Film / Princess Protection Program

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Princess Protection Program is a Disney Channel original movie starring Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. When a tiny country is caught in a power struggle with its royal family and a militaristic dictator who wants power for himself, the young Princess Rosalinda (Demi Lovato) is taken into custody by the Princess Protection Program. She is whisked away to rural Louisiana where she must learn the ins and outs of behaving like a normal American teenager. In the process of adapting to her new life, Rosie gives her new friend and roommate, Carter (Selena Gomez), a few lessons in how to act with royal aplomb.

Tropes present in this movie:

  • All-Loving Hero: Rosie.
  • Alpha Bitch: Chelsea.
  • Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch: Near the end, Chelsea's Girl Posse, including her second-in-command, Brooke, decide they've had it with Chelsea's bad attitude and hang out with Carter and Rosie.
  • Banana Republic: General Kane's dominion of Costa Estrella, into which he hopes to absorb the Kingdom of Costa Luna.
  • Bilingual Bonus: There are no subtitles for Rosie's conversation with the French teacher. Of course, she uses relatively simple French, such that anyone who's taken French lessons but isn't fluent should be able to understand, or even anyone who's taken a similar language.
  • Book on the Head: Parodied - Rosie wants to prove to Carter that being royalty isn't just showing off. Carter goes along with it, learns how to act like royalty, including walking and balancing a book on her head. When she states she just can't believe princesses have to do this, Rosie bursts into laughter and admits she actually never had to do this sort of thing; she was just pulling Carter's leg.
  • Burping Contest: Carter and Rosie have one.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mr. Elegante, who is introduced early in the movie as Rosalinda's royal dress maker. Carter later contacts him because she needs his help with her plan to prevent General Kane from capturing Rosie.
  • Cool Loser: Carter
  • Cunning Linguist: Rosie, who speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese fluently.
  • Curse Cut Short: Donny asks Carter whether she really doesn't like her "cousin" Rosie. Carter responds with a curse word just as the scene cuts to the mean girl saying "Princess" in the place of the curse word Carter was going to say.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Carter, though she's not nice about it at first.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: It's not until Carter arrives at the dance in a beautiful dress that Donny finally notices her. She chews him out for it - "Before I put on this dress, you couldn't even remember my name" - and turns him down for Ed.
  • Disappeared Dad: Rosie's father died sometime before the events of the movie.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Ed to Carter until the end.
  • Dull Surprise: Compared to her acting in Wizards of Waverly Place, Selena Gomez did not seem to be having much fun with her role in this movie.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Gratuitous Spanish: In addition to the odd choice of making Rosie's homeland Spanish-speaking, she reverts to Spanish at times when it makes absolutely no sense to do so (e.g., asking Carter where the bathroom is).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: While evil General Kane is being arrested, Carter's dad asks General Kane how does it feel to be stopped and defeated by a sixteen year old girl. His response: "Not so hot."
  • Harmless Villain: He probably wasn't supposed to be this, but can anyone really take General Kane seriously? Sure, he shows that he's a cunning villain, but he doesn't really seem to do anything threatening!
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Louisiana seems like a pretty obvious place to hide a princess, but that's the whole point!
  • Honorary Princess: Chelsea, Rosalinda and Carter become the three finalists for the Queen contest of the homecoming dance, and receive princesses' tiaras. Chelsea doesn't deserve hers much, and Rosie was already a princess by birth. So, she helps Carter to have the princess attitude, and at the dance, Carter goes so far as trying to sacrifice her freedom in exchange for Rosalinda's. The latter affirms that, with this heroic act, Carter became a real princess.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Though Carter openly dislikes Rosalinda and picks on her, she does not like it one bit when Chelsea and her mean girl posse humiliate Rosie by having her work at a yogurt shop "for losers", causing Carter to seek retaliation by shoving a frozen yogurt onto the hair of Chelsea's cameraboy for filming Rosie's humiliation.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: General Kane tries to force Rosalinda's mother to marry him. This is not out of any romantic interest, but merely as a ploy to lure Rosalinda out of hiding; he doesn't actually want to marry her at all.
  • Important Haircut: Rosalinda gets one early in the movie.
  • Interclass Friendship: Rosalinda as a Princess of a small nation and Carter the bait shop salesgirl.
  • Jerkass: Carter at first, also Chelsea and Donny.
  • Large Ham: General Magnus Kane, big time.
  • Laughably Evil: Magnus Kane again.
  • Love Triangle: Carter, Donny, and Rosie. Despite Carter's interest in Donny, he shamelessly attempts to charm Rosie and openly flirts with her and to make matters worst, asks Rosie to go to the dance with him instead of Carter while Carter is standing right next to her. Though surprised by this sudden offer, Rosie willingly turns him down for Carter's sake.
    • Also, from the beginning of the film, Carter has to (unsuccessfully) compete against mean girl Chelsea for the affections of Donny, who doesn't even remember her name nor even bother to stand up for her when Chelsea picks on her.
  • Masquerade Ball: The homecoming dance was not originally supposed to be one of these, but Carter manages to turn it into one as part of her plan to protect Rosie.
  • Missing Mom: Carter's mother is never so much as mentioned.
  • The Mountains of Louisiana: The movie was filmed on the mountainous island of Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, it takes place in Louisiana, where any hills in proximity to a bayou rise no higher than about 10 feet (3 meters).
  • No Social Skills: Rosalinda was raised by royalty and as a result doesn't know anything about how American teens act.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: This actually becomes a plot point.
  • Relatively Flimsy Excuse: Carter is told to pretend that Rosalinda/Rosie is her cousin.
  • Satellite Love Interest: So why exactly is Carter into Donny?
  • Theme Naming: Costa Luna and Costa Estrella mean "Moon Coast" and "Star Coast", respectively.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Carter and Rosie.
  • Tomboyish Name: Carter.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Scenes of Rosie's coronation at the end were featured in the main trailer as well as certain promos. Even the image for the box art (as seen above) shows Rosie as queen.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: According to Rosie, this is one of the principles by which a princess is supposed to live, which she demonstrates when she doesn't lash out against Chelsea for humiliating her. Carter, on the other hand, isn't having any of that, aptly pointing out that she isn't a princess.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?

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