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William & Kate: Not My Kind of Lifetime Movie

Sometimes there’s nothing better than kicking back at the end of a long day and watching one of the ridiculous and convoluted movies that Lifetime is famous for. I usually just stick to watching Unsolved Mysteries and How I Met Your Mother re-runs on the channel, but I can just as easily get sucked into Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? or She’s Too Young.

Lately, a lot of the Lifetime movies haven’t featured teenagers with STDs like She’s Too Young but have been based on true stories, like the Amanda Knox and Natalee Holloway cases. Now, it’s time for the royals to have their turn in the oh-so-cleverly-titled William & Kate, which premiered Monday night after weeks and weeks of heavy promotion.

I don’t know where to start with the movie. It follows the long courtship of William and Kate, starting when they met at the University of St. Andrews. I didn’t buy Nico Evers-Swindell as William or Camilla Luddington as Kate; their acting wasn’t poor, but neither one looked or sounded the part. The dialogue was lame, and a lot of artistic license was used during several scenes, like a brutal public karaoke incident involving the prince serenading Kate. I am still suffering from second-hand embarrassment from that one. Honestly, if I hadn’t been planning on writing about the movie this week, I would have turned it off and switched to Gossip Girl.

I can’t fault Lifetime for tapping into the public’s interest in the royal wedding, but I can complain about how awful William & Kate was. For anyone who did love the movie and wants to be just like Kate, Lifetime is capitalizing on the wedding mania by offering their own “Lifetime Approved Royal Engagement Ring,” for the low, low price of just $79.95. It does look just like Kate’s ring (which was also Princess Diana’s), except the giant sapphire is faux and the diamonds are CZ. At least it’s nickel free!

Despite the sludge that was William & Kate, I will be watching the actual wedding (or, I’m at least going to try to wake up in time). I think Prince William seems like a decent guy, and I like Kate – and not just because we’re both named Catherine Elizabeth. She appears to be a nice, down-to-Earth person who just so happens to be getting married to the future King of England. I know she is going to be scrutinized beyond belief, and I hope she’s as strong as she seems… and I hope I’m able to get myself awake at 3 a.m. PT to watch the nuptials take place.

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

4 replies on “William & Kate: Not My Kind of Lifetime Movie”

Whoa there, why pay $79 for a knockoff, when you can have one for a mere $19 from the very reputable-sounding Sterlington Collection?

(I love how the voiceover says “Nineteen dollars ninety” – because OMG THAT’S HOW ENGLISH PEOPLE TALK)

I bet they’re even made in the same factory. Although, with the Lifetime version you get a “hinged jewelry gift box with black leatherette exterior” while the Sterling Collection version comes in a “hinged decorative velveteen jeweler’s box.” Velveteen? Feh. Only a peasant would accept anything less than leatherette to surround their fake 30-carat stone.

I saw ten minutes of this movie and it just looked awful. And my husband kept asking ‘wait, what is this?’ I’m not sure he’s aware of all the sappy tv movies that were made when Diana and Fergie got married.

Watching Diana’s wedding is a huge memory from my childhood. I’m totally down with watching this one too.

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