Empty8 p.m. Sunday, April 20
ABC Family's latest original movie "Princess" is yet another take on one of the most enduring myths in Western civilization (or any civilization, for that matter): the fairy-tale ending. In this case, it's a matter of a modern-day princess who lives in Ithaca, N.Y., of all places. But the accouterments are all in place in this charming if slightly pixelated tale.
Nora Zehetner plays a princess (you have to believe the script) living in upstate New York who hardly has ventured out of her castle (yes, there is one in this landscape). After holding a charity ball to raise money to aid endangered animals, she meets the commoner of her dreams (Kip Pardue), and the two head off on the rocky road toward romance.
Scripted by Heidi Ferrer and directed with panache by Mark Rosman, the movie seems a creature of the 1950s or '60s for sure. But it plugs away at romance until we almost begin to believe in fairy-tale endings.
The photography is lush and the music lilting, enough so that we almost don't notice the actors walking around and talking in a dream state. This is family entertainment at its most convincing.