The Princess Switch (2018): Netflix Movie Review


When Stacy De Nova, a baker from Chicago, travels to Belgravia with her friend/employee Kevin to take part in the annual Belgravian baking competition, she discovers that she looks just like Duchess Margaret, who is set to marry the Belgravian prince.  Margaret wants to know what it feels like to be a “normal person” and suggests the two secretly switch places for a couple of days, but things get far more complicated that the two could have guessed.

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Cheesy Christmas movies are very popular, as the Hallmark Channel knows very well, so it’s no surprise that Netflix has jumped on board to make some of their own.  This season sees the release of a sequel to their original film A Christmas Prince, as well as Princess Switch, a movie that stars Vanessa Hudgens playing both a duchess from the imaginary Belgravia and a professional baker from Chicago who look like one another and trade places for a couple days.

For full cheesy fun, I have to rate The Princess Switch highly.  It combines a lot of elements viewers love in these types of films: royalty, baking, switching places, shenanigans ensuing when the protagonists fall in love with the “wrong” people. There’s also the charming imaginary kingdom that goes all-out for Christmas and an adorable child who stars alongside the adult characters. Netflix seems to figure that you might as well smash all this together and get the ultimate fun, feel-good film, and they’re not necessarily wrong.

In terms of actual plot there seems to be less at stake in The Princess Switch than there could be.  There are a couple hiccups, but I wouldn’t say there’s a highly dramatic climax.  On one hand, this means the film doesn’t necessarily have the strongest narrative arc and things might feel a bit flat to viewers.  On the other hand, if you’re in the book to just watch something fun and positive, this is a great choice. There are times in my life when I really just don’t want to watch terrible things happens to characters, so keeping things relatively upbeat can be a nice change.

Finally, I think rating this as a Christmas movie is a bit more difficult.  On one hand, I have to admit Christmas is woven in. It happens at Christmas. Belgravia has a fun Christmas village the characters keep visiting.  All the interior settings are decorated.  People talk about Christmas spirit.  Etc.  On the other hand, something about it really did just feel like background scenery to me, and I think the Christmas feeling could have been more strongly infused.

So, should you watch this?  If you like feel good Christmas movies of this type, this will be right up your alley.  If you’re looking for quality cinema, maybe not.  This is fun and fluffy, and I enjoyed it, but I don’t think anyone’s claiming it’s great art.


25 thoughts on “The Princess Switch (2018): Netflix Movie Review

  1. Lori's Bookshelf Reads says:

    I watched it twice and thought it was really good. When I first watching it, I was so emotionally into it that I really hoped that the couples ended up together. I’m so glad there is a happy ending to it. Hopefully there could be a sequel in the future to it.

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  2. Shannon @ Shelfish For Books says:

    I watched it not to long ago myself, and quite enjoyed it. Although I got a lot of second-hand embarrassment from it too! 😬 especially when the duchess and Stacy first decided to switch places and where still working out how to play each other


  3. Paige @ BookishPaige_ says:

    I actually liked it, it seems i like feel-good christmassy movies for this time of the year. I also watched The Christmas Prince sequel too aswell as some other holiday movies that on netflix ^_^


  4. Ali says:

    I’ve watched it twice so far, you’re right sometimes you just need a fluffy Christmas movie without all the drama. Great review!!


  5. Grab the Lapels says:

    They actually reviewed the follow-up to the Prince movie because the first one did so well last year. Who knew! LoL, I sure didn’t. The clips from the second movie they play were just….awful. “But my career!”


    • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

      I saw a trailer for The Royal Wedding, too, and it looked…interesting? Like, why is this woman running a blog about the royal family without their permission and then acting offended when she’s asked to stop? She violating their privacy and probably also some state secrets or something. I kind of assumed she’d no longer have a journalism career after marrying the prince because, really, how can she?


      • Grab the Lapels says:

        I think the lady is supposed to organize things. I get very confused when people have a dream career, or whatever, as if nothing else could possibly happen in their life that would make them happy. Lots of us went to college and realized, “lolz, dream career not for me, includes too much physics” or something like that.


  6. anhdara13 says:

    This sounds like such a fun feel-good film that I am definitely going to watch it. (Plus the trailer just looks super cute. I love these types of cheesy movies, especially at this time of the year!)


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