As if to prove that light romantic comedy can be just as difficult to stage as Shakespeare, Kenneth Branagh fails at both, simultaneously. The king of Navarre (Alessandro Nivola) has decreed that he and his three lords (Matthew Lillard, Adrian Lester and Branagh) shall
foreswear women and devote the next three years to their studies, completely forgetting the impending visit of the comely Princess of France (Alicia Silverstone) and her three lovely ladies (Natascha McElhone, Carmen Ejogo and Emily Mortimer). When they arrive, the king insists they set up camp
outside the kingdom walls, even though it's clearly love at first sight all around. Surreptitious courting ...