Once upon a time
a young Prince Dauntless was constantly courted by wannabe brides.
However, none of these fair young ladies were princess-y enough for Daunty's overbearing mother.
"You can tell a lady by her elegant hair,
But a genuine princess is rare."
Unfortunately, the queen's picky behavior doesn't only keep her son single, it also keeps every other young lover unwed.
Which could be a problem for the lovely Lady Larkin
(Played by Zooey Deschanel!!),
and the stalwart Sir Harry.
(Note: Not Prince Harry, Sir Harry.)
Due to a "moment of weakness", the lady is now expecting, and if they can't get married before someone notices, the couple's in some big trouble.
So Sir Harry sets off to find a real princess for Dauntless to marry. He returns with.. Well.. Fred.
Princess Winifred is from the swamps, which may explain her swimming the moat,and other such oddities.
Needless to say, the queen is not impressed.
"Goodbye, good luck, get out."
But Dauntless has fallen in love and insists his mother tests Princess Fred the same as all the other girls.
So she does. Well, maybe not the *exact* same way she tests the others..
This test involves a pea. And twenty feather mattresses. And a little cheating on both the queen and Sir Harry's part.
(Ironically the cheating didn't change the results either way.)
And so the story goes.
While this movie had tons going for it, it also had quite a few negatives.
Obviously the fact that Lady Larkin is pregnant out of wedlock is not really adding any positive messages.
(Though they are trying to get married.)
The Lord's name is abused in song and speech several times.
Modesty wise, I don't think anyone ever wanted to see that much of Carol Brunette. And there are a couple other dresses as well.
I'm not sure if others would consider this a negative.. Probably not.. But the song when Dauntless's father attempts to explain "the flowers and the bees" to his son, was, at the least, awkward to watch.
It was a cute movie.
Some of the songs were fantabulous.
I loved the Happily Ever After song Fred sings.
And the Shy song.
And the Normandy song Lady Larkin and Sir Harry sing.
(Gotta love Zooey's voice.)
Lady Larkin's dress was gorgeous, and the overall story was very funny. The King may have been my favorite character.
Over all it gets
3 and a half stars
I think I may already own this movie..
Probably in the homeschool room.. Which is why it's never seen the light of day..
(Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about. Everyone has a room like that..)