Paige, a pre-med student from Wisconsin, is on the fast track toward her life-long goals. Edward, the Crown Prince of Denmark, is trying to escape a life he never chose. Needing an escape from his royal life, Edward treks to Wisconsin and poses as "Eddie," a college student. Now they've fallen in love and Edward is in line to become Denmark's King. Paige has to choose between two dreams--becoming a princess, or the doctor she's always wanted to be.
It's probably no coincidence that Luke Mably, the skinny English actor playing the crown prince of Denmark, who goes undercover and falls in love with an all-American farm girl, bears a conspicuous resemblance to England's Prince William. With the real prince unavailable, why not create a facsimile from another country and bring him to America? The soggy contemporary fairy tale is a cinematic cream puff with a melted marshmallow inside it. As the temperature rises, the whole gooey thing starts to melt. Julia Stiles's heroine is a model of integrity and decency who seems anachronistic in the age of Britney and Christina, especially when she has to choose between marrying the love of her life and becoming the Queen of Denmark and going to medical school. The lopsided movie doesn't have the backbone to sustain conflict for more than a few minutes— Stephen Holden
2004-04-02 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of The Prince & Me