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Seeing triple? No, you haven’t had too much eggnog, you’re simply watching Vanessa Hudgens play all three characters on The Princess Switch sequel, The Princess Switch: Switched Again.
But you should probably keep drinking the eggnog (or mulled wine, if that’s what you prefer) to celebrate this impressively crafted, cheesy holiday masterpiece.
It’s rare that a sequel is better than the original, but that’s the case with Switched Again, which finds Stacy and Lady Margaret doing as the title says and once again switching places to pursue romantic endeavors. And it’s even better than the last time!
It’s a proper modern fairytale that has it all: a kidnapping, a coronation, a triple switcheroo, and finally, a royal wedding.
While the two-year wait for a follow-up may have been long, it was worth it. There’s nothing better than when a film takes its time to deliver a quality product rather than one made simply to appease fans.
As with every holiday film, you have to be open to receive it. The sequel continues to thrive in its own absurdity, which is what made the first film such a success. Some holiday films take themselves too seriously, but The Princess Switch: Switched Again knows the premise is ridiculous and owns it, which makes for some fantastic viewing.
At the kickstart of the film, Stacy laments that happily ever after is never easy, especially for a princess.
As Princess of Belgravia, she understands the struggles, which is why she goes above and beyond to help reconnect Margaret and Kevin, who parted ways roughly six months ago after the former became in line for the throne.
Stacy and Olivia, Kevin’s daughter, aren’t afraid of meddling as they’re of the (correct) midset that sometimes, people just need a little nudge in the right direction.
The film takes audiences on a magical adventure that’s infused with the Christmas spirit and the belief that love can overcome anything, even a self-serving third doppelganger and potential new love interest.
It’s an ambitious plot as it aims to pull off not one but two switches without losing the audience.
Okay, I said it “aims” not to lose the audience because there are times where it’s truly hard to keep… especially if you’re indulging in that eggnog/mulled wine.
At one point, Margaret is Stacy, Stacy is Margaret, but later Stacy as Margaret gets kidnapped, and Fiona pretends to be Stacy as Margaret.
The addition of Fiona Pembroke, Margaret’s wild and free-spirited cousin, makes things unnecessarily complicated for the viewer and characters alike.
At one point, a priest points out the obvious – there’s three of them – as others cannot tell them apart while they’re pretending to be each other.
Fiona seems to draw inspiration from Schitt’s Creek’s Moira Rose and Cruella de Ville equally, while her dense sidekicks are reminiscent of the hapless thieves from Home Alone. Their lack of common skills or logical thinking makes them the perfect holiday antagonists!
Margaret and Stacy decide to once again make the grand switcheroo to buy the future Queen some much-needed time to “hang out” with Kevin and resolve their feelings.
Fiona foils the plan by launching her own switcheroo in which she kidnaps Stacy, thinking it’s Margaret, in order to move up the coronation and steal royal funds.
Fiona’s attempts are rather unsuccessful as her plan was flawed from the beginning. There’s the obvious kidnapping of the wrong royal.
She also didn’t think about the small details (like that pinky tattoo), and that attention to detail is what made Margaret and Stacy’s switch flawless both times.
And she didn’t commit to the act, instead, acting impulsively and out of character. Despite being a “dead ringer” for Margaret, she didn’t have what it took to pull off the ultimate feat.
There was also the issue of not wanting to switch back when the night was over, which is so unlike Stacy, a woman who is selfless, loves Edward, and has her own country to govern. There’d be no reason for her to want to stay in Margaret’s shoes.
While Margaret and the rest pieced it together eventually, Tony immediately caught on and attempted to use it to his advantage.
Tony was never the better romantic option for Margaret for a few reasons. Obviously, our love for Kevin trumped any other “connections” she may have had with other suitors, but the Chief of Staff gave off bad vibes from the beginning as he was seemingly only interested in helping himself.
We’ve seen ego-driven guys like him plenty of times before, and we know things never end well for them.
After the little stunt Fiona and Tony tried to pull, they both got what they deserved, and it was truly satisfying to see Margaret believe in herself, own her power, and send him to the “dungeon.”
That’s the modern woman’s “off with his head.”
And, of course, no holiday film is complete without an over-the-top romantic moment, especially a last-minute chase through the airport to stop the love of your life from jetting halfway across the country.
The only one who didn’t seem to realize that Margaret wasn’t actually Marget was poor Kevin, who was convinced by Fiona’s break up speech.
After Margaret made it clear that it was an imposter who called things off, the duo, known for their spontaneity, decided to get hitched right there by the airport coffee cart.
And just like that, in between final boarding announcements, Kevin became the King to Queen Margaret, who was sworn in the very next day during a celebratory coronation.
What I loved best of all is that Kevin was fully supportive of Margaret and championed her to fulfill her royal duty. He didn’t want her to give up the crown, which is refreshing to see considering most holiday films feature a woman that realizes she’s a workaholic and willingly gives it all up for love.
Switched Again proves that a woman can have both love and a career, and it’s not only okay, it’s encouraged.
And yes, that was Queen Amber and King Richard from The Christmas Prince in attendance at the coronation. Leave it up to Netflix to give a little wink to another popular holiday franchise.
The film focused less on Stacy and Edward’s relationship, but to be fair, they did get their happily ever after in the first film.
While they dealt with some brief hiccups in the film, it was all put to bed rather quickly with talk of possible royal babies. Does this mean that a third film is in the works? Find out here.
Check out the trailer for The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again below and watch it on Netflix starting on November 19, 2020!
What to Watch April 2021 Guide: Manifest, Younger, The Handmaids Tale, and MORE!
Spring showers bring plenty of new content your way this April.
So, who is ready to do some serious binge-watching? We didn’t practice for this all of 2020 to give up now! Especially because there are some really great TV shows premiering and a handful of highly-anticipated shows returning!
Here’s what’s on tap!
Law & Order: Organized Crime – NBC (April 1)
Has there been a more anticipated TV return? Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) returns to the NYPD and joins a new task force while reuniting with ex-partner Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay).
Manifest – NBC (April 1)
What happened to Flight 828? TV’s biggest mystery continues into season 3. Ben pursues a tail fin that may have belonged to the plane he was on while the rest of the passengers continue to follow Callings.
Home Economics – ABC (April 7)
The new comedy series looks at the uncomfortable and frustrating relationship between three adult siblings from the Hayworth family.
Kung Fu – The CW (April 7)
The reboot of the 1970s drama of the same name stars Legacies actress Olivia Liang as Nicky Shen, a young Chinese-American woman who drops out of college and travels to a monastery in China only to return home to San Francisco and find it overrun by crime. As she doles out justice, she finds herself the target of an assassin.
Rebel – ABC (April 8)
Katey Sagal stars as Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue-collar legal attorney who ruthlessly fights for the cases she believes in. The series is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich.
Them – Amazon Prime (April 9)
The limited horror anthology hails from Lena Waithe and finds a black family in the 1950s moving into a white neighborhood in L.A. where they not only have to deal with terrible neighbors but also supernatural forces that mean to do them harm.
Fear the Walking Dead – AMC (April 11)
Season 6B picks up with John Dorie reuniting with an old friend who helps him through a dark moment.
The Circle – Netflix (April 14)
The highly-addictive reality series, described as Big Brother meets Catfish, returns for a second season. Contestants move into the same apartment building but never meet face-to-face as they’re only allowed to communicate through a special social media app.
Dad Stop Embarrassing Me – Netflix (April 14)
The sitcom, inspired by Jamie Foxx’s relationship with his daughter, Corinne, finds him playing the role of a single dad and cosmetics brand owner who must navigate raising a teen daughter.
Younger – Paramount+ (April 15)
The seventh and final season of Younger wraps up Liza’s journey at Empirical/Millennial and hopefully reveals if she ends up with #TeamJosh or #TeamCharles once and for all.
Big Shot – Disney+ (April 16)
John Stamos moves on from Uncle Jesse in a new role former men’s basketball coach who gets fired and is forced to become a coach at an elite all-girls school. If you’re looking for a new sports drama with heart, look no further.
Cruel Summer – Freefrom (April 21)
Hailing from executive producer Jessica Biel, Freeform’s newest thriller takes the spot left behind by Pretty Little Liars. Set in the 90s, it follows the disappearance of a popular and charming girl and the nerdy wannabe who is blamed for the crime.
Shadow & Bone – Netflix (April 23)
In the fantasy series, based on a book of the same name, sinister forces plot against a young woman who has the powers to unite her world.
93rd Oscars – ABC (April 25)
As they say in show biz, the award show must go on. The 93rd Oscars, which originally mandated an in-person attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic, have reversed course and are allowing remote participation.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu (April 28)
June and her fellow Handmaids go beyond the walls of Gilead following an uprising as they seek freedom in the dystopian series.
Concrete Cowboy – Netflix (April 2)
Stranger Things‘ Caleb McLaughlin stars as a teen who befriends a community of Black cowboys in Philadelphia when he stays with his estranged dad (played by Idris Elba) for the summer.
Thunder Force – Netflix (April 9)
Dynamic duo Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer are former childhood best friends who invent a formula that gives them superhero powers.
Stowaway – Netflix (April 22)
A stowaway crashes a mission to Mars and risks the lives of the whole crew on-board. The sci-fi thriller stars Anna Kendrick and Daniel Dae Kim.
Without Remorse – Amazon Prime (April 30)
Michael B. Jordan stars as John Clark, an elite NAVY Seal who uncovers a covert plot while investigating the death of his pregnant wife.
Netflix Renews Spanish Drama ‘Elite’ for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members
We’ve got some elite news!
Spanish drama Elite has been renewed for a fifth season at Netflix!
The news isn’t all that shocking considering the drama, set in the ritzy private school of Las Encinas in Spain, is one of the streamer’s best performing Spanish originals.
Not only is the cast incredible, the first few seasons were hinged around an intoxicating murder mystery and plenty of steamy love scenes.
The renewal comes ahead of the fourth season, which currently doesn’t have a premiere date. In 2020, filming was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and an outbreak on set.
It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021.
The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up.
Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.
What to Watch in March 2021 Guide: Good Girls, Coming 2 America, The Irregulars, and MORE!
Can you believe it’s almost March?
2021 is flying by, and I have to credit the fact that there has been so much good television available!
Despite COVID-19 still holding a grasp on the world, plenty of our favorite TV shows were able to return to production and deliver outstanding seasons that are keeping us entertained every single day of the week.
March sees a return of some favorites on primetime along with some new additions to streaming.
Here’s everything to watch on March 2021:
Debris – NBC (March 1)
Calling all sci-fi fans! Two international agents are tasked with investigating mysterious wreckage that falls from the sky. As British agent Finola Jones and American agent Bryan Beneventi lead the charge to track down all the debris scattered across the Western Hemisphere, they realize it’s a race against time!
The Voice – NBC (March 1)
The singing competition returns for season 20 with Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson at the helm!
Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell – Netflix (March 1)
The documentary on famed rapper The Notorious B.I.G. celebrates his life and tracks his journey to rap king alongside rare footage and in-depth interviews.
New Amsterdam – NBC (March 2)
With the pandemic still in full-swing, season 3 kicks off with a plane crash in the East River.
Good Girls – NBC (March 7)
Your favorite suburban criminals are back for season 4! Beth, Ruby, and Annie continue their life of crime by pouring themselves into Boland Bubbles to wash money for “homeboy.” With the FBI hot on their trail, will they find a way to stay above water?
Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy – ABC (March 11)
After going on hiatus in December, the Shondaland shows return with a crossover that tackles the issue of human trafficking.
A Million Little Things – ABC (March 11)
After a nearly three-month wait, A Million Little Things is finally getting new episodes and it’s going to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the synopsis: “As [the virus] becomes more widespread across the U.S., Boston goes into lockdown putting Rome’s movie in jeopardy and forcing Maggie to return home from Oxford. Because the hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, Eddie’s back surgery is cancelled, leading him to take desperate measures to cope with the severe pain.
Love Alarm – Netflix (March 12)
The popular K-drama about an app that alerts people if someone in the area likes them returns for its second season on Netflix!
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal – Netflix (March 17)
You’re familiar with the college bribery scandal that brought down Aunt Becky and other wealthy parents who stopped at nothing to get their children into top-tier universities. The documentary synopsis reads: “Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.”
Everything you’ve heard is true. But you haven’t heard everything. Using real conversations recreated from FBI wiretaps the filmmaker behind Fyre brings you Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal pic.twitter.com/kwsqTCSkqq
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) February 22, 2021
The highly-anticipated Marvel action series brings together Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who “team up for a global adventure that will test their survival skills — as well as their patience.” Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the action picks up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” with the first two episodes airing on the streamer on March 19 and March 26, respectively.
The Irregulars – Netflix (March 26)
The Sherlock Holmes spin-off series follows a group of “troubled street teens” who are wrapped into solving crimes and saving London from supernatural elements by the “sinister Doctor Watson.”
Pooch Perfect – ABC (March 30)
Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is set to host this dog grooming reality competition that’s based on a UK competition of the same name (also hosted by Wilson). The episodes will spotlight 10 dog groomers around the country competing in challenges.
— Jorge Bendersky (@JorgeBendersky) February 19, 2021
Coming 2 America – Amazon Prime (March 5)
Comedic geniuses Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite as Akeem and Semmi to take audiences back to Zamunda, the royal country made popular in the 80s. It’s worth the watch if only for nostalgia’s sake.
Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Plus (March 5)
After being delayed the coronavirus pandemic, the film will finally debut months later. It’ll premiere simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters on the same day! Per the synopsis: ” Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.”
Moxie – Netflix (March 3)
Amy Poehler lends her talents to a second Netflix original about a shy 16-year-old who is inspired by her mom’s rebellious past and publishes an anonymous zine to tackle sexism inside the high school hallways.
Yes Day – Netflix (March 12)
Saying “no” to your kids can be difficult, so parents Allison (played by Jennifer Garner) and Carlos give their kids one day where they say “yes” to all their requests.
Paper Lives (Kağıttan Hayatlar) – Netflix (March 15)
The Turkish drama finds warehouse worker Mehmet (starring Çağatay Ulusoy) working in an impoverished neighborhood where he becomes responsible for a small boy.
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