A Christmas switcheroo in ‘The Princess Switch’


When a Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess run into each other and find they look like twins, they agree to switch places for a couple of days leading up to Christmas. Through their plan, they find unexpected sparks of romance.

Who wouldn’t want to become royalty? The Netflix original, “The Princess Switch,” is among many adaptations to Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper” where, originally, a poor boy switches lives with a prince.

“The Princess Switch” stars Vanessa Hudgens as Stacy, the backer, and as Margaret, a duchess who is about to marry a prince. Stacy goes abroad to enter a baking contest, and while she’s at rehearsal, she runs into Margaret. It is Margaret’s idea for them to switch lives for a couple days, because she wishes to experience a “normal life” before getting married.

While they lived as each other, both Stacy and Margaret did not expect to fall in love. As they realize their new found love isn’t realistic and that they would have switch back eventually, Stacy and Margaret both  try to make the best out of the time they have left in a world not belonging to them.

For the most part, the movie was enjoyable. The plot is a classic, and the characters made the scenario entertaining to watch.

A lot of people know Vanessa Hudgens from “High School Musical,” and it was nostalgic to see her in another film. She plays two contrasting characters. Stacy is uptight and follows a strict plan, while Margaret is free spirited, but she has a duty to fulfill as a duchess.

An element that failed in the movie is the climax. The movie has potential towards the “breaking point,” but the reveal of them switching places is underwhelming.

It’s expected that the prince and the sous chef would be mad at the girls for fooling them, but instead it was a happy ending. It was too much of a joyous reunion after they switched back to their original places.

The climax is where the movie should get interesting as the conflict builds up and everything is about to be revealed. The sous chef’s daughter and the queen had both found out about the switcheroo, but neither of them did much to add conflict.

The most the queen did was tell Margaret, after the switch to her original place, she had to go to the baking competition as a judge. Here, the conflict is all lined up for everything to be revealed, yet there is little conflict.

With the holidays approaching, Christmas movies are coming back on television, making their way in the spotlight. There are a wide variety of them, and although most of them are cliche and cringey, there are a few that get a standing ovation.

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)