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The Princess Switch: Switched Again: A Review

The Princess Switch: Switched Again written by Robin Bernheim and Megan Metzger
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

I went into this movie knowing it was bad, however the first movie was one that I enjoyed last year, so I felt that I should give it a chance. I kept myself from reading or watching any of the reviews to attempt to make a fair judgement about it and, since my expectations were really low, my assessment was that it was not that bad.

Sure, the accents are not great, but at one point, Margaret tells who she thinks is Stacy that her accent is much better (was that a self-aware jab?). Also, side note, why do they have British-type accents as they are both rulers of various kingdoms in Europe that are not the United Kingdom. And the introduction of a third lookalike character was completely unnecessary. Yet, there were some sweet “Hallmark” moments and even a couple of funny things (particularly when Frank ninja chopped one of Fiona’s minions, I’ll admit, I chuckled).

The main plot of this particular sequel is that Margaret Delacourt, the royal who convinced baker Stacy to switch in the first movie, is becoming queen. And the relationship with her love interest from the first movie, Kevin, has ended. So, they needed some way to get them back together, so here is Fiona who is a cousin that magically also looks like Margaret who plots a switch of her own in order to get access to the royal bank account. I felt like this was very convoluted and complicated. I know it would have been boring, but if you just took out the Fiona part of the puzzle, it would have played out fine.

And also, why always make the “Antonio” type character, the other possible love interest for Margaret, shady? Margaret could still have stood on her own as queen and made the same decision. His “Hans from Frozen” kind of flip towards the end was kind of weird. Margaret realizes she is in love with Kevin, that it wouldn’t work with Antonio. She could have made that decision without Antonio being a bad character.

It could have been written better. The plot could have been complicated in other ways. It was a disappointing sequel that probably closed the door to any more (which is probably for the best).

No profanity. Chaste kissing and romantic situations. Violent content includes kidnapping with some type of drugging, but mostly slapstick type violence, punching, rolling large casks, karate chop to the neck.

Dash & Lily: A Review

Dash & Lily directed by Fred Savage, Pamela Romanowsky, Brad Silberling
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Yay for more Christmas content (and get ready for more this month, obviously)! This show has all the elements I could possibly want in a cheesy, romantic Christmas movie. This was also the first Christmas themed show that wasn’t a movie, but instead used the TV episodic format to really develop the characters further.

Dash is alone on Christmas. His divorced parents both think he is with the other, so he stays at his dad’s bachelor pad, planning to celebrate the holidays breaking into his dad’s liquor cabinet, catching up on reading, and hanging out at a local pizza place where his best friend works. He hates Christmas.

Lily, on the other hand, loves Christmas. But this year, her parents are going to Fiji for a second honeymoon, so she throws herself into the Christmas holidays. And most of her friends, okay all of her friends, are adults. She seems happy on the outside, but there is more to her story than first impressions.

I loved the story. The fact that it begins with a scavenger hunt through The Strand (a popular indie bookstore in New York). That it continues to explore New York City through various dares written in this book. The friendship to lovers trope. And themes about not just being yourself, but being confident in who you are, and not get caught in how things are supposed to be.

There may be a few words of profanity, but it is not significant. Sexual content includes suggestive scenes of walking in on her brother and a boy under the sheets, some kissing, and lewd humor. There isn’t really any violent content, though Lily does attack a snowman at one point.