The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries

Garry Marshall (2001)

110min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Despite the regality of the title, this is a downmarket comedy with its box-office intentions very much aimed at the pre-teen market. Julie Andrews projects her usual sweet-faced radiance as Queen Clarisse Renaldi of Genovia - and revives memories of her My Fair Lady on Broadway - in another variation on the Pygmalion story. The Eliza Doolittle character here is San Francisco schoolgirl Mia Thermopolis - played for sympathy rather than understanding by Anne Hathaway - who's so clumsy that she's always at the mercy of cheerleader bullies. But when the gauche geek finds out she's next in line to the throne of a small European country, she receives a royal makeover from her new-found grandmother. As he did with his biggest box-office hit, Pretty Woman, director Garry Marshall has a wish-fulfilling romance on his hands, but on this occasion he is too interested in humdrum school scenes rather than the dilemmas of an ugly duckling-made-royal. Thank heavens for a performance of class from Andrews.

Summary

An ordinary teenager discovers she is descended from royal stock and her grandmother is a queen. However, when this formidable regal lady insists she learn to behave like a princess, life suddenly becomes very complicated. Family comedy, starring Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Heather Matarazzo and Hector Elizondo.

Cast & Crew

Queen Clarisse Renaldi Julie Andrews
Mia Thermopolis Anne Hathaway
Lilly Moscovitz Heather Matarazzo
Joe Hector Elizondo
Lana Thomas Mandy Moore
Helen Caroline Goodall
Robert Schwartzman Robert Schwartzman
Josh Bryant Erik von Detten
Charlotte Kathleen Marshall
Vice Principal Gupta Sandra Oh
Director Garry Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 21 Dec 2001
Comedy Children's