The Princess Switch is Cheesier Than it is Sweet

The Princess Switch is Cheesier Than it is Sweet

6/10...Is it bad that I still enjoyed it?


For the holiday season, Netflix has released a slew of original movies, one of them being The Princess Switch. The movie, although new, borrows cliches from several rom-com's that creates an experience that is more rotten than fresh. Yet, I liked it...

The movie has a princess, a "pauper," a dashing Prince Edward (Sam Palladio), and a cute sous baker named Kevin (Nick Sagar) who, in my honest opinion, is better than the prince himself. But I digress: Vanessa Hudgens is the star of this film playing both princess, Lady Margaret Delacourte, and "pauper," the ambitious bakery owner, Stacy De Novo.

Hudgens' acting has never been the best (no, not even in High School Musical), but for some reason, she is incredibly likable as both Margaret and Stacy. With her pink two-piece and totally fake British accent, Hudgens as Margaret is laughably sweet, and with her flared jeans and schedules, the actress as Stacy is unapologetically confident.

The film itself is fluffy. While the backdrop of the story is the baking competition - excuse me, the XX of Belgravia - the true plot is the romance. The sets are less-than-quality but full of (fake snow), and through carriage horse rides and baking mishaps both Margaret and Stacy end up with their respective partners in just two days. Two days! Ah, if only love could come that quickly.

My favorite relationship, however, was that of Mrs. Donatelli (Susanne Braun) and Frank De Luca (Mark Fleischman). The latter is the assistant of the Majesties and like a bloodhound, sets to prove the switch up while Mrs. Donatelli bests him at every corner. I wish their banter was in more scenes, but remember: this is Vanessa Hudgens' story.

The Princess Switch borrows elements from other movies, such as The Parent Trap, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Princess Diaries. While the central plot is trite, it was not difficult to sit back and enjoy the movie. Cheesy as it was, it still made me giggle more than I wanted to - and I don't even like romantic comedies.

Of course, being such a sweet movie, I was left with a lot of questions at the end of the movie: How exactly are Stacy and Lady related? What about Stacy's bakery back in Chicago? So, Kevin didn't feel anything for Stacy at all? Why was there no transformation scene when the commoner turns into the princess? What happened to Stacy's rival, Brianna (Amy Griffith)? When did Margaret renounce her crown? And most importantly, when is the sequel coming out?

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10 Things To Do If You Are In The D.C. Area This Holiday Season

There's nothing like Christmas in the Nation's Capital.


Looking for something fun to do during the holidays? Well, if you're in the D.C. area this holiday season, here are 10 fun things to do to get in the Christmas spirit!

Go see the National Christmas Tree.

The National Christmas Tree

A beloved tradition, the National Christmas Tree in Washington gathers spectators from all across the nation, and is truly a marvelous sight.

Visit the National Zoo at night to see the festive event, ZooLights.

The ZooLights

After many of the animals have gone to sleep, the zoo comes to life for the holiday season, with light displays sure to evoke that true spirit of Christmas.

Attend a Capitals game.

A Capitals Game

After last season's win of the Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals have contagious energy that brings spirit to both the season and the game.

Go to a performance of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theater.

The Nutcracker

Witness Clara's journey with an American twist, as George Washington takes the role of the famous Nutcracker.

See the holiday display at the Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Gardens

Enjoy festive floral displays, filled with poinsettias galore!

Visit the National Harbor to see the Gaylord’s ICE exhibit.

ICE at The Gaylord

Sculptures of ice make art a part of the holiday season at the Gaylord in the National Harbor. This year's focus on Rudolph is sure to excite all onlookers!

Stroll through the Downtown Holiday Market.

The Holiday Market

Open noon to eight daily from November 23rd to December 23rd, the Holiday Market, which is located on F Street between 7th and 9th and across from the National Portrait Gallery, has tons of gifts made by local artisans and small business owners.

Go ice skating at The National Gallery of Art.

Ice Skating at the National Gallery

Located in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden, the ice skating rink makes for some good holiday fun in downtown D.C.

Walk through the D.C. City Center.

D.C. City Center

The City Center, which is home to many shops and restaurants as well as decorations that change every season, is a great place to experience some holiday lights and snag some great holiday photo opportunities.

See the holiday train display at Union Station.

Union Station Train Display

The wreathes and train displays in Union Station bring travelers and spectators alike Christmas cheer, with beautiful flowers and Christmas trees littering the station!

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