The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

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(L-R). Vanessa Hudgens as Princess Stacy, Vanessa Hudgens as Fiona, Vanessa Hudgens as Queen Margaret in The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star.
(L-R). Vanessa Hudgens as Princess Stacy, Vanessa Hudgens as Fiona, Vanessa Hudgens as Queen Margaret in The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star.
Photo: Mark Mainz/Netflix

MOVIE:

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

WHERE TO WATCH:

Netflix

OUR RATING:

3/5 Stars

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:

When a priceless Christmas relic is stolen, royal look-alikes Margaret and Stacy turn to audacious doppelganger Fiona - and her dashing ex - for help.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

Vanessa Hudgens, and Vanessa Hudgens and Vanessa Hudgens, are all back for the third Princess Switch film. I don't know what it is about these movies, but I freakin' love them! This isn't a blockbuster film, we know this, and you don't have to think long and hard about Romancing the Star, though the third instalment in the franchise has a helluva lot of heart. What you see is what you get with these movies – and I'm okay with that.

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star sees Vanessa Hudgens and all three of her characters return to the Netflix Holiday Cinematic Universe. The regal Margaret, now queen of Montenaro, is living happily with her prince, Kevin (Nick Sagar). Stacy, Princess of Belgravia, is working with Margaret and navigating married life with Prince Edward (Sam Palladio), and then there's Fiona.

After her escapades in The Princess Switch: Switched Again, Fiona is repaying her debt to society when she's called upon by Margaret and Stacy, who require her unique set of skills to retrieve a precious Christmas star, which was stolen, and is to go atop a giant Christmas tree before the town in a festive celebration. A remorseful Fiona, and her minions, agree to help. So too does a former love of hers, Peter (Remy Hii).

At this point, I'd like to give Netflix 10/10 for the diversity and easy-on-the-eyes casting of all three of Vanessa Hudgens' princes. Peter Maxwell can be my Prince Charming.

But I can feel myself digressing, back to the film.

With the help of Peter, Fiona and the crew stage a heist to retrieve the star, resulting in one grand scheme, with a few lessons learned along the way.

The film, again, follows the same sort of premise, and Margaret, Stacy and Fiona have to switch places to pull it off. Only, this time, the scheme is bigger, making the film so much more entertaining, and you have to hand it to our star, Vanessa Hudgens, who's really convincing at playing someone else playing someone else. This is her film, or rather, Fiona's, as we learn so much more about her garish character.

If you've seen the second film, you'll have familiarised yourself with Fiona – a cartoonish character exaggerated by Vanessa Hudgens' portrayal. But you learn to love and understand her, in the third film. And her story carries an important message of forgiveness and making the most of the time we have with those we love – a universal theme I'm sure many will relate to, particularly around this time of the year, and considering the past two years we've had.

I realise it seems like I only have nice things to say about this movie when there are so many flaws in reality. It's predictable, implausible and really, very average. Much like a Lifetime movie, it's just okay, and I can't imagine three whole films in this franchise had it not been for the Netflix platform. But I'm more than happy to watch a fun movie that sees everyone come together in the end for sheer entertainment. Again, after the year we've had and a brand new variant in our midst, this is precisely the kind of content we need.

Let's face it, 2020 was terrible. But 2021 is every bit the bad bitch she thinks she is. So why not watch the unassuming Princess Switch 3 that isn't out here pretending to be something she's not, but doing exactly what she intended to do: entertain. Watch it – I had no regrets. Thank you, Vanessa Hudgens, and Vanessa Hudgens and Vanessa Hudgens.

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