Yesterday, my sister Eden and I sat down and watched Princes Cut together and since I thought there were some great aspects in the movie--- there were somethings I didn't really like so here's my review! :) If you don't like lots of spoilers then don't read it until after you've seen the movie.
About the film from it's website:
"A lifelong Carolina farm girl, now in her early 20’s, Grace has dreamed all her life of the day when “Mr. Right” slips a Princess Cut diamond on her finger and swears to love her forever. Tonight may be that night as Stewart has something special planned after 15 months together! But when things don’t go as planned, and romance crashes down around her, it launches her on a quest, aided by her father, to understand what it means to truly love another person. Will Grace finally discover love or ruin her chances for happiness forever?"
Princess Cut starts out with a young woman named Grace Anderson who lives on a farm with her parents, Jim and Katherine and her brothers, Robert and Drew. Like most girls, Grace wants to get married, but options keep passing her up. Currently she's in a long distance dating relationship with her boy friend, Stewart. Grace has a date planned with Stewart and he has told her that he has something special to tell her. As Grace gets ready for her date, her mom asks her what she sees in Stewart and gives her daughter some advice about one of her previous dates that didn't work out. Grace ends up having to drive herself to the date and finds that it's actually a college kid get together event where Stewart announces his special news which ends up being his engagement to another girl there! Heartbroken Grace returns home and talks to her parents about how this scenario keeps happening to her. We find out that Stewart is not the first break up she's gone through. Grace's father suggests that God has possibly saved her from something worse. However it doesn't take Grace long to find a new boy friend. This time it's the sleazy guy at the coffee shop who basically goes after her until Grace finally gives him her phone number.
Meanwhile back at home Grace's parents, Jim and Katherine are studying Scripture to discover God's will in this. Jim finds Jeremiah 29:6 that talks about fathers giving their daughters in marriage and asks Katherine who they are going to give Grace in marriage to.
Grace's dating relationship with Jared is growing, but not in the greatest of ways. Every time Grace sees him Jared tries to push down more barriers. Grace feels uncomfortable and confides in her best friend, Tessa, a horrible influence, who gets Grace into a counseling session with her mom and things start to south from there. Finally at the climax of their dating relationship Grace comes home and goes to her room where Katherine finds her crying. Grace admits that Jared has kissed her and that he is pushing other boundaries down. She confesses to her mom that she hasn't been honest to her and her dad about her dates with Jared. Katherine assures her daughter that she still loves her and takes her out to confess these things to her dad as well. Jim apologies to his daughter for not protecting her and tells her that from now on he is going to protect her. He also tells her that she needs to spend this time preparing herself for marriage.
So Grace heads to the library and gets several books (which might have some familiar titles to homeschoolers, haha! :) ) and randomly meets Jared on the way out--- she breaks the relationship with him and heads home where she starts an adventure of reading through all her books and taking lots of notes!
During all this time a new young doctor has moved into the ranch home next door to Grace's family. Eventually he becomes good friends with her father and starts helping out at the Anderson's farm from time to time. After awhile he asks permission from Jim and Katherine to get to know Grace better with the possibility of marriage. Jim and Katherine give their blessing to Clint and Jim tells Clint that as her father is going to protect Grace. Later on Clint asks Grace if he can have deeper friendship with her and with her parent's blessing she accepts.
Finishing up with a rather climatic scene a girl from Clint's past comes onto scene and Grace's old boy friend, Jared shows up uninvited to her family's harvest festival on their farm. A chance meeting brings Jared and Brooke into cahoots with each other, unfortunately. Working together they cause some trouble which thankfully gets them both thrown off the farm. Clint suddenly leaves to take care of some things in his past leaving Grace to think that their friendship is over.... however Clint works out a surprise with Jim to ask Grace to marry him--- he gives her a "Princess Cut" ring and the rest as they say is "history".
- I loved Grace's youngest brother, Drew. He added some humor to the movie and as an actor did a great job.
- I liked how Jim, Grace's father started studying and realized that it was his role to protect his daughter.
- When Jared and Grace meet it's confusing to see her date a guy that doesn't appear to be a Christian.
- When Jared wants to push down boundaries, Grace is uncomfortable with this, but eventually allows some things to slide which lead to more issues. During this time her father has been studying about how he needs to protect his daughter, but unfortunately due to being caught up with other things on his farm he neglects this.
- When Grace realizes the need to cut off her dating with Jared-- I think it would have been wise for her father to either call it off himself or go with his daughter. Rather he left it up to her which wasn't very protective.
- Tessa is a horrible influence for Grace... even though they are adults-- Grace still goes to her best friend for advice and well I think it would have been a good idea for her parents to realize who she is hanging with since Tessa's advice, well isn't great.
- Neither Grace or Clint are perfect people. They both have pasts which by God's grace they are able to overcome.
- I liked the family discussions!
- I liked how Clint wanted to protect Grace's heart though I still think there needed to be a bit more of her father's protection in the courtship--even with Clint being "the good guy".
- As far as the filming goes it was excellent although there were some scenes which did drag a little. There are also some actors/actresses which viewers may recognize from Return to the Hiding Place, Courageous, War Room, Polycarp, and Alone Yet Not Alone.
- Clint and Grace's friendship would basically fall into the category of courtship. Princess Cut in a nutshell is a story of a girl who is been through a string of dates and jilted several time. She comments about how she feels as though her heart has been past around like a football... Her parents catch a bit of vision for something different and encourage their daughter to focus on spending her time preparing herself and serving others while she is waiting. Clint comes along-- they have a courtship, they get married, and have a daughter of their own. The end!
So, while I'm not an advocate for courtship.... I'm appreciated the message of the film. To me- I took away from it fathers protecting their daughters and liked how Jim encouraged Grace to spend her time preparing herself for marriage, working on family relationships, and serving others.
Princess Cut was an enjoyable movie, but it's not really a movie that I would watch again. If you're looking for Christian romance flick then this movie just might be perfect for you!