By Melissa Pierson
Updated February 24, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST
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Princess Caraboo

type
  • Movie

If you dismiss Princess Caraboo on the basis of its kiddie packaging, you’ll never know that it actually conjures up the dark side of fairy tales. And that’s too bad, because the story — of a homeless young woman (Phoebe Cates) who is either a foreign princess or a common strumpet subject to harsh vagrancy laws in 1817 England — is as timely a parable about power and poverty as 1995 America could ask for. Of course, you’d also miss its execrable acting: Kevin Kline and John Lithgow hyperventilating, Stephen Rea sleepwalking, and Cates, who should be seen and not heard. Oh, well. You can’t have everything. C+

Princess Caraboo

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • PG
director
  • Michael Austin

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