This sleeper hit period-piece was the surprise underdog favorite at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, and if you've ever seen it, you know why. A well-spun tale ov triumph and tragedy, although not necessarily in that order!
The main character (the protagonist, if you will) is a royal Prince, and also the son ov a King. His life is very posh and luxurious, and every whim and need is laid bare before him for his enjoyment. Having spent his entire life this way, when it came time for him to marry, the idea ov his pre-arranged (and no doubt potentially wonderful) marriage begins to chide at his sense ov male pride. This results in him getting cold feet during his elaborate wedding ceremony after meeting his queen-to-be, and then convincing his father (the King) to allow him to go to America, under the pretense ov "sowing his wild oats", before marriage. But in secret reality, he hopes to find a bride that he loves and deems worthy by his own standards.
He wishes to remain anonymous in his adventure for love, so he assumes the character ov a common poor person, and stows away on a HUGE boat that is headed directly for America. Upon this titan ov a ship, he meets people from all walks ov life, has many hilarious and heartwarming encounters (not least ov all with the woman who is to be the love ov his life), and learns valuable lessons about what it's really like to be a poor person living without the ample means that royalty brings (even going to far as to take a menial job in the food service industry).
I don't wanna be a spoiler, but I can tell you that there's a really hot scene where the Prince gets to draw a picture ov this lady's boobs (which is like an old-school version ov sending someone a nudie pic on your iPhone), and also that they live happily ever after.