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The Princess Switch 3 review: Romancing the Star – fun guilty pleasure

November 19, 2021

This Netflix movie The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star review is spoiler-free.

This time of year, as we move into winter, The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star gives us Christmas vibes. Directed by Michael Rohl, this is the third installment of the series The Princess Switch. While I haven’t seen the previous two installments, this movie can be understood as a standalone movie. Also for convenience, it starts with a brief recap of previous events from previous installments which helped me understand how events unfolded.

The film revolves around the theft of a priceless relic, the “Star of Peace”, under the supervision of the royal lookalikes Stacy and Margaret. The Star of Peace is a very precious relic because it belongs to Saint Nicolas and the Vatican lends it to the royal family of Montenaro for display on the occasion of Christmas. As in this state of crisis, Stacy and Margaret turn to their daring double Fiona for help. With the help of Fiona and her partner Peter, how they retrieve the precious relic is the overall story of this film.

Written by Robin Bernheim Burger, the film itself is pretty straightforward. But there are all the elements for a spicy Christmas movie. There are the protagonists (in this case, three lookalikes all played by Vanessa Hudgens), a dashing antagonist, a romance, a few cheesy lines of dialogue, and a slapstick comedy. Despite all of these tropes, the storyline is predictable and cliché from start to finish. Characters have less meat and the focus on what they wear becomes more important than character development. A gruesome example of this is the character of the antagonist, Hunter Cunard, who is considered a key figure in the film but criminally failed to bring his true colors to life.

Vanessa Hudgens does her best with three different characters in the triple role, but her acting is too inconsistent. Sometimes she does it perfectly and sometimes it goes wrong. The two key male characters played by Sam Palladio and Nick Sagar have nothing else to do but receive kisses from the female character. Remy Hii, Fiona’s ex and a close associate, looks dashing in the film, but his straight face and lack of expression make the character a mess.

While the movie has all of these flaws, it’s quite a pleasurable guilty pleasure for me after so long. As I’m Indian, I’m quite fascinated by the idea that this kind of costumed drama (less meat and more costumes) that I see since my childhood in Bollywood movies. It reminds me of nostalgia, which makes it a guilty pleasure fun to watch.

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