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Princess Protection Program
Selena Gomez with a fishing rod sitting beside Demi Lovato, who is wearing a yellow ballgown and tiara.
Promotional poster
Screenplay byAnnie DeYoung
Story byAnnie DeYoung
David Morgasen
Directed byAllison Liddi-Brown
StarringDemi Lovato
Selena Gomez
Nicholas Braun
Jamie Chung
Samantha Droke
Tom Verica
Music byJohn Van Tongeren
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerDanielle Weinstock
CinematographyDavid A. Makin
EditorMark Conte
Running time89 minutes
Production companyRainforest Productions
Original release
NetworkDisney Channel
ReleaseJune 26, 2009 (2009-06-26)

Princess Protection Program is a 2009 Disney Channel Original Movie, directed by Allison Liddi-Brown and starring Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. The script was written by Annie DeYoung from a story by Annie DeYoung and David Morgasen.[1] The film premiered on June 26, 2009, in the United States on Disney Channel and was released on DVD on June 30, 2009. The film won the 2009 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Summer Movie.


Princess Rosalinda María Montoya Fioré is about to be crowned queen of the small nation of Costa Luna. General Magnus Kane, the dictator of neighboring country, Costa Estrella, invades her palace with his agents during her coronation rehearsal, and attempts to capture the royal family and take over the country. Major Joe Mason, an agent of the Princess Protection Program (P.P.P.), a secret organization funded by royal families that looks after endangered princesses, whisks her away to safety via helicopter. Kane's agents, however, succeed in capturing her widowed mother, Queen Sofía Fioré of Costa Luna.

The Princess Protection Program hides Rosalinda in Joe's home in Lake Monroe, Louisiana, where she meets his teenage daughter, Carter, an insecure tomboy who works at the family bait shop and dreams of going to the homecoming dance with her crush, Donny, although her classmate, Ed, secretly has a crush on her. Rosalinda poses as "Rosie Gonzalez", Carter's "cousin from Iowa". Though Carter initially treats her with hostility, she warms up to her after Rosie explains her situation, and the two become best friends. Carter teaches Rosie to act like the average American teenager, and Rosalinda shows Carter how to disarm those that scorn them, especially resident mean girls, Chelsea Barnes and Brooke Angels. Rosie soon becomes popular at their high school.

In an attempt to trick Rosalinda into exposing her location, General Kane announces plans to forcibly marry her mother. Having learned Rosie's identity from a magazine, Brooke threatens to expose her unless she drops out of the vote for homecoming queen. Rosie reads of the pending nuptials in the magazine and tells Carter that she has decided to return home. Knowing Costa Luna is still too dangerous, Carter secretly devises a plan to pose as Rosalinda and use herself as bait to lure Kane into capture. Carter calls Mr. Elegante, Rosie's royal dressmaker and friend, for help with her plan. He tells Kane that Rosie will be attending the homecoming dance and plans to wear a Caribbean blue dress – he actually sends it to Carter, and gives Rosie a pale pink one. In the meantime, Rosie agrees to stay for the dance.

In order to help make the event special, a group of friends, including Rosie and Carter, wear masks to the dance, helping Carter disguise herself as Rosie. According to plan, Kane and his agents mistake Carter for Rosalinda and lead her to Kane's helicopter. However, after winning the homecoming queen title despite Chelsea and Brooke's efforts, Rosie discovers and ruins the plan by exposing herself to Kane, insisting to Carter that it is not her fight. Luckily, agents of the Princess Protection Program, including Major Mason, have been waiting inside the helicopter and rescue both girls. The P.P.P. agents quickly apprehend Kane and his henchmen and turn them over to the international authorities. Rosie is crowned queen with Carter, Joe, Ed, Sofía, and Mr. Elegante in attendance.



Filming took place in Puerto Rico from March 14, 2008, to April 18, 2008, and it is the first Disney Channel Original Movie filmed in Puerto Rico. School scenes as well as homecoming scenes were filmed at Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola and Colegio San José in San Juan and lake scenes were filmed at the Carraizo Lake in Trujillo Alto. Castillo Serrallés in Ponce was used for interior and exterior castle scenes while the interior courtyard of Casa de España in the Old San Juan was used for both coronation scenes.[2]


Disney Channel promoted the film's premiere weekend by offering never-before-seen episodes of their original series' Wizards of Waverly Place and Sonny with a Chance as an online reward if viewers could correctly count the number of times the words "princess," "princesses" and "princesa" are spoken during the film and enter the correct number into a section on their website.[3][better source needed]

Home media

The film was released on DVD on June 30, 2009, in the United States[4] and was later available worldwide.


The film introduced two songs: a duet recorded by Lovato and Gomez called "One and the Same" and a song recorded by Mitchel Musso called "The Girl Can't Help It". Both songs were included on the compilation album Disney Channel Playlist, which was released on June 9, 2009. The film also includes the song "Two Worlds Collide" by Lovato (featured on Lovato's debut album Don't Forget), "Saturdays and Sundays" by KSM (featured on their album Read Between the Lines) and "Ride" by Diana Page.

One and the Same

"One and the Same"
Song by Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez
from the album Disney Channel Playlist
GenrePop rock
LabelWalt Disney
Songwriter(s)Colleen Fitzpatrick, Michael Kotch, Dave Derby
Producer(s)Mitch Allan

"One and the Same" is a song performed by the main actors Lovato and Gomez. The song was written by Vitamin C, Michael Kotch and Dave Derby and was produced by Mitch Allan. The song's music video was included on the DVD of the film. The song was also featured on the compilation album, Disney Channel Playlist, which was released on June 9, 2009.[5]

Chart performance

The song peaked at number 82 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It has sold 336,000 digital copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[6]


Chart (2009) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 82


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 60% based on 5 reviews.[8] Laura Fries of Variety magazine describes the film as being "light as a summer breeze on the Louisiana bayou". Although the film does not stray far from the Disney formula, Fries also praised the film writer Annie DeYoung for providing young girls a nice message about self-esteem. Fries said the film should be a hit with the channel's target audience.[9]


The film garnered 8.5 million viewers on its premiere, making Disney Channel the most-watched network in the time slot, with nearly double the viewers of CBS at that time.[10]


Year Ceremony Award Result
2009 Teen Choice Awards[11] Choice Summer TV Movie Won
Choice Summer TV Star – Female: Selena Gomez Won
Choice Summer TV Star – Female: Demi Lovato Nominated
2010 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Children's Program – Allison Liddi-Brown Won
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special – Leading Young Actress: Selena Gomez Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special – Leading Young Actress: Demi Lovato Nominated


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  11. ^ Awards for Princess Protection Program 2009 - IMDB