Royalteen: Princess Margrethe parents guide

Royalteen: Princess Margrethe Parent Guide

The movie misses the deeper issues that would make it interesting, and retreats into negative content and long stretches of boredom.

Overall D

Netflix: While trying to keep a secret, a Scandinavian princess finds herself in even bigger trouble.

Release date May 11, 2023

Violence A
Sexual Content C
Profanity D
Substance Use D

Why is Royalteen: Princess Margrethe rated TV-MA? The MPAA rated Royalteen: Princess Margrethe TV-MA for language, substances

Run Time: 98 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Princess Margrethe (Elli Müller Osborne) longs for normalcy as she balances the pressures of her royal duties, family drama, and simply being a teenager. After a scandalous incident at prom, she comes under scrutiny from her family turns to substances to calm her growing anxiety and loneliness. Her dysfunctional coping mechanism soon leads to disastrous consequences as her familial and friend relationships crash down around her.

In all transparency, that plot summary I wrote sounds way more exciting than this movie actually is. I had to really flex my writing muscles to even get more than one sentence since there isn’t much of a plot in the first place. That, I think, is the main failure of this production. I’m sure the book it’s based on is more compelling since it would hopefully provide Margrethe’s inner dialogue. Instead, we get an extremely loose story with a whole lot of dour facial expressions in place of a plot. The general idea around how pressure to be perfect can lead to destructive behaviors is interesting, but it doesn’t go anywhere – and it should, for the benefit of its teen audience. This franchise seems determined to point out how messed up modern monarchies are, especially among the young members, but refuses to even suggest that maybe ending the monarchy would solve the a problem. It’s maddening to watch every person involved miss the obvious answer right under their noses.

I wish I could say that this film has educational value for teens on the dangerous of substance abuse, but sadly it never really lands that idea. Yes, Margrethe faces personal and social consequences for her substance use, but other people in her life also use those substances and don’t suffer any consequences. The blame falls more on Margrethe’s circumstances and anxiety rather than on her substance abuse. The film also glosses over addiction in a very juvenile way. The fact that the prescription medication she is abusing is addictive is never really talked about and in the end she’s able to stop taking it cold turkey which is very unrealistic and does a disservice to the real life hard work of overcoming addiction.

This teen melodrama has nothing to say, contains high amounts of negative content, and produces endless boredom, making it impossible to recommend. I can’t speak to the quality of the book series, but I really hope this is the last entry into this “unfun” franchise.

Directed by Ingvild Soderlind. Starring Elli Muller Osborne, Sammy Germain Wadi, Amalie Sporsheim. Running time: 98 minutes. Theatrical release May 11, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Royalteen: Princess Margrethe rated TV-MA? Royalteen: Princess Margrethe is rated TV-MA by the MPAA for language, substances

Violence: None.
Sexual Content: Teen couples kiss. A teen girl begins to masturbate under blankets and is interrupted. A teen girl is shown in revealing underwear in an attempt to seduce a boy.
Profanity: The script contains around 25 sexual expletives, 15 mild and moderate expletives, and six terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Teens drink in many scenes, and are sometimes shown drunk. A teen girl snorts cocaine. A main teen character abuses prescription drugs.

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Royalteen: Princess Margrethe Parents' Guide

Why does Margrethe turn to pills and alcohol and what consequences does that have for her? Can you think of more positive ways she could have handled the events of prom? What kind of consequences would she have had?

Home Video

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This movie is a sequel to Royalteen, which focuses on Prince Kalle and his relationship with Lena.

Teen royalty gets a light touch in The Princess Diaries, a story about an unpopular teenager in San Francisco who’s shocked to learn that she’s heir to a throne in Europe.

A pre-med student unexpectedly falls in love with an incognito Danish prince in The Prince and Me.

Younger audiences looking for some adventure might enjoy Secret Society of Second-Born Royals.