A Royal Christmas Reunion
As a young man Prince Charles (Ingo Rademacher) of Baltamia studied at a university in Los Angeles and now having become King he finds himself heading back to Los Angeles on a diplomatic trip. It is whilst on this formal trip he plans to track down his college sweetheart, Allison (Tara Reid - Sharknado 5: Global Swarming), who much to his surprise is single having never married. But he is just as surprised to learn that Allison is also a single mum to Lily (Haley Pullos) who is 17 and that technically means that the King may have a daughter he never knew about.
"A Royal Christmas Ball" is one of those Christmas movies where the bad and the good comes at you in equal measures. Take for example the storyline which is like a sequel to the usual royal Christmas movie with this one seeing a foreign King who studied in America when he was a Prince returning and taking the opportunity to track down his college sweetheart. On top of that we have a teen daughter who may or may not be the King's daughter. These are nice ideas but who ever edited the movie and tried to incorporate fairytale like animations of a book's pages being turned ended up making it far too choppy which does little to keep you interested.
That good and bad side also plays a part when it comes to the casting as on one hand you have Ingo Rademacher delivering tall, dignified and handsome but with an independent side when it comes to dealing with his aide who organises his life. But then you have Tara Reid as his college sweetheart and unfortunately the pairing doesn't work with Reid almost coming across like she is in auto-pilot through out the movie. Fortunately there are subplots in "A Royal Christmas Ball" and the actors in the supporting roles deliver solid performances.
What this all boils down to is that "A Royal Christmas Ball" ends up a tame rollercoaster ride as some of the elements such as the storyline and subplots are pretty decent. But the editing and some of the acting ends up letting it down.