×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Princess Protection Program

"Princess Protection Program" is as light as a summer breeze on the Louisiana bayou.

With:
Carter Mason - Selena Gomez Rosalinda Marie Montoya Fiore/Rosie - Demi Lovato Joe Mason - Tom Verica Ed - Nicholas Braun Chelsea - Jamie Chung Brooke - Samantha Droke Donny - Robert Adamson

Princess Protection Program” is as light as a summer breeze on the Louisiana bayou — the perfect vehicle to further showcase Disney’s newest franchise stars, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. A fairy-tale story of an imperiled princess and the tomboy who befriends her, the pic should be a hit with the channel’s target audience — it’s even touched by the Jonas Brothers, who co-wrote one of the pic’s signature songs, “Two Worlds Collide,” with Lovato.

It’s been a while since Disney has had two promising young stars so equally matched in charm and appeal to promote at the same time. While this original adventure/comedy doesn’t stray far from the usual promotional model — look cute, cut a few singles for Radio Disney, include some kind of fashion show sequence — writer Annie DeYoung ultimately throws in a nice message for young girls about self-esteem.

Carter Mason (Gomez) works the bait shop in her small hometown of Lake Monroe, Louisiana, while Dad (Tom Verica) works special ops for a secret agency known simply as the PPP. Turns out the world’s royal families created the Princess Protection Program in order to safeguard their own from myriad threats, the most current being a political coup on the island of Costa Luna.

Said island’s princess, Rosalinda Marie Montoya Fiore (Lovato), must go into hiding until the danger can be eliminated and she can finally be crowned queen. After a quick haircut and wardrobe change, “Rosie” is thrown into life on the Bayou under the protection of Agent Manson. It’s not exactly a perfect fit. Princesses, secret or not, don’t simply blend into typical teenage life.

DeYoung’s story has the usual teenage subplots about mean girls, misplaced affections and typical high-school horrors, although director Allison Liddi-Brown deftly picks on up some smaller emotional moments. Carter’s longing for a mother long gone and Rosie’s inherent desire to help others lends a good deal of poignancy. It’s a cute running gag that a polite teenager who respects her elders would stand out so terribly in a typical high school. Even better is when the young girls who get to know Rosie, especially Carter, benefit from her philanthropic influences.

As the story picks up, the two girls learn to work together to foil the villains’ plans.

Sure, it’s fantasy: Costa Luna looks a lot like Beverly Hills, the mean girls of Lake Monroe are far more threatening than the dictator trying to take over Costa Luna, and prison or work farms are the worst that could happen in a political coup. Still, taken exactly for what it is, this “Program” works.

Princess Protection Program

Movie; Disney Channel, Fri., June 26, 8 p.m.

Production: Filmed in San Juan, Puerto Rico by Rainforest Prods. Executive producer, Douglas Sloan; producer, Danielle Weinstock; director, Allison Liddi-Brown; writer, Annie DeYoung; story, David Morgasen, Annie DeYoung;

Crew: Camera, David A. Makin; editor, Mark Conte; music, John Van Tongeren; casting, Sally Stiner, Barbie Block. 120 MIN.

Cast: Carter Mason - Selena Gomez Rosalinda Marie Montoya Fiore/Rosie - Demi Lovato Joe Mason - Tom Verica Ed - Nicholas Braun Chelsea - Jamie Chung Brooke - Samantha Droke Donny - Robert Adamson

More TV

  • HBO Asia and Catchplay Team up

    HBO Asia and Catchplay Team up for ‘The World Between Us’

    Pan-regional pay-TV group HBO Asia and Taiwan-based streaming video company Catchplay are to jointly distribute Taiwanese crime drama “The World Between Us.” The 10-part series will air from March. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Lin Chun-Yang (“The Soul If Bread”) and written by the Lu Shih-Yuan (“Dear Ex”), “World” plunges into the aftermath of a mass [...]

  • BTF Media, Vince Gerardis Pact Sign

    NATPE: BTF Media, Vince Gerardis Pact for Six Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

    MIAMI — BTF Media, producer of breakout series “Hasta Que te Conocí” and “El Secreto de Selena,” is teaming with Vince Gerardis, a co-executive producer with George Martin on “Game of Thrones,” on a six-project co-production alliance. Spearheaded at BTF Media by founder-partner Ricardo Coeto, the agreement takes in the development and co-production of the [...]

  • First Look at SAG Awards' Cuban

    First Look at SAG Awards' Cuban-Inspired After-Party (EXCLUSIVE)

    Celebrities at this year’s SAG Awards won’t have to go far for some tropical fun. Sunday’s annual post-show gala, hosted by People magazine for the 23rd year, is set to feature a Cuban-themed party space adjacent to the Shrine Auditorium. “We’re kind of going back to more of a thematic element. I have some close [...]

  • Young Tony Soprano in 'Sopranos' Movie:

    James Gandolfini's Son Michael Gandolfini Cast as Tony Soprano in 'Sopranos' Movie

    Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, will play the young Tony Soprano in “The Many Saints of Newark,” the  prequel movie to the television series “The Sopranos.” “It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Gandolfini said. “I’m thrilled that I am [...]

  • Ray Romano

    TV Roundup: Netflix Releases First Trailer For New Ray Romano Stand Up Special (Watch)

    In today’s TV News Roundup, Netflix teases new stand up special “Ray Romano: Right Here, Around The Corner.” FIRST LOOKS Ray Romano returns for his first stand up comedy special in 23 years with “Ray Romano: Right Here, Around The Corner.” Doing two shows in one night in Manhattan, Romano riffs on friends, marriage, and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content