The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star parents guide

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star Parent Guide

This dreadful movie induces enough eye-rolling to qualify as a full body workout.

Overall C

Netflix: The Vatican has lent the Star of Peace to Montenaro. When it's stolen, Queen Margaret, Princess Stacy and their wild cousin Fiona must work together to steal it back.

Release date November 18, 2021

Violence A
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B
Substance Use B

Why is The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star rated TV-G? The MPAA rated The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star TV-G for fear, language, violence

Run Time: 106 minutes

Parent Movie Review

As part of an international Christmas festival, the Vatican has agreed to loan the priceless Star of Peace, said to have once belonged to Saint Nicholas himself, to Queen Margaret of Montenaro (Vanessa Hudgens). Shortly after its arrival, however, the Star is stolen from the palace vault. With the police baffled, Margaret and Princess Stacy (also Vanessa Hudgens) turn to the only person they know with connections to the criminal world: Margaret’s cousin, Fiona (shockingly, also Vanessa Hudgens).

My review of the previous installment in the series, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, was, though not glowingly positive, at least a thumbs up. Unfortunately, I won’t be quite so kind this time around. This movie goes beyond cringe and into full body dry heaves. You know when your roll your eyes so hard it becomes a full body experience? Imagine that constantly for over an hour. It almost felt like a workout. Vanessa Hudgens’ British accent has somehow gotten worse in the past year (if you can believe it). And her chemistry with Prince Edward (Sam Palladio) is even more nonexistent than before. Poor Edward, the man has the personality of a sheet of cardboard and nothing more to do than be the butt of “Europeans don’t understand America” jokes.

The plot certainly exists! Does it make any sense? Absolutely not! Is it incredibly contrived and artificial? You bet! Characters just get pushed along on a dreary path to the inevitable “switch” that is contractually obligated to happen. The actual switch comes along so late in the story that I thought maybe there wouldn’t be one at all, which would be a refreshing change of pace. But sadly, I was misled by false hope. We get not just one, but two unnecessarily shoe-horned in Hudgen-SwitchesTM. At the very least, our new romantic pairing, Fiona and Peter (Remy Hii) have some chemistry, unlike Hudgens and every other man in this franchise.

What struck me the most about this film is the more sexual tone as compared to the other two. The previous installments keep to a very Disney view of romance: a few stolen glances across the room, a brush of the hands, and a single kiss. This production, though it stays far away from sex, either shown or implied, does come across as very sexy. I suppose that fits with Fiona’s character, but it surprised me. Again, I can’t point to any actual sexual activity or discussion, save a handful of very mild innuendos, but there’s just an overall sexy vibe that permeates Fiona and Peter’s interactions. Aside from that, this film has a lot more swearing than the previous ones, as well as more discussion around alcohol. I think at this point you know whether this is a movie you want to watch or not. People who are already fans will probably love it, but I can’t imagine why anyone else would even bother giving it a try. With the uptick in adult content, and overall low quality, I wouldn’t recommend this for young viewers or anyone who values their sanity.

Directed by Mike Rohl. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Sagar, Remy Hii, Will Kemp, Sam Palladio. Running time: 106 minutes. Theatrical release November 18, 2021. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star rated TV-G? The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star is rated TV-G by the MPAA for fear, language, violence

Violence: There are some minor slapstick falls.
Sexual Content: Adult couples kiss throughout. There is some sexual innuendo.
Profanity:   There are six uses of terms of deity, five mild expletives, and mild insults including “idiot”.
Alcohol / Drug Use: There is a plot point about security guards being drugged as part of a robbery. Adults are seen drinking at parties and social events. Characters discuss and consume martinis. Jokes are made about spiked eggnog, wanting alcohol, and smoking mistletoe.

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The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star Parents' Guide

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