A Chick Flick for the Guys: Men of All Ages Are Falling for long-distance princess

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Without the allure of dazzling effects or other gimmicks, long-distance princess, a contemporary teen romance, impacts both men and boys who watch it.

It was so true in reality to what we think and feel.

There are no concussive explosions, 3-D graphics or dizzying fight scenes. Yet the unabashed, teen romance, long-distance princess (lower-case because it is based on a screen name) consistently captivates the hearts of many guys who see it. “It was so true in reality to what we think and feel,” effuses Jared Taylor, 17, after one of several preview screenings.

The film resonates equally well with older men. “It really touched me,” reveals Ric David, 48. “It's a good movie (with a) lot of good story, plot...”

long-distance princess is an independent, family-oriented, feature film, which finished post-production late last year. The story revolves around a high school girl who is secretly in love with a boy in her art class. She seems to stumble upon the opportunity of a lifetime when he asks her to help him get to know her beautiful friend in Britain. To watch the trailer, click here.

The film’s reception among males has surprised writer and director, Lionel Chew. “I wrote and directed the film clearly with my primary audience of teen girls in mind to encourage them,” he explains. “I was quite overwhelmed with how well it’s been received by a lot of guys.”

“I really liked the movie,” declares Kenny Chan, 45, after the latest screening. “It’s the second time I’ve seen it, and this time was even better.”

“I did write parts of it for some of the guys who might be dragged to the movie by their girlfriends,” confesses Chew. “I didn’t think it would be that romantic an evening if their boyfriends sat there sound asleep.”

It looks as if Chew’s strategy has worked. “When I watched movies with my family in the past few years, I would usually fall asleep half way through the movie,” admits Andrew Yang , 50, who accompanied his wife and children to a screening. As for long-distance princess, he recalls, “I stayed awake from the very first to the last minute.”

“It just keeps people’s attention,” agrees Sebastian D’Souza, 46, “because the story, you can relate to it.” Along those lines, Taylor observes, “I definitely saw some of the same things reflected in my life.” Chan also concludes, “It was very real.”

Another part of the film’s appeal may be that it moves beyond the typical girl-falls-for-guy fare and explores themes of personal significance and codes of honor. “It was very meaningful,” observes Kevin Morris, 17. “It made a lot of sense.”

Seth Young, 19, affirms, “It had a real big impact on me personally.”

For more information, see longdistanceprincess.com or visit the long-distance princess movie page on facebook.

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