The Prince and Me

5.81 h 51 min2004X-RayPG
At college Paige meets Eddie, a student from Denmark, who proves to be Crown Prince Edvard. Paige follows him to Copenhagen then he follows her back to school with a plan.
Martha Coolidge
Julia StilesLuke MablyBen Miller
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James FoxMiranda RichardsonAlberta WatsonJohn BourgeoisEliza BennettJoanne BaronBen MillerJoanne Baron
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2382 global ratings

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Mark J. FowlerReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars
An Above Average Modern Fairy Tale
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The Prince and Me falls into two related genres - Romantic Comedy and "Cinderella Story". As a romantic comedy it is just average and includes several cliches that drive me crazy in this genre.

There are MANY romantic comedies where one character has a secret they hide from their love interest. In "Prince and Me" the secret is that "Eddie", the Danish student who shows up one day at the University of Wisconsin (played convincingly by Luke Mably) is actually the Prince and soon to be King of Denmark. (It is extremly convenient for us that all the Danes in the film including the royal family, prime minister, servants and paparazzi all speak English exclusively!) Our heroine, a farm-girl pre-med student, is played by Julia Stiles, and Ms. Stiles continues a budding acting career where she plays women of depth and character. Her Paige Morgan is accepted to Johns Hopkins Medical School around the same time she discovers Eddie is a Prince, and she aspires to work as a Doctor in an underserved country.

Prince Edvard GOES to Wisconsin because he's one of those Euro-trashy princes in the beginning of the movie and he sees an ad for one of those videos where college girls pull their shirts up, and *these* girls happen to be from Wisconsin. Bent on meeting sleazy young girls at the U of W Edvard immediately becomes fixated on the least sleazy, most-principaled woman in sight.

When the scene comes where Paige discovers Eddie is the Crown Prince she doesn't think "hey.... the hunky guy I was just kissing in the library is actually a PRINCE!" Instead she shrieks at him "you lied to me!" (which is only true for those who consider that a lie can include what you don't say - Eddie only tells Paige that he has to "go into the family business" when he returns to Denmark.)

The King is ill at this exact moment and Edvard must jet back to Copenhagen, which leads to one of the better done Romantic Comedy cliche-moments, the one where one character flies off after the lovers have had a tiff, only to have the other character come flying after them on the next plane. (If you think I've given anything away here, you haven't seen many Romantic Comedies.)

The third act begins here as Paige arrives in Denmark, is reunited with Edvard, and begins to contemplate a possible life as Queen of Denmark. During the breakfast where it first dawns on her that this is possible she suddenly looks uncertain. "Do you think the people will mind if I'm the Queen of Denmark and all I've seen is the airport?"

The Cinderella tale gets a thoroughly modern and believable upgrade, and it must have been difficult for Martha Coolidge and the screenwriters to generate the required romantic conflict for the characters who seem to have everything. Paige is not only the girl getting to go to Johns Hopkins, but the Prince falls in love with her too? There's conflict here?

Okay - it's not the best Romantic Comedy ever. But it's not the worst either.
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randomartcoReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars
A cute and believable love story!
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I saw this cute film a weekend before opening, during a local sneak preview, and let me say, it was great!
Wisconsin-born Paige Morgan (Julia Stiles) thinks boys are a distraction. In fact, she never dates, preferring to keep her mind on her pre-med college studies: she's worked hard for everything she's got! Prince Edvard "Eddie" of Denmark (Luke Mably) has the opposite problem: he has grown up surrounded by wealth and privilege (having been groomed since birth to become the next ruler of his country). Only thing is: he's not ready for the responsibility!
Along with his trusty servant/bodyguard Soren (Ben Miller), the Prince enrolls as a student at a Wisconsin college, in order to meet girls; he immediately sets off to the local hangout to find some. It is there that he runs into Paige, who is working; she dislikes him from the start, as he acts as less than a gentleman to her. When Eddie comes along the next day and pairs up with her as her lab partner, she's not about to change her mind about him...after all, he's just a rich playboy. Isn't he?
Although Eddie quickly realizes that she is the girl for him: the ONLY girl for him. He apologizes for his earlier behavior and the two become friends, and then something more. But when Paige discovers that her Eddie is actually Prince Edvard Valdemar Dangaard, soon to be 51st ruler of Denmark, she is understandably upset that he lied to her...but will she forgive him? And if she does, will the Prince be able to convince his parents to accept a poor Wisconsin girl as the future queen of Denmark?
Running from the paparazzi, exploding lab chemicals, lawnmower races, and a royal procession, this movie is full of cute moments of excitement and fun! For those of you with kids that are worried about content, there is barely any language in the film (one "bloody" and one "I'm going to kick your a**"), and other than a few scenes in a bar hangout and some make-out scenses, it is very family friendly!
From the beautiful scenery and dream-like sequence of events (that come across VERY realistically), this romantic film is definitely worth the watch! The chemistry and love that blossoms between Paige and Eddie is so sweet and believable that you can't help falling in love with the characters themselves, and wishing that every girl could end up with their Prince Charming and live happily ever after!
17 people found this helpful
William D. ShingletonReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not a bad film after the first 30 minutes
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Disclaimer: I am not this film's target audience. This is a film that was made for 15-30 year old women, and I'm a man of the same age bracket.

There are three kinds of chick flicks out there. There are the kind that men don't mind watching and may secretly kind of like (see Sleepless in Seattle), the kind that men could do without but will tolerate (see Ghost) and the kind that guys hate (see How to Make an American Quilt). This film falls into the middle category.

The Prince and Me has what seems to me to be your basic chick flick plot - girl is independent, meets arrogant guy, girl changes guy, guy changes girl, they fall in love. The twist here, of course, is that the guy happens to be royalty so there's a fairy tale quality about the end of the film. The plot is not the major problem here, as it does have a couple of interesting twists.

The problem is the execution of the first 30 minutes of the film, which are disjointed and uninteresting. There is a substantial amount of time spent setting up Paige (Julia Stiles)as independent and driven, and some of the scenes dealing with this topic are forced and repetitive. The same is true for the Prince (Luke Mably), though his scenes are considerably more interesting due to comic relief provided by Soren (Ben Miller), the prince's man servant. Overall, the beginning of the film is poorly acted, directed, and written, and frankly was not interesting enough to hold my attention.

This is a shame, because after the Prince and Paige fall in love the film picks up, the writing is crisper, and the direction seems to be better. The subplot with Soren becoming addicted to XBox is absolutely hysterical even though it only consumes a few seconds of screen time. Once the scene shifts to Denmark the film becomes much more engaging, though the last five minutes, with a cop-out to please the mass market, are disappointing.

The DVD has a couple of special features worth watching. The commentary from director Martha Coolidge (who directed one of my favorite films, Real Genius) is above average and has a nice mix of technical film insider stuff about camera angles and insightful commentary into some of the characters. There is a featurette about the lawnmower racing sequence (really, the guy's highlight to the film) that is definately worth watching. The gag reel is average, as are the other featurettes, though it does provide the alternate (read original) ending.

Overall, this film gets 0 stars for the first 30 minutes, three stars thereafter, and 4 for the DVD features. Guys won't like the film unless they're on a date, but they'll at least be able to tolerate it if they can get past the first 30 minutes.
27 people found this helpful
KayCeeReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
They should have stopped with this movie.
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It just really bothers me that they didn't keep the same actors in the rest of the series! I could see maybe a few changes, but, atleast keep the same main actors.
NyssalynnReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Prince and me
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Good movie
Courtney RabideauReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
Every Girls Dream?
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Paige Morgan is a very dedicated medical student at the University at Wisconsin, who thinks that she does not have time to fall in love. Prince Edvard of Denmark is the classic playboy prince who only wants to go to Wisconsin so he can get a girl to take her top off for him.

Paige and "Eddie" meet when he asks her to take her top off for him. The next day it turns out that they have to be lab partners for an organic chemistry class. At first Paige does not like Eddie because she thinks he is nothing but a spoiled rich boy. However there is clearly chemistry between the two, and Paige takes him home for Thanksgiving where things start to heat up.

Shortly after break Paige and Eddie try to study for exams, but instead find themselves making out in the stakes at the library. However, a Danish journalist finds them and Paige gets mad at Eddie for not telling her he is really Prince Edvard.

After this Edward has to go back to Denmark because his father is sick and he must take over as king. Paige realizes that she loves him and goes to Denmark to tell him. She finds Eddie in the middle of a parade and they spend some time together and eventually he proposes and she accepts.

Paige, however is nervous at becoming the Queen of Denmark and having to give up her goal of being a Doctor. After several royal functions she decides that she can't be Queen of Denmark and leaves to pursue her education, while Edvard becomes the new King of Denmark.

Several Years go by and Paige and her friends have graduated college. After the ceremony the friends go outside to get their pictures taken and Eddie is there. When Paige sees him she rushes into his arms.
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Oxana PotterReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
I absolutely loved this movie
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I absolutely loved this movie. A lot of people here were saying it was a modern day fairy tale, but in the light of the actual Danish Crown Prince marrying Australian commoner in 2004 whom he met at the bar this story is not such a fairy tale after all.

Both lead actors did a great job, but Luke Mably was simply amazing. He had this royal aura about him as if he actually was of some noble origin. And considering that this movie was the first big movie he did in his career, he is nothing but truly superb. Julia Stiles was also very convincing as a regular american farm girl trying to get somewhere in life.

A lot of reviews also mention that the part where Paige decides to leave Eddie and go back home to pursue her dreams o becoming a doctor was abrupt and unexpected. Well, I disagree here. I think her decision was very "legitimate". I think, she was not feeling worthy filling in the role of the future Queen of Denmark when she didn't really achieve or accomplished anything in her life.

Besides, I watched the documentary on how the movie was made and I was amazed how much thinking and work is behind creating the film, portraying royalty as correctly as possible, educating actors accordingly etc. It is definitely not some sloppy movie put together to make some easy money off of a teenage romantic comedy.
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Tamara WauchopeReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this quirky love comedy
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Although like most movies, one would like to change a few lines or even twists, for the most part it was done well. True to their characters was a plus, and both leads were very believable, of course with the except of a line or two. Otherwise, you'll really enjoy the movie - more than worth the watch!
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