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Princess Caraboo charms all who meet her. Everyone is intrigued by her. Just who is she and where is she from? The Greek butler (Kevin Kline) thinks that she is an imposter. The aristocratic couple ( Jim Broadbent and Wendy Hughes), who virtually adopt her, believe her to be the real deal. The skeptical academic (John Lithgow), who specializes in Southeastern Asian languages and dialects and was brought in to try and determine her origin, is not immune to the charm of Princess Caraboo. Even the intrepid reporter, Mr. Gutch (Stephen Rea), who is onto something that may reveal the mystery of Princess Caraboo, falls under her spell.
Phoebe Cates outdid herself, giving a wonderful performance in an inherently difficult role that calls for speaking very little, and when she does speak it is, for the most part, to utter what sounds like gibberish. She is very expressive and totally charms the viewer. Jim Broadbent and Wendy Hughes are terrific as the aristocratic couple. Kevin Kline gives an over the top performance as the wily Greek butler. John Lithgow is outstanding as the academic and drolly funny. Stephen Rea is wonderful as the conflicted reporter, giving a well nuanced and sensitive performance. All in all, this is a perfectly delightful film that is suitable for the entire family.
The DVD itself offers high quality visuals and audio, but offers no special features or bonus extras.
The fairy tale is the more compelling of the two aspects, which makes this movie a wonderful film for adults and children alike. Cates' unswerving imperial manner juxtaposed with her childlike wonder are engrossing not only to us, the audience, but to the people swept up in her adventure, especially the wonderful Stephen Rea as a cynical journalist transformed by her strength and beauty.
The social commentary is touched upon only lightly and occasionally, making the resolution to the question of the princess somewhat of a letdown; we aren't really given anough information to understand how she got to where she did. (Sorry for the vagueness -- I'm avoiding spoilers, here.) However, the concurrent resolution of the problems of Mrs. Warren, the kind lady who took in the princess, is worth whatever confusion or incompleteness there might be.
Overall, this is a delightful story for all ages, which sparks the imagination and holds your interest until the very last moment.
I don't know how I was introduced to this film in the first place, but I suspect it was on a "Manager's Picks" shelf at a local video store. Very, very worthwhile and engaging film.
The whole cast perform wonderfully; the camera-work is a delight; the story is enchanting. If you haven't seen it, why, remedy this appalling oversight immediately!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this film. The only drawback is the incessant discussions among the characters with not enough action....Published 8 days ago by Francesmeansfree
Phoebe Cates is great. A lovely woman and much better than average actor. Her husband, Kevin Kline, is an excellent actor. Have yet to see him in a part he has not mastered. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joe
If you loved seeing more of Phoebe Cates in Fast Times in Ridgemont High, you will absolutely not mind seeing her covered up here. She is beautiful. Read morePublished 10 months ago by I. silverman
Wonderful picture based upon A TRUE PERSON AND HER story is fantastic.Published 14 months ago by David A. Richards
A completely entertaining movie. Even with a strong supporting cast Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline stand out with excellent portrayals. Highly recommended. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lassiter Thompson
This overlooked gem is a true delight for a range of viewers. You get the feeling it was a labor of love for all involved-- and what a cast. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Evelyn M. Walsh