A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Princess Switch: Switched Again is a sequel to 2018's The Princess Switch and stars Vanessa Hudgens in three different roles, all of them royalty. It has positive messages about true love and inherited responsibilities, but some parents may be turned off by the princess theme and the suggestion that ultimate happiness for an average American is marrying into royalty. The film also normalizes living with extreme wealth, though the characters are portrayed as regular people with regular relationship and confidence problems. That said, in one scene the queen's consort convinces her boyfriend that he's not an appropriate match for her because he's just "a baker from Chicago." The villains are exaggerated for humor, though they do drug and kidnap a princess. Nobody is seriously injured in her escape. The heroic characters are all portrayed as compassionate and well-meaning people who are quite innocent at heart. Expect mild innuendo and kissing between married or soon-to-be-married couples. Adults drink champagne and wine at parties. Language includes "sucked" and "hell."
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What's the story?
Lady Margaret (Vanessa Hudgens) is on the cusp of being crowned queen in THE PRINCESS SWITCH: SWITCHED AGAIN, but she's unsure of her readiness for the job. Meanwhile, her ex-boyfriend Kevin (Nick Sagar) has not RSVP'd to her coronation. Margaret's friend -- and lookalike -- Stacy de Novo (also Hudgens) hatches a plot to get Kevin to the ceremony and for the two women to switch places (again, like they did in the original Princess Switch film) in order for Margaret to have a day alone with Kevin and determine her true feelings. The plot is complicated, however, when Margaret's cousin, Fiona (Hudgens again), who also happens to look exactly like the other two women, arranges to have Margaret kidnapped so she can be crowned queen and pilfer the royal bank accounts. Little does Fiona know that she's kidnapped Stacy instead. Will the right queen -- and true love -- reign?
Is it any good?
The Princess Switch: Switched Again is silly and predictable, which is likely just what its target audience wants and expects. It's also the queen of star vehicles, with Hudgens featuring in no less than three key roles, appearing in nearly every scene. It's entirely possible viewers won't remember anyone besides Hudgens having acted in this film, especially the bland and subservient husband characters. Hudgens does a solid enough job juggling the three roles and trying her best to give them different personalities, but besides the accent, two of them seem more or less the same. It's as the destitute and unscrupulous playgirl cousin Fiona that Hudgens really comes alive. The actress may have come to fame as the shy, smart girl from the High School Musical franchise, but this movie suggests Hudgens has a future in much more vivacious roles.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the idea of royalty, as depicted in The Princess Switch: Switched Again. What do you know about monarchies and how the crown is passed down between generations? Which modern-day countries have monarchies?
If you were to look at a map of the world, where would you guess the fictional countries of Belgravia and Montenaro might be located, based on clues from the film?
If you could swap lives with someone for a day, who would you switch with? Why?
Why are stories about princesses and royalty so popular?
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