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Princess Switch 2 sees Netflix’s Christmas Queen Vanessa Hudgens drop more smut in your stocking

NOTEtflix’s latest addition to the nerdy, low-budget Christmas movie canon – which I’m usually a huge fan of – is only about an hour and a half long, but it feels much, much longer. Whether that’s a good thing or not depends on your interest in watching Vanessa Hudgens trying out a bunch of different accents with varying degrees of success.

The Princess Switch: switched again, available on streaming platform now, follows 2018 Princess Switch, in which Disney Channel alumnus Hudgens plays identical cousins ​​who meet by chance in a foreign country.

Utterly predictable romantic hijinks and intrigues ensue as Stacy, a Chicago baker played by Hudgens, changes places with Margaret, a duchess from the fictional Belgravia, also played by Hudgens. The big twist of the sequel is that in addition to Stacy and Margaret, Hudgens takes on the role of a new third cousin, but she’s mean and they put her in a blonde wig to make it look more believable, I suppose?

The film begins as these types of films often do – with five consecutive minutes of shameless exposure to set the scene. “You probably remember me,” says Hudgens. “I’m Stacy, this baker from Chicago who flew to Belgravia to participate in a baking contest, but then changed places with Margaret, the Duchess of Montenaro, who looks like me!

“I guess you remember I married Prince Edward” – I actually completely forgot that part – “and you probably remember Margaret fell in love with my best friend, Kevin,” she continues.

Now, two years later, Stacy is a princess, Margaret and Kevin (Nick Sagar) have gone their separate ways, and the brutal death of the King of Montenaro means Margaret is next to the throne. And his coronation should take place on Christmas Day.

Stacy and Prince Edward (Sam Palladio) are married, but Stacy is too busy worrying about the breakup of her twin cousin’s love life and impending royal status to pay attention to her husband. She has the brilliant idea of ​​inviting Kevin to the coronation and then switching places with Margaret so the two can hang out alone because, you know, the intrigue.

Which brings me to my favorite confusing rom-com: Adults are super invested in the love lives of other adults. It’s one thing to want your friends to be happy, but it’s another to risk sabotaging your own marriage by plotting an elaborate ruse involving identity theft. The Princess Switch: switched again book also on an offshoot of this trope, in which a precocious child is super invested in the love life of his parents.

And we haven’t even reached Vanessa Hudgens’ third character yet. At one point in the film, a bewildered clergyman exclaims, “Oh dear lord, there are three!” and it is truly a missed opportunity that this line has not been plastered on all the promotional material.

Vanessa Hudgens has become something of a Christmas Queen – Netflix’s bolder response to Hallmark Channel’s Candace Cameron Bure. This sequel goes all-in on Hudgens and the Princess switch Fun lookalike, featuring a new villain played by the High school music star, Lady Fiona Pembroke, whose first line is “Yo! Let’s start this party, okay?

Everything about her is cringe-worthy, from her extremely inappropriate black-tie wardrobe choice of leather leggings, to the fact that she replaces the word “scary” with “spoopy” for some unclear reason.

Lady Fiona arrives in heat at a royal ball flanked by two pickpocket “minions” who vaguely resemble Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski. Everything about her is cringe-worthy, from her extremely inappropriate black-tie wardrobe choice of leather leggings, to the fact that she replaces the word “scary” with “spoopy” for some unclear reason.

But Fiona’s stickiness is a bit the point. Her main goal, besides adding to the gag view of seeing three (three!) Vanessa Hudgenses at once on screen, is to create tension while trying to steal the throne from Margaret so that she can get away with it. offer a lavish lifestyle. This is an oversimplification of his villainous plan, which of course involves poorly executed changes, but the plot is too complex to distill here.

Essentially, The Princess Switch: switched again is exactly what you would expect if you’ve seen one of Netflix’s similar offerings (A christmas prince, The knight before Christmas). It’s funny, but only in the moments when it doesn’t try to be. There’s a lot of fake snow and a long Christmas decor montage to a song from Kelly Clarkson’s delightful holiday album, Wrapped in red. There is a cheerful old taxi driver who is heavily implied to be Santa Claus.

Based on this description, it is not surprising that a third Princess switch The movie has already been announced, though Vanessa Hudgens disappointingly insisted she won’t be playing four characters in the next episode.

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