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‘The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star’ Review

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The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star (L-R). Sam Palladio as Prince Edward, Vanessa Hudgens as Princess Stacy, Vanessa Hudgens as Queen Margaret, Nick Sagar as Prince Kevin, Florence Hall as Mindy, Ricky Norwood as Reggie, Vanessa Hudgens as Fiona in The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star. Cr. Mark Mainz/NETFLIX © 2021
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In an unsurprising turn of events, Netflix’s The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star is just as ridiculous as the franchise’s former films. Still, the established relationships continue to be sweet, while the new budding romance is…hot. These films aren’t good, and I’m not going to pretend they are; moreover, I almost hate how entertaining they continue to be.

Still, Vanessa Hudgens somehow continues to be ridiculously enamoring, and Fiona is somehow the perfect addition to the now threeway switcheroo. Hudgens’ accent might be cringeworthy at times, but her means of switching back and forth between the three leading ladies is stunning, nevertheless.

The Princess Switch 3: The One With All the Moves

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The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star (L-R). Remy Hii as Peter Maxwell, Vanessa Hudgens as Fiona in The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star. Cr. Mark Mainz/NETFLIX © 2021
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The film might as well be titled the one with all the moves. The specific scenes between Fiona and Peter (Remy Hii) and the lasers are just the kind of scenes I want to replay repeatedly—plus, each of their dances is better than the one before. This new love story is a kind of childhood best friends to lovers trope I could get behind. Considering there is a delicious form of tension between them, and they had a falling out, the relationship works in bringing out Fiona’s vulnerabilities.

The spy/action elements in this film might just be my favorite yet. The laser bits, sneaking around, it adds in the kind of tension that’s so easy to root for. You knew from the very beginning Peter and Fiona were meant to be, and up until that last second, it was easy to hope that he would return.

Fiona learning not to shut people out while forgiving her mother and realizing her true feelings for Peter made for a special kind of story that shouldn’t have worked, but it does. Another wedding? I won’t say no.

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. Cr. Mark Mainz/NETFLIX © 2021
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At the end of the day, much like all Christmas movies, the story’s core is about family, and while one more lookalike only perpetuates the chaos, there could not have been any other way in this film. The dynamics were fun enough to work, and with her internal conflict, Fiona’s endgame feels believable.

The costumes remain stunning, I’m still envious of the castle decor, and I remain begrudgingly attached to The Princess Switch franchise, no matter how cheesy. There isn’t nearly enough of Kevin and Margaret in this one, and yes, I’ll complain about it. We could always use more.

Adding into the party of four works so well with the kind of redemptive arc we get with Fiona and her mother and peter. It brings in way more drama than they needed, but in a film series like this, the more the merrier could not be more accurate as a concept. The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star is as ridiculous as expected but somehow, not as bad as the first, and maybe because at this point, we expect it all. We know it’s going to pure insanity and we’re 100% here for it.

Lavishly entertaining and over-the-top, The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star is now streaming on Netflix.

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