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Formulaic, but sure to please the legiion of Disney Channel fans,
This review is from: Princess Protection Program (Royal B.F.F. Extended Edition) (DVD)
Princess Protection Program doesn't really have to have a story, as long as there's a shopping scene set to hot music, a wacky mess scene, a mismatched pair that get to like each other and a not-too-hazardous denoument where girl power saves the day. Add the standard heroic, handsome dad (but only attractive in an "old people" way 'cause otherwise it would be ewwww), assorted mean girls and cute boys, shake well and you have a hit for the J-14 market. To paraphrase Carly Simon, nobody does it better than Disney Channel.
Sally Field-ish sprite Demi Lovato (please someone do a remake of The Flying Nun with this young star!) and snappy but not too caustic Selena Gomez stay true to the onscreen personas established by their respective TV series, though one wonders why they didn't mix things up a little by having Lovato play the eye-rolling American tween and Gomez play the affected princess, who doesn't use contractions much like Barbara Eden did on I Dream Of Jeannie ("Master, are you not pleased?" "Major Healey, do you not think my master would like me to blink an elephant into his office?")
It's still grand movie matinee fun that stretches logic and story sense with the same elán that The Monkey's Uncle did for Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk. You never worry for a minute about anyone being in serious danger and the biggest hazard besides snarky rival girls is yogurt. My daughter loved it, so case closed.
The DVD does not include too much that we didn't see on Disney Channel interstitials, including the "aren't we the best of friends" segment that was brought to fever pitch on premiere night when the two BFFs hosted the movie and had oh-so-much fun.
Sort of like Gidget and LaRue.
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Initial post: Oct 25, 2014 4:20:04 PM PDT
Very funny review. I think you had me at the I Dream of Jeanie comments. Sounds like my 8 yr old will love it.
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