When her nation is invaded, a young princess is taken into the Princess Protection Program. She is relocated to Louisiana, where she stays with a covert agent and his tomboyish daughter, and must learn how to behave like an ordinary teenager.
Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
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Every time I watch this movie I always think of Princess diaries cause you've got a girl who is a princess she runs away from her country and befriends a girl named Carter(Selena Gomez) and she learns what its like as an ordinary girl. The plot is easy enough to follow but the ending is a bit of a letdown. I saw it on Disney Channel so many times I think it was a nice film suitable for teenagers who are 12 up.Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez star in this fairytale all about friendship and being royal.The cast is OK Selena Gomez was alright and Demi Lovato was a real princess.The music is average and the whole story is a bit like Cinderella meets princess diaries in a way. If you have any one who loves fairy tales and who likes DCOM's then I suggest that you should see it.I'll give it a 6/10 as it was a decent flick with an OK message.
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As a father, I'm subjected to all kinds of fare, which I realize is not meant for my age demographic. That being said, I try to watch material with an open, yet subjective eye and find the redeeming quality in it.Sadly, the storyline wasn't original and the producers opted to use the recycled formulaic 'fish-out-of-water' plot, ie. girl from (insert nationality, Atlantis, background, culture here) and the difficulties and (although not found here) funny situations they encounter trying to 'blend-in' in a different society. Some movies (Splash and Pretty Woman) did a fairly reasonable job of conveying this successfully.Basically, a princess from make-believe island nation is rescued after a deviant, power-hungry general attempts to overthrow the government before she can become it's future queen. She's swept away to Louisiana and hidden, making an attempt to disguise herself as a typical teenager. Of course, she has a difficult time adapting and letting go of her royal ways... yada yada yada...My nine year-old loves to watch 'The Wizards of Waverly Place' with Selena Gomez, so this movie was a natural choice to rent. We've all had shows we watched growing up and 'Wizards' is innocent enough and actually isn't as insulting to the I.Q. as some of the things I used to watch as a kid. Anyway, aside from the forced 'comedic' situations and unoriginal story, the fact that Princess Rosalinda's (portrayed ineptly by Demi Lovato) accent kept fading in and out was and added distraction.In the end, I had the feeling that this uninspiring project was thrown together quickly to cash-in on the tween set's love for Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. I suppose Hollywood's (and Disney's) need to make a quick buck has been in existence ever since the dawn of children's programming, I just wish that every so often they'd put more effort into the assembly line fodder they churn out since in the end, parents are the ones having to pay the ultimate price.I gave it (2) stars because my daughter liked it.
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First of all, the ending was soooooooooo awful and I knew some of you wanted to know what happened with Ed and Carter and stuff like that. I was looking forward to that to but then I guess it was a big disappointment. But seriously, friendship is the main theme here and I think each best friend should watch this....I meant the lesson of the story. It's pretty good Carter spared Rosie and went with the General Guy and sacrificed herself for her best friend. And her dad, OMG, I hate it! The part when the rescued her....her dad should've said "I'm proud of you, Carter, you inherited my skills" or stuff like that that Carter was a brave person but of course she might've be in trouble but above all, it's a typical Disney movie except for the ending which is awful.
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I must confess that I didn't cared for watching this film after seeing the previews for it, my thought was "just another way for Disney to milk out their stars". However, recently I saw this movie randomly - and got pleasantly surprised. «Princess Protection Program» is undoubtedly the best DC movie I've seen, surpassing all their recent films like «Camp Rock», the «High School Musical» flicks, «Hatching Pete» and «Dadnapped».A thing that most DC movies have in common that they're pretty soulless; They seem like they're all the same, with mediocre acting, predictable story lines and squeaky clean love subplots. Their films has rarely soul and emotion (even though one shouldn't take for granted that the theatrical released films has heart and emotion, cause that isn't always the case either). But «Princess Protection Program» was quite cute and enjoyable.The story is a little cheesy, but still works pretty well and the high school clichés during this film doesn't feel worn out. The cinematography by David A. Makin is quite lovely, making the locations look beautiful and the score by John Van Tongeren is also good. And most of the songs are catchy.Disney has casted two of their up-and-coming stars to the main roles (the replacements of Miley Cyrus, if you will); Selena Gomez as Carter and Demi Lovato as Princess Rosalinda. Their interaction and friendship on the screen is credible, without being overdone. They both pull of their roles pretty well. Of course since this is a DC movie you can't expect a profound acting, but none of the performances feels overacted. Demi Lovato has improved since «Camp Rock» and has never looked more beautiful than in this film, with her rose-red lips and stunning dresses. She struggles a bit with timing on her emotional moments, but still carries her Princess role with grace and dignity. While Selena, which is wonderful as Alex in «Wizards of Waverly Place», fits the role of a tomboy surprisingly well (I had never pictured her as a tomboy). Of the adult cast, Tom Verica has good charisma as Carter's father.The film was enjoyable, but the only thing that disappointed me, just like another reviewer on this site pointed out, was the ending, which could been more suspenseful, cause it was leading to an thrilling climax. Otherwise, I highly recommend «Princess Protection Program». The film may not be innovative or Oscar-worthy, but has the mayor ingredient that most DC films lack: heart and soul. Please make more movies like this, Disney.