“Girls Gone Wild” has lured many sex-crazed college
guys (and Snoop Dogg) to the beaches of Cancun and Florida. In
“The Prince and Me,” a “Girls of Wisconsin”
commercial entices Eddie (Luke Mably, “28 Days Later”),
the Crown Prince of Denmark, who is sick of the easy prey in his
country, to embark on a quest to get American girls to take off
their tops.

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I hate to tell you this, but you have something in your teeth. (Courtesy of Paramount)

Paige (Julia Stiles, “Mona Lisa Smile”) is a
Wisconsin-born student ace with a sarcastic wit who works hard for
her entrance into medical school and enjoys being an independent
girl with aspirations to leave the Midwest.

Eddie leaves his country without his parents’ permission
and soon finds that he cannot support his lifestyle or his valet,
Soren (Ben Miller, “Johnny English”), and is forced to
find a job. Not only does chance make the two characters Chemistry
partners (oh yes, there is the obvious “Chemistry isn’t
just a class” comment) but also colleagues at a sports bar
(where they have some intimate moments using the meat slicer).

While Eddie’s charm, status and intelligence are
completely unbelievable, the movie manages to accurately portray
some aspects of American college life. Students at the Midwestern
university complain about the spoiled, rich East Coast kids who
come to throw around their parents’ money at their back-up
school, and annoying distribution requirements force students like
Paige, a pre-medicine major, to enroll in a Shakespeare class, for
which she has to take the dreaded blue book exams.

Clearly aimed at teenage girls, the movie has no qualms
displaying overly simplistic metaphors with butterflies, barnyard
make-out sessions and Paige’s girl-power attitude. It also
offers several shots of Mably’s skills riding a horse or
driving a BMW and many peeks at his chiseled torso.

Miller is the surprising stand-out in this film for his
portrayal of a videogame-addicted valet who has the few relatively
humorous lines in the movie. Clearly focusing on a message of
female empowerment in an implausible tale, the movie stresses
Paige’s intelligence and commitment to her dreams. What is
being advertised as a “fairy tale (that) is about to get
real” fails to deviate much from the romantic-comedy blue
print.

 

Movie Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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