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Rakishly handsome English Royal Percy has just arrived in America for his long awaited arranged marriage. But, while strolling through San Francisco s Golden Gate Park later that night, he is mugged and wakes the next morning with amnesia. On that same morning, Zoe, a precocious 11-year-old, can t bring herself to dissect a frog in science class, so packs him safely into her lunchbox and sets off for the park instead.
Cue a serendipitous misunderstanding, as Zoe kisses the frog farewell at the water s edge and the Prince awakens nearby Zoe thinks she has turned the frog into a man! With no recollection as to who or where he is, Percy or Flynn as Zoe calls her Prince has no option but to be led back to Zoe s home. She soon realizes that the only way she can keep her Prince is to have Flynn impersonate a potential nanny and convince her beautiful widowed mother, Gwen, to hire him.
With the clock ticking and his Royal family searching for him, Flynn whose memory gradually returns finds himself falling for Gwen. When he is found by his family and his intended future wife, the truth comes out, leaving them all with decisions to make. Can Flynn, Gwen and Zoe make their Valentine s Day dreams come true?
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A young girl(Kiernan Shipka, "Mad Men") saves a frog and imagines that the coincidental finding of an amnesiac "prince" or marquis(Simon Kassianidas) is in fact the frog incarnate. The girl hauls him off in a grocery cart taking him home to hide in her closet- yes, one must suspend reality quickly in this movie- with the plan to matchmake with her lonely, overly organized, widowed mother(Kellie Martin, still alive after "ER").
There's a lot to swallow here. The daughter convinces the mom to keep the man as a nanny- shades of "Family Affair". He is handsome and very properly polite. So, no big deal. Right. And the predictable romance ensues. The problem pops up with his past, and that he is already engaged and of nobility. Will love out?
Kiernan Shipka steals and carries the show; I found the chemistry somewhat lacking between the mom and the prince. Perhaps, the way Kellie Martin plays the mom with such severity dampened it for me. I don't know, maybe it's just me.
It's fun enough and does what's expected of it. I'd give it 3 stars, but for Shipka's energy and the fact, my young daughters like it-> OK, OK 4 stars. Family friendly with background theme of deceased father, a drunk experience with the prince, and frog kissing.
P.S.- Besides the recent Disney "Princess and the Frog", there was also a good musical, difficult to find, starring Aileen Quinn(Annie from "Annie"), Helen Hunt and John Paragon.
Percy is a handsome (once he shaves) royal prince who is having an arranged marriage and is therefore engaged to a woman he doesn't love. After being beat up in the park by two men, he gets amnesia. Zoe, a young girl who loves romantic fairytales, comes across Percy and believes that she has turned a frog that she kissed into the prince (who has webbed toes) from the fairy tales in her books and promptly brings him home. Before her dad died he told her that he wanted her and her mom to someday have another someone special, so she helps Flynn (the frog-prince) by giving him a total makeover and trains him to become her male nanny (a difficult position when your employer is obsessed with detail, lists and organization) and hopefully allow the prince to rescue her mother. However, Zoe's Mom, Gwen, being a single Mom and owner of the family restaurant is too busy to think about anything other than providing for her and her daughter and also can't let go of the memory of her husband to allow herself to be happy again and have fun. Despite Gwen not believing in "magic" Flynn disarms Gwen. He is charming she sees the relationship that he has with her daughter, the love that he has for her and that makes Gwen feel so comfortable with letting him into their lives.Read more ›
Simon Kassianides, as the amnesiac British royal, whom young Zoe thinks she has transformed from a frog to a prince, is superb in his role. Kellie Martin, as Zoe's mother, gives her usual stellar performance. All the supporting players are equally brilliant.
The crucial role, however, is that of Zoe, the young girl, obsessed with a rather hackneyed and unconvincing version of the old fairy tale of "The Frog Prince". Successfully selling the unlikely plot of this movie to a cynical 21st Century audience hinges on the performance of its child star. It requires a unique combination of beauty, vulnerability, charm and acting talent. If any of these factors had been less than perfect, the movie might have failed miserably. Fortunately, Kiernan Shipka has all these qualities and more. Her performance is flawless, and she draws the viewer in, turning an otherwise silly story into a wonderfully moving experience.
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So what budget did they have on this one then? Haha and they packed in a ton of cliches and sprinkled lots on sugar on it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Powers