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William & Kate

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Cheesy biopic of royal love story is superficial fun.

Movie NR 2011 87 minutes
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There should be enough here to please fans of the royal couple. The love story between Catherine Middleton and Prince William is often referred to as a fairy tale, but WILLIAM & KATE puts them constantly in each other's lives by such ordinary circumstance that it's hard to see it as very difficult, as if Middleton already had the money and poise to fit right into Prince William's royal life. Still, she's a regular person, and he's a royal, so there's plenty that fascinates in imagining how this relationship got off the ground. Though it's hard to believe some of the details of this love affair -- a particularly bad karaoke performance seems dubious, and Kate being so instantly and intuitively welcomed by Prince Charles does, too -- this is a fun, vicarious, cheesy look at the two's eight-year courtship.

It does raise some interesting questions about how a supposedly ordinary (although, let's be clear, still rich) woman could wed a prince so easily and posits that she played a long game well, waiting it out and enduring a lot of scrutiny to get there. But in the end it stays in the shallow end, and unfortunately we don't get much insight into their real lives or thoughts (how could we?), nor do we have any better sense of the real obstacles the relationship might've faced from the royal family. Instead, think of it as a very unimaginative take on what may have happened but perhaps the closest take we could get outside the tabloids. There's frequent college-appropriate drinking and a little kissing and innuendo, as well as the famous lingerie show, but nothing too steamy for teens. That said, it's probably too boring for younger kids.

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