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Week of March 31, 2004

The Prince & Me (PG) Martha Coolidge. She's a pre-med farm girl intent on administering to the world's suffering children. He's a Danish prince looking to shed the burdens of royal duty. Yes, it's a high-concept romantic comedy, and more than a little derivative (Roman Holiday, of course); nobody would blame you for fearing the worst. What's amazing about The Prince & Me is that, for at least the first hour, it's actually a good movie -- funny, endearing, even a little smart. It's only after the prince (Luke Mably) woos his overachieving princess (Julia Stiles) and the couple faces a perennial real-life dilemma (monarchy or Doctors without Borders?) that things rapidly plunge into dreck. Can Denmark accept a commoner as a royal partner? Can the girl align herself with the rigidity of royal decorum? How long before she awakens to the neglect of her long-held career dreams? And will the queen (a chilly Miranda Richardson) chop off anyone's head? It's too much, and the plot crumbles in a heap. Goodnight, Sweet Prince. Time for a reality check. Opens Friday, April 2, at multiple locations. (Melissa Levine)

Walking Tall Kevin Bray. (PG-13) Opens Friday, April 2, at multiple locations. Reviewed this issue.

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