Princess Protection Program is a 2009 Diseney Channel Original Movie that premiered on June 26, 2009 in the United States and winner of the Teen Choice Award 2009 for Choice Summer TV Show. The film is directed by Allison Liddi-Brown and filmed in Puerto Rico written by Annie DeYoung and stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. Princess Protection Program was watched by 8.5 million viewers and this is the fourth-highest premiere for a Disney Channel Original Movie.
Cast of Princess Protection Program
Demi Lovate-Princess Rosalinda Maria Montoya Fiore/Rosie Gonzalez
Tom Verica-Major Joe Mason
Ssully Diaz-Queen Sophia Fioré
Johnny Ray Rodringuez-General Magnus Kane
Jamie Chung-Chelsea Barnes
Molly Hagan-The Director
Dale Dickey-Helen Digenerstet
Ricardo Alvarez-Mr. Elegante
What teenager doesn’t dream of someday making a difference in the world? While one would assume that Princess Rosalinda (Demi Lovato) has a better chance of achieving that dream than regular Louisiana teenager Carter Mason (Selena Gomez), life is very unpredictable. Carter is a tomboy who lives with her dad, Major Mason (Tom Verica), and works in his bait shop. She’s a fairly typical teenager who’s crushing on a boy who barely knows she exists, and she has a strong aversion to her shallow and ultra-popular classmates Chelsea (Jamie Chung) and Brooke (Samantha Droke). Carter’s dad works for the virtually unknown International Princess Protection Program and when he’s called away on an emergency mission, he returns with rescued Princess-in-distress Rosalinda Maria Montoya Fiore (Demi Lovato) whose ascension to the throne of small island country Costa Luna is in peril thanks to militant dictator General Magnus Kane (Johnny Ray). Clueless dad that he is, Major Mason has no idea of how upset Carter will be at the intrusion of a total stranger into her life or of how difficult it will be for ""Rosie"" to blend in and pretend she’s an average American teenager. While Carter and Rosie take an immediate dislike to one another, they eventually realize that they are not so inherently different and they join forces against Chelsea and Brooke, becoming friends in the process. When Princess Rosalinda’s cover is blown, it’s Carter who engineers a dangerous plan that could make a huge difference in her friend’s future and the future of Costa Luna.
A Disney Channel Original Movie about finding what one has to offer the world and then giving it freely, Princess Protection Program is a nicely crafted, entertaining, and inspirational film for tweens and young teens. Bonus features include a look at the relationship between real-life best friends Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, an examination of what being a modern princess is really all about, including interview footage with real-life princess India Oxenberg, and Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato’s music video ""One and the Same."" —Tami Horiuchi