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‘The Princess Switch: Switched Again’ Dazzles with a Three-Way Switcheroo

The Princess Switch: Switched Again. Vanessa Hudgens as Stacy / Margaret / Fiona in The Princess Switch: Switched Again. Cr. Mark Mainz/NETFLIX © 2020

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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. 

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The Princess Switch: Switched Again. Vanessa Hudgens as Stacy / Margaret / Fiona in The Princess Switch: Switched Again. Cr. Mark Mainz/NETFLIX © 2020

At one point, Margaret is Stacy, Stacy is Margaret, but later Stacy as Margaret gets kidnapped, and Fiona pretends to be Stacy as Margaret. 

Lost yet? 

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.

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The Princess Switch: Switched Again. Vanessa Hudgens as Stacy / Margaret / Fiona, Nick Sagar as Kevin in The Princess Switch: Switched Again. Cr. NETFLIX © 2020

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.”

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The Princess Switch: Switched Again. Nick Sagar as Kevin, Vanessa Hudgens as Stacy / Margaret / Fiona in The Princess Switch: Switched Again. Cr. Mark Mainz/NETFLIX © 2020

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! 


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Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review – Who the Hell Is Anna Delvey? (1×01)

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From the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes comes Inventing Anna.

It’s the story of Anna Delvey that you’ve likely heard before, but with Shondaland’s exclusive twist on it.

Delvey, real name Anna Sorokin, was a faux socialite who scammed New York’s high society, including hotels, banks, Wall Street, and elite friends.

The Russian immigrant posed as a German heiress in an attempt to steal millions of dollars from the wealthy. 

But despite having Sorokin’s name in the title, the first episode of the Netflix limited series hinges heavily on Vivian Kent, the ambitious journalist who landed the tell-all interview with Delvey. 

Anna Chlumsky (who you might remember from the ’90s My Girl fame) is a powerhouse in the role as she sets her sights on Delvey/Sorokin (played by Ozark’s Julia Garner) in order to revive her career. 

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Inventing Anna. Anna Chlumsky as Vivian Kent in episode 103 of Inventing Anna. Cr. David Giesbrecht/Netflix © 2021

Kent has been banished to “Scriberia,” a corner of the office where she’s convinced journalists go to die. After coming upon Delvey’s upcoming trial, she sniffs out a case and tries to convince her bosses — Paul and Landon — to cover the story. 

Unfortunately, neither of them seemed particularly moved by her spiel as they insist she covers the women of Wall Street’s #MeToo plight. 

Kent, however, doesn’t feel compelled to bully these women into telling their stories for clickbait and pursues the Delvey story instead. 

The more she digs, the less she knows. 

Delvey is an enigma who seemingly crafted many personas while schmoozing with New York’s upper echelon. 

Eventually, Kent is able to convince the editor of The Manhattan (the show’s New York magazine) to let her roll with the story. 

It’s unclear why her editor, Paul, has it out for her, but the series seems to purposefully leave Kent’s background vague throughout the episode. 

All we know is that something went wrong, a little boy was involved, Google will remember it forever (the internet never forgets), and that’s she’s desperate to revive her career, a feat she hopes to accomplish before she has her baby girl. When she realizes that it might not be possible, she has an entire breakdown at the gynecologist’s office during the ultrasound, which, as a woman trying to juggle a career and motherhood, is all too relatable. 

And then — she gets the absolute motivation to convince Delvey to reject the plea deal being offered and fight for her reputation as well. 

In an intense meeting where Kent levels with Delvey, she convinces her that she deserves to have her story told. 

But that’s not what ultimately persuades Delvey. As a journalist, you want something from your subject, but in order to get it, you also have to know what your subject wants. So, in exchange for her story, Kent promises Delvey the one thing she wants more than anything: fame.

After all, Delvey herself claims that the persona she made up is a “masterpiece, bitches,” while the friends she conned note that she was a “legend” and “icon.”

In that pivotal scene, it seems as though Kent has fully tapped into why Delvey concocted her scheme in the first place. While she claims to be a businesswoman who wanted to secure a loan for an exclusive club she wanted to open up, Delvey was obsessed with the high life; the exclusivity of being an “it” girl.

Kent tapped into the vein fueling Delvey’s motivations this whole time — even from the depths of Rikers. 

While the series is based on a true story, it’s definitely not an accurate depiction of what really happened, but that’s neither here nor there because the episode is wildly entertaining and keeps you hanging on to every single delusion Delvey divulges. 

Much of Kent’s background — even if vague at times — is presented, while there’s just enough of Garner’s Delvey, with her intense accent, to hook you into coming back for more. 

Though neither would admit it, Delvey and Kent have one thing in common — the need to prove themselves, which makes this profile something that’s in both of their best interests.

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Inventing Anna. Julia Garner as Anna Delvery in episode 104 of Inventing Anna. Cr. Nicole Rivelli/Netflix © 2021

And it’s even in the interest of Delvey’s lawyer, Todd, who also wants to prove himself as an ADA. 

Todd, played by Arian Moayed, is definitely battling some insecurity issues. He even tells his wife, a powerful attorney working at her father’s firm, that he feels inferior to many of their friends. He may be defending the world’s biggest con artist, but somehow, he’s the one feeling like a fraud while Delvey remains adamant she’s not the criminal they are painting her out to be. 

At times, you almost feel for Delvey and start to believe her story, only to realize that her act is one big manipulation tactic. It also becomes harder to empathize with her when she calls Kent out for looking “very poor” and “very, very fat.” However, those moments paint a vivid photo of the kind of things Delvey prioritized, even while spending time in one of the most dangerous prisons. 

All of this likely proves that Garner has nailed the role of the woman who was able to manipulate some of the smartest people in the city. 

Of course, while much of the back-and-forth dance happens between Kent and Delvey, there’s an incredible supporting cast. 

Todd faces off assistant DA Catherine McCaw played by Westworld’s Rebecca Henderson. 

Rhimes takes care of her own as Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Jeff Perry; Lowes plays ex-Vanity Fair picture researcher and Delvey’s bestie Rachel DeLoache Williams, while Perry is Kent’s fellow journalist.

The Bold Type’s Alexis Floyd as Neff, an employee at the hotel Delvey stayed at who assists Kent with her story, while Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox will appear as celebrity fitness trainer Kacy Duke.

Inventing Anna has all the makings of a Rhimes hit series, so strap in for the ride because from the looks of it, Delvey is just getting started as we take a peak behind the curtain to figure out what exactly led up to this very prison meeting. 

And we can’t wait to see where Garner takes this role as the trial ramps up, which leaves all of NYC’s finest quaking in their boots.

After all, did you ever imagine that Ruth would become the moral heartbeat of Ozark?!


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‘The Woman In the House’ – Everything You Need to Know About Kristen Bell’s New Thriller

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Everything we know About Kristen Bell's upcoming comedy thriller The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window

Kristen Bell is known for her comedic chops, but she’s dabbling a new genre come 2022.

“The Good Place” actress will star as Anna in a dark comedy thriller on Netflix. 

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming series “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window.”

 

What’s It About?

The series focuses on the heartbroken lead who lives everyday the same way — staring out her window and watching life pass her by while she sips her wine. 

All of that is flipped upside down when her handsome neighbor moves in across the street and she witnesses a murder… or does she? Does someone want her to forget? Did she imagine it? Are they the hallucinations?

We’re already totally invested. 

 

Is there a Trailer?

YES! Glad you asked. The teaser is intoxicating and shows exactly why Bell was the right choice for the role!

Check it out below: 

 

Who Else Is in the Series?

Well, there’s Bell. Other cast members include: Michael Ealy, Tom Riley, Mary Holland, Cameron Britton, Samsara Yett, Christina Anthony, and Benjamin Levy Aguilar. 

 
How Long is the Series?
 
The season consists of eight, 30-minute episodes. You know what that means? They’re easily binge-able with your glass of wine! 
 
 
Why Does It Sound So Familiar?
 
It parodies Amy Adams’ thriller “The Woman in the Window” and the 2016 film “The Girl on the Train.”
 
 

When Does It Premiere?

The show hits Netflix on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022!

 

Is There Going to be a Second Season?

While it’s crafted as a limited-series that doesn’t necessarily mean that a second season is out of the question. After all, Big Little Lies was also a limited-series. Never say never!

 


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WATCH: Christmas is Here Early With a Trailer for ‘The Princess Switch 3’

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Princess Switch 3 Trailer Released

Oops… she’s doing it again!

The holiday season isn’t complete without Vanessa Hudgens, who is back once again for The Princess Switch 3.

Netflix has released the official trailer and from the looks of it, it’s going to be filled with comedy, romance, and yes, three different accents and voices all performed by the talented actress.

Check out the trailer below.

Hudgens is once again reprising her roles as Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy, with a new addition Fiona, the cousin.

After the special guest, the Vatican’s Star of Peace is stolen, the two royal lookalikes need to team up together to steal it back. In order to do so, they enlist the help of their cousin Fiona who is also identical to them. The three completely different personalities work together to safely bring back the missing treasure.

Alongside Hudgens, the cast includes Sam Palladio, Remy Hii, Nick Sagar, and Will Kemp.

Netflix will release The Princess Switch 3 on November 18th, so set your calendars!

Recap the The Princess Switch: Switched Again right here

Yes, That Is Queen Amber from ‘A Christmas Prince’ in ‘The Princess Switch: Switched Again’


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