I just finished watching Red, White, & Royal Blue, and I’m already plotting my next viewing. (Spoiler: it’s tomorrow.) 

There are always changes to be made when adapting a book into a movie, and this is no exception. The director talked about that here, though personally I would have welcomed a 3 hour movie in this instance.  Overall, the movie totally works as both an adaptation that hits all the right notes and a great movie on its own merits. As a devoted fan of the book, I was delighted to spot so many book moments (all the important ones, really) and various book quotes in the movie.

Regardless how long you’ve been a fan of Alex and Henry, everything is more fun with a drinking game! Grab your favorite cocktail and settle in to make some history.

Take a drink:

  • Every time someone makes a sexual innuendo 
  • For Alex’s ridic eyelashes
  • Every time Henry fiddles with his signet ring
  • Every time Zahra kicks ass
  • When Philip is a stock photo
  • For Alex’s Texas memo
  • For David the beagle
  • Every time Uma’s accent makes you wince
  • When you see a transatlantic flight on screen 

Take two drinks:

  • When Cornbread the turkey appears
  • When Alex is reading Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop
  • When Nora helps Alex assess his sexuality 
  • For the Red Room
  • When you see Rachel Maddow on screen 

Take a shot for: 

  • “History, huh? Bet we can make some.”
  • Dancing to Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz’ Get Low

Finish your drink: 

  • When election night comes to an end

Pour one out for:

  • The PowerPoint, especially the slide “Federal Funding, Travel Expenses, Booty Calls, and You”

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We published this review during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. This work would not exist without the labor of writers and actors, and we support their goals. 

Meredith loves vampires, ridiculous werewolves, and Shadowhunters the most but has a soft spot for a good murder (mystery). When not reading or working, she prefers to make baked goods and cocktails and catch up on TV and movies, sometimes all at once. Meredith resides in Austin with a particularly clingy cat.