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(2004), PG
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
April 2, 2004
72 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(204), PG -- ... stay indoors and go to the rear racks at the library ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Martha Coolidge
Producer(s): Mark Amin, Mike Elliott, Jeffrey Lampert, Jeffrey Lampert, David Minkowski, Robin Schorr, Matthew Stillman, Cami Winikoff
Story: Mark Amin, Katherine Fugate
Screenplay: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler, Katherine Fugate
Cinematography/Camera: Alex Nepomniaschy
Music: Matt Dunkley, Jennie Muskett
Film Editing: Steven Cohen, Audrey Evans
Casting: Kerry Barden, Mark Bennett, Nancy Bishop, Robin D. Cook, Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Smith, Gail Stevens
Production Design: James H. Spencer
Art Direction: Ondrej Nekvasil, Vlasta Svoboda
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Paige Morgan (Julia Stiles) is very focused with her sights set on medical school and little time for social life. Entered the picture was the Prince of Denmark, Prince Edward Valdemar Dangaard (Luke Mably) who left his royal crib to seek freedom from the rigorous rule of his parents, the understanding King Haraald (James Fox) and overbearing Queen Rosalind (Miranda Richardson), and of his position which will soon make him the king of Denmark, a 1200 year old nation of tradition.

After changing his princely identity to that of a pauper, to "Eddie", the Dane bumbled his way to Wisconsin and into meeting Paige as a waitress. After seeing US commercials about the level of sexual freedom here, thinking all women are loose like those in the commercials (do tell) Eddie decided to try for a share of loose lady treats by asking Paige, though in drunken humor, to take off her top [Eph. 5:4; Rom. 13:13]. Properly indignant about the perverted request, Paige duly cast Eddie off to no-no land. But he doesn't give up.

Eddie, with all the wisdom sex ads can give, took the rejection "No" as a "Maybe Yes" and enrolled in Wisconsin University with Paige and the same Chemistry class as Paige. Also reporting to Wisconsin, the class and everywhere else with Eddie was royal valet Soren (Ben Miller). Mummy would not have her adult little boy traipsing the world without some form of supervision. So, Soren went with Eddie.

Entering the classroom for the first time and late, Eddie was taken with seeing Paige again and interrupted the class with Soren at his side. While arguing with Soren to wait outside, the professor throws a rude comment about an implied love affair between Eddie and Soren; that it would be best taken outside of the classroom

Still playing the pauper, Eddie launched a variety of campaigns and techniques to win Paige and to fulfill his single-minded intent. One technique was not really a ruse but it got Paige involved. Eddie tried his hand at doing his own laundry for the first time in his life. After dismal failure it was Paige to the rescue. Though Eddie's surface was polite and pleasant, when one's intent clearly defined from the start is to conquer sexually, it is treachery rather than politeness. Oh, how we have paved the way to sexual immorality, thinking all the while we are pure and noble with no guilt. We have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. [2 Tim. 3:1]

The pauper tried a couple dozen other techniques until Paige's gal friend told Paige that if she did not invited the dashing dude to go home with her for the thanksgiving Day holiday that she would. With impeccable timing as Paige's friend was in the middle of her sentence of inviting Eddie to come home with her, Paige interrupted with an invitation to come home with her.

Eddie found Americana in Manitoc, Wisconsin. Paige's parents parents, Ben and Amy Morgan (John Bourgeois and Alberta Watson) were hard-working dairy farmers. Eddie also met Paige's brother, Mike (Stephen O'Reilly) who was bristling at this male thing prancing about his sister. Mike was at that age that he knew exactly what Eddie was after. Eddie got to meet a little more Americana in the persons of a couple of the local top dogs. Eddie raced one of them on lawn tractors, beat him, got in a fight with him (and a number of other locals who jump in) and limped off to the Morgans' place with Paige on the back of the winning lawn tractor to lick his wounds ... and milked every minute of it.

There is a lot more tha could be said about the plot and story but ....

Eddie tries to make the relationship sexual from his first paragraph with Paige. He continues to try to make it sexual and almost succeeds. There you have the very picture of the modern male critter; the seeker of conquest, the aggressor, the hunter. In the movies anyway. Even PG movies. With such entertainment targeted at our pubescent population, we are reaping what we sow when we hear of stories of the PG age stratum of 12 and 13 year old boys taking same-aged girls behind the skating rink to have sex [Luke 17:2]. God [and His Word] will not be mocked. We reap what we sow [Gal.6:7]. And there is no ... way ... around ... it.

A woman with a man stripped to his waist making out then getting interrupted before it gets to the intended goal. Partially masked nudity in college porn ads on TV. A male wearing only his his underwear before a woman. (Even the writers had the woman ask him to at least put on a shirt.) The same actor wearing the underwear was also showing below navel skin to the point it threatened exposure of more. Do you want your kids to hear about a man wanting a woman to take off her top AND asking her to do so twice? [Gal. 5:19] And do you want them to hear five uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary in and as entertainment? [Col. 3:8] If so, have at it in The Prince & Me. It is indeed targeted at tweenage girls.

From the 1986 Attorney General's Commission report by Dr. Jennings Bryant, regarding exposure to sexual entertainment: "...two-thirds of the males and 40% of the females reported wanting to try out some of the behaviors they had witnessed." ... "31% of males and 18% of the females admitted doing some of the things sexually they had seen." ... "This clearly suggests the modeling-effect or imitative-learning effect, as well as triggering effect." Though the population of the above report were of high school age and though the report was speaking to exposure to pornographic entertainment, who is to say younger kids are not also subject to the modeling effect by less graphic exposure? Who is to say such sexual behaviors as in The Prince & Me will not trigger feelings in younger children once they finally hit puberty that such behavior is acceptable or even expected? [again Luke 17:2]

And this movie has even more to say to your young ones, the target audience: that immoral sex is an inevitable, necessary and even integral part of any relationship.

If I sound angry, I am. Angry at what we are doing TO our kids in the name of entertainment [again Luke 17:2; Matt. 25:40]. One might think "Gimme a break! It's PG!" When I stop hearing reports such as kids sneaking behind the skating rink to have sex then I will back off. But maybe now that they will be exposed to yet more sexual irresponsibility in and as entertainment they will stay indoors and go to the rear racks at the library.

The movie did earn a final score mathematically equivalent to PG movies in the comparative baseline database but the scoring is entirely objective. I am deeply offended by saturating our kids with, for example, sexual immorality and personally wish this movie got an R score, but while this Summary/Commentary section is precisely that -- a summary in commentary format -- which can be and sometimes is subjective, the Findings/Scoring section is mathematically objective and entirely insulated from my personal feelings as expressed above. The Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP analysis model) therefore could not care less about my ire in the matter. I sometimes wish it could but it can't. I am earnestly looking forward to when we can afford to run scoring trending on PG movies as we have with PG-13 movies which revealed more than 60% of the PG-13 movies analyzed earned scores that R-rated movies earn . I suspect PG movie scores will also mathematically reveal coarsening of content as did PG-13 movies.

In the envelope of a donations from G&KH received just today was a delightful smiley face card that said "Jesus loves you..." In it was the following inscription: "Thank you for your wonderful ministry. Your honest analysis of movies has tremendously helped with "date night", gifts, and what we will allow in our home." I cannot speak for G&KH or anyone else but this movie will not be allowed in our home with six kids, of which one of the girls turns 12 tomorrow (Monday) and another of our girls turned 10 just a couple weeks ago. Tweenagers for sure. The Prince & Me is one tweenage movie they will not see. Not at home anyway. [Matt. 18:10] That it doesn't show anything does not mean it does not say anything.

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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Rom. 13:13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
  • 2 Tim. 3:1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: 1) to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of (which includes abuse, even by influence). What to you want the angels for your kids to say to God?]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    The Prince & Me (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • reckless vehicular endangerment, twice
  • racing on public roads
  • fighting

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • five uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • cheating to lose
  • son yelling at mother
  • rudeness
  • cheating, twice
  • overbearing mother

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • exhibitionism on TV with partial nudity (porn ads)
  • talk of desire for a girl to take off her shirt
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • homosexual suggestion
  • blouse open enough to show underwear, repeatedly
  • adult in underwear, twice
  • below navel skin, male, threatening to exposing that which lies beneath, twice
  • gaping face kissing, repeatedly
  • suggestion to go to the STACKS (to the rear racks at the library to be alone), twice
  • making out
  • co-stripping for sex, interrupted in time
  • woman on man, briefly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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