcony into the soft snow below. A nasty rival deliberately spills coffee on Stacey's apron, cuts the cord on her electric mixer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Princess Switch is a feel-good Christmas-themed movie starring Vanessa Hudgens that parents and tweens will enjoy watching together. This one will be familiar to anyone who's seen a version of The Prince and the Pauper, in which a prince swaps places with an identical-looking commoner, and/or Roman Holiday, in which a princess plays hooky from her royal duties to enjoy a few days as a regular girl. Iffy content is minimal: A couple kisses under the mistletoe, a man falls off a balcony into the soft snow below, and a nasty rival deliberately spills coffee on a main character and cuts the cord on her electric mixer. Themes focus on the importance of helping others and on Christmas being more than just a gesture. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Princess Switch is frothy fun for families looking for escapist holiday fare. It's harmless entertainment in the mold of a Hallmark Channel movie. Its theme could be printed inside a greeting card: One's title is far less important than who one is. Its other similarly simplistic message is that people spark romantically to different qualities and characteristics. Stacey's executive personality feels unspontaneous and rigid to her friend Kevin, while it seems take-charge and caring to Edward. Kevin has never felt attracted to his high school friend Stacey but falls madly for the identical-looking Margaret because she seems more free-spirited and adventurous. So, yes, it takes all kinds.
Do we know where the movie is going at all times? Of course. But princess appreciators of all ages won't mind the predictable twists and turns, and will enjoy settling in for a cozy viewing sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
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