The Royal Reverse
By Jackie Rodriguez
‘Tis the season to binge watch holiday Netflix films in the comfort of your bedroom. Netflix’s latest holiday confection, “The Princess Switch,” was released Nov. 16, starring Vanessa Hudgens as Stacy De Novo, a baker from Chicago, and Lady Margaret Delacourt, the Duchess of Montenaro. Nick Sager played the role of Stacey's best friend, Kevin, and the charming Prince Edward was played by Sam Palladio. These were only a few of the cast members that brought this Christmas rom-com to life.
Schedule compliant Stacy De Nevo owns a bakery in Chicago with her aide chef and best friend, Kevin. Thanks to Kevin, Stacy is invited to compete in a royal baking competition in the fictional kingdom of Belgravia. When Stacy arrives in Belgravia with Nick and his daughter Olivia, she unknowingly bumps into Lady Margaret Delacourt, and they quickly come to the realization of their strangely identical appearance. The free-spirited and spontaneous Lady Margaret wants nothing more than to be able to have a brief stint of normalcy, away from the royal spotlight, before she marries the soon-to-be king of Belgravia. Stacy surprisingly agrees, and for the next 48 hours, Stacy and Lady Margaret switch lives. Stacy sports an interesting British accent while attempting to live like a royal and Lady Margaret thrives whilst living the life she dreamed of. Fast forward to the end of their 48 hour adventure, Margaret comes to the realization that she is in love with Kevin, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret's fiance, Prince Edward. The double romance sparks further conflict and leads to an unsurprising ending that follows the film’s predictable plot.
The rom-com storyline seems to take inspiration from other popular films such as, “Lizzie McGuire” and “The Parent Trap.” Though this film is not up to par with those classics, it delivers a few feel-good moments for the viewers. “The Princess Switch” is almost so bad, however, that it is actually good. The foreseeable plot resembles something of an iconic, holiday hallmark movie. But, the film itself seems a bit rushed, even at nearly two hours long. However, aside from Hudgens’ unconvincing British accent and bland cast, the film is full of feel-good, classic cliches that no holiday romantic would want to miss out on -- presuming they can overlook the film’s inadequacies.
Release date: Nov. 16, 2018
Rating: 3/5 stars
Directors: Michael Rohl
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar, Sara Stewart, Suanne Braun, Pavel Douglas, Mark Fleischmann.
Screenplay: Robin Bernheim
Production companies: Netflix