My Summer Prince (2016) – Contemporary Fairytale in the Sweet Summeritme

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

There are many things I like from the stories and romance movies on my docket. Primary among these reasons is the discovery of something that entertains. My Summer Prince accomplishes and surpasses this. Read on to find out these reasons.

Climbing the corporate ladder is all Mandy Cooper (Taylor Cole) has time for. She wants to follow in her the footsteps of the boss she admires, and do it well. You see Deidre Hall (Lauren Holly) runs one of the most successful PR firms in the country. As a result of this, her services are sought after by many a client looking to polish their image. 

Unfortunately for Mandy, Deidre doesn’t seem to notice her capabilities. Then, into their lives walks a new client who is their most important yet. He’s not just wealthy, he also boasts a title, which happens to be a royal one! While on holiday in America, Prince Collin (Jack Turner) finds himself with something of a bad image.

This leads his mother to Deidre’s firm. But when there’s a misunderstanding which then leads to Mandy being mistaken for her boss, she latches onto the opportunity. Instead while her boss is incapacitated, she plays the successful businesswoman, allowing her a glimpse into what it takes to be a part of this world – and somewhere along the way, she begins to loose her heart to a prince.

This isn’t a new concept, but it’s timeless. We all know that we have weaknesses and one of mine is the contemporary fairy tale trope, and My Summer Prince doesn’t disappoint. There are a few ways it differs from its cinematic peers. Not the least of these reasons is that this time around it’s the royal who is unaware of who their soul mate is (their identity).

Part of the appeal of this story is the wholesome, “old fashion” feels it evokes. There’s just something about a charming story of a girl falling for someone who wears a crown and sits on a throne that’s delightfully infectious. No matter the cynical society, its films like this that reminds us to find joy in simple things and simple ideas. That is exactly what this script does. It makes us smile wide and long after that final scene fades away. Plus the humor is enchanting - including a situation that places Mandy in a pink puffed-sleeve dress. Yes, this is a thing. 

The cast is a big reason why this story works. Of course, the British hero (it’s always the accent!) makes us swoon (or it does me - I fall under the spell of Colin as easily as Mandy), and Taylor Cole is a familiar face to any Hallmark aficionado. She’s stared three to five originals, including her newest, The Art of Us.

Make sure to catch a re-air of My Summer Prince this summer on Hallmark (watch for a reair in your local listing). If you’ve enjoyed their earlier “royal” romantic-comedies, you’ll love this movie. The paths it travels aren’t the “same old, same old.” The script cleverly keeps things in the same comfort zone of familiar, but takes us on a happy sightseeing, colorful story that we fall head over heels in love with. ♥

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press


  1. I'll have to keep an eye out for the dvd release of this. Looks cute. ^^

    1. It's super cute, Joni! If it comes to DVD, I'll be in line with you to snag a copy. :)


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