The Princess Switch: Switched Again parents guide

The Princess Switch: Switched Again Parent Guide

When a film relies on one performer playing three roles, it would be helpful if she could bring any of them to life..

Overall B-

Disney+: Duchess Margaret has just inherited the throne of Montenaro but she's hit a rough patch with her boyfriend, Kevin. Now it's up to Stacey, her double, to get things back on track...if only Fiona, a third lookalike, doesn't ruin everything.

Release date November 19, 2020

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use B

Why is The Princess Switch: Switched Again rated TV-G? The MPAA rated The Princess Switch: Switched Again TV-G

Run Time: 96 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Two years after the events of The Princess Switch, Stacy (Vanessa Hudgens) and her husband, Prince Edward (Sam Palladio) are preparing for a trip to Montenaro to attend the coronation of Duchess Margaret (also Vanessa Hudgens). Margaret is nervous about becoming Queen and is reconsidering her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Kevin (Nick Sagar). Stacy offers to switch places again to give Margaret a break, but Margaret’s cousin, Fiona (and, yes, again it’s Vanessa Hudgens) has a plan that just might complicate things.

Full disclosure: I have not seen the original Princess Switch, so I am judging this movie based solely on its own merits, which aren’t many. Let’s start with the premise, since I’m sure my plot summary makes barely any sense. You have to just accept the premise in order to even begin to sit through this movie. It’s ridiculous, and there are tons of plot holes, but I think that’s kind of the point of this genre. I could write an entire essay about how little sense the story makes, but no one who is willing to watch The Princess Switch is going to care. It’s not meant to be anything more than a Christmas themed romance with some royalty-related wish fulfillment, and it doesn’t aim any higher.

The acting is not great for the most part. Hudgens tries her best to differentiate the three characters she plays, but she lacks the skill to bring all three to life, not to mention a plausible British accent. None of the romantic couples have any chemistry at all, and some of the male romantic leads are insufferably bland. Prince Edward especially has no personality outside of “perfect husband”, and he has so little chemistry with Hudgens that I audibly scoffed whenever they referenced being married.

In all honesty, this film is harmless with zip in the negative content department. I doubt most children would have any interest in it but it’s probably catnip for starry-eyed, princess-obsessed tweens. If you liked the first one, or you’re a fan of this genre, you’ll probably like it well enough. If you don’t fall into those categories, I can’t imagine why you would even click on it.

Directed by Mike Rohl. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Suanne Braun, and Lachlan Nieboer. Running time: 96 minutes. Theatrical release November 19, 2020. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is The Princess Switch: Switched Again rated TV-G? The Princess Switch: Switched Again is rated TV-G by the MPAA

Violence: A woman has a cloth placed over her face, causing her to pass out. She is then transported in a van and locked in a cellar. A man is knocked backwards into a shelf. A man is punched in the face.
Sexual Content: Both married and dating couples kiss.
Profanity: Two instances of uses of terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A man suggests opening a bottle of wine. Adults drink champagne and wine at parties.

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The Princess Switch: Switched Again Parents' Guide

How does Margaret become comfortable with ruling by herself? What does she discover about herself and her sense of duty?

Loved this movie? Try these books…

The whole “switching places with a body double” theme has been widely covered in literature from Shakespeare on up. One of the most enduringly popular tales is The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, set in 16th century England. The formula gets updated in Undercover Princess. Written by Connie Glynn this tale features a crown princess who swaps identities with an ordinary girl in her dorm. Life-swapping meets time travel in The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone. This novel’s protagonist switches places with a girl in a 100 year old portrait and tries to prevent an art theft.

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An American teenager discovers that she’s actually heir to the throne of Genovia in Princess Diaries.

The chief’s daughter wants to fight; not be an ornamental woman in Pixar’s Brave. Another princess who doesn’t want to fill her destined role is Ariel, star of The Little Mermaid.

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