The Prince and Me
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|The Prince & Me|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Martha Coolidge|
|Produced by||Mark Amin|
|Written by||Mark Amin
|Screenplay by||Jack Amiel
|Story by||Mark Amin
|Music by||Jennie Muskett|
|Editing by||Steven Cohen|
|Studio||Lions Gate Entertainment
Epsilon Motion Pictures
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||106 minutes|
The Prince & Me is a 2004 romantic comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge, and starring Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, and Ben Miller, with Miranda Richardson, James Fox, and Alberta Watson. Though its title recalls that of The King and I, the film is a loose adaptation of The Student Prince, a 1954 MGM musical, which was in turn an adaptation of the 1924 operetta, The Student Prince which was in its turn an adaptation of the German play, Alt Heidelberg.
The film focuses on Paige Morgan, a pre-med college student in Wisconsin, who is pursued by a prince posing as a normal college student.
The film marks the return of Martha Coolidge to the big screen after a 7 year absence, and her service as the first female president of the Directors Guild of America. It also features a cameo by Eddie Irvine, a retired Irish Formula One driver.
The film spawned three sequels, with Kam Heskin replacing Julia Stiles in the role of Paige Morgan: The Prince & Me 2: The Royal Wedding in 2006, The Prince and Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon in 2008, and The Prince and Me 4: The Elephant Adventure in 2009.
While watching television after a cabinet meeting, Edvard sees a commercial for a reality show set in Wisconsin called College Girls Gone Wild, featuring drunken co-eds flashing their breasts. After meeting with his parents, King Haraald (James Fox), and Queen Rosalind (Miranda Richardson), Edvard announces his intentions to attend college in America - specifically, Wisconsin. While his parents do not want him to go, Edvard tells them he will go with or without their consent, and that he does not want any help or money. The King then dispatches Edvard's assistant, Søren (Ben Miller), to chaperone the trip to America.
When Edvard arrives at the university, he orders Søren keep his identity a secret, and to call him "Eddie." Also, his limo nearly hits Paige. Later at a bar Eddie sees Paige again, where he flirts with her. Eddie then asks Paige to take off her shirt, like the girls in the College Girls Gone Wild advertisement did. Paige angrily drenches Eddie with the drink hose, and bouncers escort Eddie (and Søren, who came to his rescue) from the bar. To Paige's annoyance, she and Eddie are also assigned as lab partners for an organic chemistry class. Since the class is important for Paige's medical school ambitions, she warns Eddie to not get in her way, and reprimands him after he sleeps through one of their lab experiments. After running out of money, Eddie gets a job in the deli section of the bar, even using Paige as a reference. Paige reluctantly helps him during his first day. Eddie later asks her out, but she refuses.
After Eddie helps Paige learn how to interpret Shakespeare, and Paige teaches him how to do laundry, Paige is goaded by a friend to invite him to her home for Thanksgiving. While there, Eddie takes part in a lawn mower race, even beating the Morgan family's rival. However, a fistfight ensues. After patching up his wounds, Eddie and Paige kiss.
Back at school after the Thanksgiving break, Eddie and Paige sneak off to the library stacks to pursue a romantic encounter of unspecified nature. While there, the Danish paparazzi appear, begin taking photographs and reveal his royal identity. After confronting Eddie, Paige leaves him.
At the end of the day, Eddie is notified by his mother that his father is very ill, leading him to return home. While Paige faces a panel of professors questioning her about Shakespeare and love, she realizes that she loves Edvard and runs to find him, only to discover that he has already left for Denmark. She goes after him, and upon arriving in Copenhagen her trip is delayed, as a parade honoring the royal family is blocking traffic. Paige is recognized by the crowd, and Edvard finds her and takes her to the castle on horseback.
The queen objects to Edvard's choice to marry Paige, but the king tells him that if he loves Paige, he should marry her. Edvard proposes and Paige accepts.
Paige struggles with conforming to the lifestyle of royalty, however, the queen warms to her. Then, she takes Paige to a little room with jewelry to get ready for the coronation ball. During the coronation ball, Edvard and Paige share their first dance and then sneak off together. After being left alone, Paige remembers her dream for Doctors Without Borders. When Edvard returns, she tells him that she does not want to sacrifice her dreams, and that she cannot be queen. She then returns to Wisconsin and graduates from college, where she has been accepted to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Edvard arrives after the graduation, where he admits that he would be willing to wait to marry her until she finishes medical school and achieves her dreams. She confesses that Denmark may not be ready for a queen like her, but he says that she is, leading them to kiss passionately.
- Julia Stiles as Paige Morgan
- Luke Mably as Edvard, Crown Prince of Denmark/Edvard III, King of Denmark ("Eddie Williams")
- Ben Miller as Søren
- Miranda Richardson as Rosalind, Queen consort of Denmark
- James Fox as Haraald, King of Denmark
- Alberta Watson as Amy Morgan
- John Bourgeois as Ben Morgan
- Zachary Knighton as John Morgan
- Stephen O'Reilly as Mike Morgan
- Elisabeth Waterston as Beth Curtis
- Eliza Bennett as Princess Arabella
- Devin Ratray as Scotty
- Clare Preuss as Stacey
- Yaani King as Amanda
- Eddie Irvine as Himself
- Angelo Tsarouchas as Stu
- Jacques Tourangeau as Professor Amiel
- Joanne Baron as Margueritte - Royal Designer
- Stephen Singer as Professor Begler
- Sarah Manninen as Krista
- Tony Munch as Keith Kopetsky
- John Nelles as Race Announcer
- Claus Bue as Lutheran Archbishop
- "Everybody Wants You" - Josh Kelley
- "Just a Ride" - Jem
- "Fire Escape" - Fastball
- "Man of the World" - Marc Cohn
- "Calling" - Leona Naess
- "Good Intentions" - Jennifer Stills
- "I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You" - Marc Cohn
- "Symphony" - Jessica Riddle
- "It Doesn’t Get Better Than This" - Katy Fitzgerald
- "Freeway" - Scapegoat Wax
- "Presidente" - Kinky
- "Drift" - Forty Foot Echo
- "Party" - The D4
- "Bloodsweet" - Scapegoat Wax
- "Separate Worlds" - Jennie Muskett
Critics gave the film mostly negative reviews and Rotten Tomatoes rated it 27% based on 116 reviews giving it an overall "rotten" rating. They describe the film as "bland, fluffy, and predictable bit of wish fulfillment". Metacritic reported the movie had an average score of 47 out of 100, based on 31 reviews. The Christian Science Monitor's David Sterritt gave the film a good review, stating that the movie was "quite appealing, thanks to good-humored acting and to Martha Coolidge's quiet directing style." Meanwhile, Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times criticised the movie, calling it "a blandly diverting, chastely conceived and grammatically challenged fairy tale" USA Today commented that The Prince and Me was overall "well-meaning, cute, sweet" but that the film could have been improved with "a bit more quirkiness and a little less formula."
- The opening Copenhagen scene was in fact made in the Jewish Quarter of Prague, with the tower of Jewish Town Hall clearly visible in the background.
- The University of Toronto was where the actual filming was done rather than the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The stacks kissing scene was filmed at E.J. Pratt Library.
- York University was where the bar scene was filmed. The bar at York University is named The Underground.
The film was followed by a straight-to-DVD sequel, The Prince and Me 2: The Royal Wedding (2006), starring Mably and Kam Heskin and 2008 sequel The Prince and Me 3: Royal Honeymoon, starring Chris Geere as Prince Edward and Heskin as Paige. The Prince and Me 4: The Elephant Adventure was released in the UK on DVD 15 February 2010 and March 23, 2010 in the U.S.
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- Official website
- Official site of Danish Crown Prince
- The Prince and Me at the Internet Movie Database
- The Prince and Me at the TCM Movie Database
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