Reviewed byStartingAllOver14Vote: 7/10/10
I must confess that I didn't cared for watching this film after seeingthe previews for it, my thought was "just another way for Disney tomilk out their stars". However, recently I saw this movie randomly -and got pleasantly surprised. «Princess Protection Program» isundoubtedly the best DC movie I've seen, surpassing all their recentfilms like «Camp Rock», the «High School Musical» flicks, «HatchingPete» and «Dadnapped».
A thing that most DC movies have in common that they're prettysoulless; They seem like they're all the same, with mediocre acting,predictable story lines and squeaky clean love subplots. Their filmshas rarely soul and emotion (even though one shouldn't take for grantedthat the theatrical released films has heart and emotion, cause thatisn't always the case either). But «Princess Protection Program» wasquite cute and enjoyable.
The story is a little cheesy, but still works pretty well and the highschool clichés during this film doesn't feel worn out. Thecinematography by David A. Makin is quite lovely, making the locationslook beautiful and the score by John Van Tongeren is also good. Andmost of the songs are catchy.
Disney has casted two of their up-and-coming stars to the main roles(the replacements of Miley Cyrus, if you will); Selena Gomez as Carterand Demi Lovato as Princess Rosalinda. Their interaction and friendshipon the screen is credible, without being overdone. They both pull oftheir roles pretty well. Of course since this is a DC movie you can'texpect a profound acting, but none of the performances feels overacted.Demi Lovato has improved since «Camp Rock» and has never looked morebeautiful than in this film, with her rose-red lips and stunningdresses. She struggles a bit with timing on her emotional moments, butstill carries her Princess role with grace and dignity. While Selena,which is wonderful as Alex in «Wizards of Waverly Place», fits the roleof a tomboy surprisingly well (I had never pictured her as a tomboy).Of the adult cast, Tom Verica has good charisma as Carter's father.
The film was enjoyable, but the only thing that disappointed me, justlike another reviewer on this site pointed out, was the ending, whichcould been more suspenseful, cause it was leading to an thrillingclimax. Otherwise, I highly recommend «Princess Protection Program».The film may not be innovative or Oscar-worthy, but has the mayoringredient that most DC films lack: heart and soul. Please make moremovies like this, Disney.
Reviewed byNick AVote: 5/10/10
Adults be warned: if you don't have kids, or if you don't enjoyyourself when they do, then you need not watch this movie. If you wantto feel young again, go watch Star Trek or something.
This is Disney in its lightest form, without pain, just some bullyingat most. This goes for the school environment as well as for theinternational political environment. Sure, Mr. Evil himself is about asscary as the lion Alex in Madagascar. He did a good job though,learning from cartoon characters, which I'm sure is a Disney trademark.
Also, don't focus on the international part. I speak both French andSpanish, and it hurts me to see them massacred so much. On the otherhand, it makes me think I'd make excellent royalty. Apart from thecaring part, that is.
The acting is not as bad as described by others. Actually, everybodyseems to be having a good time, hoping it wears off to the audience. Itworks, sometimes. I liked the camera-work, the attention paid todressing details, the displays of dignity and style. Also, when I saidthat it was a light movie, I also meant that there's no scenes atnight. Vampires abstain.
Nah, it's not like this movie is advisory entertainment, but when theythrow all these kid musicals on your plate, it's nice to have somethingelse for dinner. But, again, be in the right mood, or with the right(very young) people.
Reviewed bybkoganbingVote: 3/10/10
With all the hype that the Magic Kingdom has been giving this film overthe past several months, I expected something a lot better from thePrincess Protection Program. I think most kids even those who look atstars Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez as role models and they're not badones either, would find this film just too much.
Selena is the daughter of widower Tom Verica who is the owner of a baitshop in the bayous of Louisiana and also works for the CIA. He justfinished a mission where he rescued a princess from a small Caribbeanisland nation which just had a military coup. Now he's depositedPrincess Demi Lovato with his daughter and drawn her into his otherlife.
Selena's mission and she's got no choice but to accept it is to makeLovato blend in like a normal teen, at least a normal teen in theDisney view. From the politics of Lovato's nation to the politics ofGomez's high school, the two girls get off to a rocky start, but in theend become great pals.
In the pattern of what they do at Disney Studios when they havesuccessful stars from successful shows they always try to mix and matchand team these stars in film projects. This was one case where the filmidea was so preposterous no matter how appealing these two young womenare, they simply couldn't put it over. They're both far better at theirDisney shows than in this film.
I mean really, CIA dad gets daughter to help out on one of hismissions? I don't think Princess Protection Program would have everbeen made if Disney himself was around, though perhaps for differentreasons than I didn't like it.
When a tiny country is invaded by a dictator, a young Princess (later known as Rosie) is taken into custody by the Princess Protection Program. She is whisked away to rural Louisiana where she must learn the ins and outs of behaving like a normal American teenager. In the process of adapting to her new life, Rosie gives her new friend and roommate, Carter, a few lessons in how to act with royal aplomb.