We enjoyed watching Princess Cut, a romantic drama for Christians from Watchman Pictures as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. As always, opinions are own.
Do you enjoy watching faith-based films?
I think the biggest draw for me is to see how to transition my faith to life. And, seeing how others deal with a struggle while walking the faith is a great way to do this.
Parents seek to raise their children to have their eyes on where they are headed in life. The world of dating is one of the areas where this can become a struggle for many parents. After all, the world is centered up seeking pleasure and not on the idea of marriage and family life.
About Princess Cut
Princess Cut is focused on the idea of finding your spouse rather than just dating for ‘fun.’
Grace is the protagonist of the story. In her early 20’s, she has dreamed of the day when her “Mr. Right” presents a Princess Cut diamond to her while pledging to love her forever.
As the story begins, she is preparing for what she thinks could be THE night. After 15 months of dating, she is convinced that Stewart will propose. Arriving at the restaurant he chose, she finds a large group of people instead of the intimate table she imagined. Soon after, she realizes this isn’t THE night…at least not for her as Stewart announces his engagement to someone else!
Still seeking the path to the family she desires, she eventually embarks on a quest with the help of her father’s guidance to understand what it means to love another person. Two cute guys (Jared from the coffee shop and Clint who bought a nearby house) enter her life, but they are not both what they seem. Nor does her best friend understand why Grace is seeking a courtship rather than dating for fun.
Like most romantic films, Grace will ultimately find her happy ending. The question is which of the guys in her life will be “Mr. Right”?
Trailer for Princess Cut
Our Thoughts on Princess Cut
I did enjoy the film overall.
My youngest son (age 8) joined me in watching. Something I liked is that while there are some things covered in the film, they are not explicit in their presentation. One scene in the film had some tension and fighting, but not to a graphic level which mainstream studios would include. This allows younger kids to watch without worry that they’ll be exposed to anything you are not prepared to discuss.
The film also includes comedic elements (e.g. her youngest brother taking out an ad for a husband in the local newspaper to ‘help’ his sister!) and glimpses of family life.
Like life, Grace has to walk through trials which have her stumbling to find ‘the one.’ But, she also had to fully embrace the idea of courtship and what love truly is before she could embark on the path God desired for her. It does all work out in the end and she finds herself in a better position than she may have imagined.
One aspect of the film’s message is that Grace’s father serves as her guide in selecting a future spouse. It isn’t something he was doing a well in the past and realizes he needs to step up into this role of fatherhood. While parents historically had more say in who their child married, this is becoming a foreign concept in our culture. Instead, people seek the romantic feeling of love and don’t see the red flags of potential problems (e.g. not sharing your faith!) when finding ‘the one.’
Another aspect of the film’s message that I like seeing is that we have to include God in the process. Ideally, we should include Him in all that we do – including dating – but this is something that can be easily forgotten in our modern world focused on the secular.
Finally, Grace had her heart so set upon receiving that Princess Cut diamond that she was not focused on what came next. I’ve seen many who do get so focused on the ring and planning the wedding, that they do not think about what marriage truly entails. This ties in with the need to have Godly examples of marriage in our lives and recognizing that feelings of attraction / romantic love can be fleeting. It is the person’s overall character and shared beliefs that will be most important over time.
This is a great film for either Christian parents to watch before their children reach the teen years, or to watch with your teen. Even though the protagonist is female, it is important for boys to understand how they should approach dating as well.
While we are no longer seeing matchmaking by the parents as the norm, including your parents in the process is important. After all, they have their child’s best interest at heart and have seen how much work it takes to make a marriage work. These are things that the movie emphasizes.
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit Watchman Pictures post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this resource.