Now the Royals of England were going to take a picture and they didn't realize that wires were in some water. That's right all of the line electrocuted. England has no Queen or King and what's worse is that they are going to have to go back for some years and some branches to find a legitimate heir.
They eventually come up with an American lounge singer by the name of Ralph Jones (John Goodman). When he is formerly approached with this idea of becoming King he thinks it is a joke. When it finally hits him that they are serious his attitude is one of the pay may be better.
Ralph is the last person that you would want ruling a country. Sir Cedric Willingham (Peter O'Toole) thinks he can get old Ralph in shape to take the throne in four month's time.
You see, here is where the problem arrives in the person of one Lord Percival Graves (John Hurt). A snobbish waste of a man who feels he should be King. Thus he is out to do anything and everything to make Ralph a joke.
Ralph being the man that he is has to get out of the Palace and go looking about London. He runs into a young woman by the name of Miranda Green (Camille Coduri). The two actually hit it off. Problem is Miranda is not worthy of being an escort of a King. Lord Graves does his best to promote this relationship as he wants to plaster it all over the papers and TV.
Ralph is doing okay with his training until he has a Royal ball with the King And Queen of Finland (Julian Glover and Judy Parfitt) in attendance. They also have Princess Anna (Joely Richardson) with them and they are trying to hook Ralph and Anna together. The ball shall we say strikes out and Ralph is not looking too good.
This is about a far fetched an idea that you could come up with for a movie. In the end, it is a very enjoyable. It is comedy at its purists. Director David S.Ward does a fine job with this cast and turns what could have easily been a waste of time into a lovely show. Enjoy.