A Princess for Christmas

Synopsis: Jules Daly is struggling to raise her orphaned niece and nephew (Maggie and Milo) alone, but it isn't easy after getting downsized out of her antique sales job while Milo rebels against the death of his parents through petty theft. With things looking bleak for Christmas, an English butler named Paisley arrives with an invitation for all to come see the kids' emotionally distant grandfather who lives in Castlebury Hall, somewhere near Liechtenstein. With nothing to hold them back, they go, but the grandfather - Edward, Duke of Castlebury - is rather cold over their visit to his castle. So is his other surviving son, Ashton, Prince of Castlebury. Before long, they're all having a good time and looking forward to hosting a Christmas Eve ball, but Jules overhears a conversation from which she draws a wrong conclusion.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Michael Damian
Production: Lionsgate
  2 nominations.
91 min

Once upon a time,

in a land called Buffalo,

there lived a little girl

named Jules Daly,

who dreamt of traveling

to far-away places,

where people sang

and danced on a whim.

Where houses were filled

with musical boxes,

mechanical dolls

and cuckoo clocks.

But alas, not all tales

can have happy endings.

Jules grew up, and

still has her dreams.


she's still in Buffalo.

Hello, Buffalo antiques and stuff.

Yes, we buy and sell antiques.

And do clock repairs.

Sure, bring them here.

I'll get it.

Hi, can I help you?

Yes, I'm looking for

a present for my daughter.

- OK, what are her interests?

- Well, she's a...


- Maddie, are you making a mess?!

- No, I'm just making a snack.

Strange... Milo!

Kasawanski's ninja massacre, awesome!

- Hey Milo! What's up?

- Zoey! What are you doing here?

- I'm your neighbor. This is my video store too.

- Quit following me.

- You know that game is rated 17+.

- Tell me something I don't know!

- Psycho-Bob will never let you buy it.

- We'll just have to borrow it, then.

- Did you find what you were looking for?

- Yeah.

- I'm outta here.

- Me too.

- Stop!

- Come on, let's go!

- Look out!

- He's coming!

- Stop that kid!

- Let's split up!

It's perfect! How did you

managed that so quickly?

I have a seven-year old.

And a teenage boy.

- Step-children?

- No, I am their aunt, and legal guardian.

It's just the three of us,

but I have a wonderful nanny

who keeps

everything under control.

Mrs. Caley?

- You're welcome. And merry Christmas!

- Merry Christmas!

Hey, I just sold a music box.

Now if I could just find a customer for my clock.

Jules, we need to talk.

- I'm sure you know that business is down.

- I can do better.

You've been wonderful.

I can only imagine

how difficult this year

has been for you.

Losing your sister and

brother-in-law last Christmas ...

- I'm getting through it.

- Look, there's no easy way to say this,

unfortunately, I can't afford

to keep you on.

In fact, if business doesn't turn around soon,

I may have to close the store.

- Arthur, please.

- I'm sorry, Jules. Really, I am.

You're the best salesgirl I've ever had.

I'll put out some feelers and

see if there's any other job openings.

Yeah, thanks.

Milo, open up!

We have an emergency!

You left the house.

I'm telling.

One word, and Dolly Dinckle

loses her head. Got it?

Milo, you left the garbage cans

in the driveway again!

- I can't take this anymore!

- He's a murderer!

- You asked for it.

- What happened?

Aunt Jules, Milo killed

Dolly Dinckle!

- And he snuck out again!

- You snuck out?

- Wait until you see the laundry room!

- Mrs Caley, I'm so sorry!

Milo, did you glue her purse?

- That's it! I quit!

- No, Mrs Caley, you can't quit, I need you!

What you need is a SWAT team!

- Wait!

- And one more thing...

your check bounced. Again!

Intensive violence, crude humor,

blood, gore, oh, suggestive scenes!

Milo, you're grounded for two weeks.

- No, I'm not!

- Yes you are. And don't talk back to me!

- But it's Christmas vacation.

-And no TV!

- What? That is bull...

- Don't even say it.

Better be careful, Milo, or Santa

won't put anything in your stocking.

Who cares? Everyone knows

there's no Santa Claus.

How can you say that?

Of course there's a Santa Claus!

It's the lamest Christmas ever.

Milo, wait!

Come here, sweetie.

- Don't cry.

- But he said there wasn't a Santa.

Honey, he didn't mean it.

Just because

it's only the three of us now doesn't mean

there's no Santa Claus.

- You just have to believe is all.

- I believe.

Me too, sweetie. Me too.

I know you're really mad at me, but...

crushing your little sister's feelings

is a terrible way to start Christmas.


Maddie and I are gonna get a tree tomorrow.

You want to come?

I just wish Christmas was over.

All it makes me think about

is loosing mom and dad.

Good evening!

My name is Paisley Winterbottom.

You must be Miss Maddie.

I work for your grandfather.

- I have a grandfather?

- Of course you do!

Maddie, Mr. Paisley and I need

to have an adult conversation.

I just need five minutes of your time.

I don't know what your deal

is, but Grandpa Huntington's name

hasn't been mentioned

around here much

since he cut off his son

for marring my sister.

Yes, that was very unfortunate.

- Unfortunate? Did you ever meet my sister?

- I'm sorry to say that I did not.

Well, she was a magnificent person.

And that pompous family didn't deserve her.

If I may be so bold, they're not just any family.

Their grandfather happens to be a Duke!

- Well, whopateedoo. What's your title?

- I am the butler.

Really? I thought

butlers were extinct.

Oh, no, we'd made a comeback. P. Diddy has three.

Master Milo.

- Who's he?

- Paisley Winterbottom.

And I'm here to invite all three of you

to spend Christmas at Castlebury Hall.

- Where's that?

- Stone's throw from Liechtenstein.

- It doesn't matter, we're not going.

- Why not?

Well, for one, I have a job.

But your former employer relieved

you of that responsibility.

No way, you got fired?

The airline tickets will

be arriving this evening,

and I have a check to cover

your traveling expenses.

We don't accept handouts from

gutless guilty family members.

But I was told not

to return without you.

Then you'll just gonna

have to move to Buffalo.

- He can stay with us.

- No he can't!

There is something you need to know,

the Duke's not very well and...

He'd really love to see

his grandchildren before ...

- There, I've said it.

- I'm very sorry to hear that.

I'll think about it.

It's the best I can do for now.

- No, thank you.

- I'll hang on to it then.

Goodnight, Miss Daly.

- Goodnight, Mr Winterbottom.

We miss you, sis.

I'm trying really hard

with the kids, but...

Milo just seems

so angry all the time.

Maddie needs constant supervision.

And now the nanny's quit and

the car's broke and

I lost my job.

I'm in big trouble.

I just wished you were here

to tell me what to do.

Maddie, look!

Isn't it pretty?

- Are we getting close to grandpa's house?

- It's just over the hill.

Welcome to Castlebury Hall.

- It's a castle!

- It's a mega mansion!

It's... it's a nightmare!

Kids, you can't break anything here!

- Who are they?

- I think this is the staff.

Let me introduce you to everyone,

they're all terribly excited to meet you.

This is Mrs Birch, the

head housekeeper,

who'll give you any assistance

you'll require, Miss Daly.

- Hi there! Just Jules is fine.

What should I call you?

- Mrs Birch.

And this is Abigail,

who'll be looking after Miss Maddie.

You're pretty.

And this is Floyd, the under-butler.

He'll be looking after Master Milo.

I have a butler? That's insane.

Actually, can I have Abigail instead?

This is George the valet,

Amy the chambermaid and Brian the footman.

Please, follow me.

- I like them.

- Yes, they seem quite spirited.

Enough chatting, go.

This is the great hall.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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