Hallmark has joined in on the princess trend.
There are a ton of Hallmark movies that feature princes or princesses and this is one of them that I happened to watch.
So the general gist of this movie is that Mandy (our heroine) is working for this unrealistic mean lady named Deirdre who is a publicist. Deirdre is the type who doesn’t want to give Mandy a promotion because Mandy likes to put ketchup in the refrigerator which obviously means that she’s a follower not one of those people who’s OCD about getting food poisoning.
I know, right? But you see because restaurants leave the ketchup out all the time that must mean all those labels that the company puts on said ketchup are wrong and like if you follow them you’re doomed to be someone’s PA for the rest of your life.
That’s literally the first twenty minutes of this movie.
By that point in the movie, if I was Mandy I quit my job and send Deirdre about one hundred of those little packets you get at the fast food restaurants that always end up either getting on your clothes or causing food poisoning. Of course, this isn’t what happens. Rather, Deirdre pushes Mandy around to cancel her vacation and they end up babysitting a Prince Harry Wannabe who ends up finding Mandy irresistible while she pretends to be Deirdre. But of course complications arise since Mandy is pretending to be her mean boss and Prince Harry Wannabe is engaged.
I am a sucker for royalty themed shows and movies, so when I flipped through the channels the other night I recorded this one. It’s not terrible if your just watching it in passing but the more you think about it, it sucks.
I think the first thing I will mention is that this movie was very cheaply made. No big shock there, it’s a Hallmark movie. But everything about this movie rings cheap: the writing, the costumes, etc.
There are so many plot holes in this sucker, it’s not even funny. I mean, first of all I didn’t even know why Mandy pretended to be Deirdre. There was no point, Deirdre asked her to take over, so I don’t know what purpose it gave the film except to add useless conflict and to almost get Mandy fired.
As for Deirdre.
This character has no consistency. For most of the movie, we’re supposed to view her as an evil bitch, but then she ends up being sort of a fairy godmother to Mandy at the end despite the fact she’s the one who put Mandy’s life in the shitter any way.
Well, her and the evil prince’s fiancee.
Really, again most of the conflict in this movie seems manufactured at best.
As for Prince Colin, I think they tried to portray him as a Prince Harry type but who has the responsibility of Wills. Honestly, all of his antics really don’t come off as much and I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why his country sent him to Podunk-ville (I forgot the name of the “charming” Idaho small town with a five star resort rapped in the middle of it was called, so since Hallmark want it to show it as being some sort of Podunk-ville that’s what I’m referring to it as). He’s not that bad of a male lead, a little too judging but interesting to look at. His chemistry with Mandy was alright, I guess, but I never got the purpose of the evil girlfriend only to be dubbed an “obstacle”.
So all and all, the writing was bad but what you expect from a movie like this. Enjoyable and passable for me, who has been filling a bit off kilter this weekend but the more I thought about it the more annoyed I got. Like, there were some really hideous costumes in this one that apparently was deemed to be a prom dress-no self respecting teen would’ve worn said prom dress unless they were either a member of a religious commune or attended the prom back in the early 80’s. And the queen’s tiara was a hot mess as well.
Like I said before, the prince was cute but bland. I wish the real Prince Harry was an actor because maybe then I’d actually care more about the prince’s acting. That being said, I did like it when he was swimming laps in the pool. I guess that’s how they got the title for the movie.
OMG Hallmark Moment:
I was actually hoping for a Lifetime female empowerment moment with the evil boss, but it never happened. I think the closest we got to this movie was when the prince told off his evil fiancee but that was sort of a let down.
Dean Cain Rating:
This one is pretty average. Like I said, it was good enough to take a nap to on a Sunday afternoon, but it’s going off the DVR as soon as I publish this review. And yeah, still keeping my ketchup in the refrigerator.