A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

Mark Rosman (2004)

91min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
After bowling over adolescent girls in the Freaky Friday remake, Chad Michael Murray reinforces his pin-up status with another romantic role. In a high-school-set reworking of the Cinderella fairy tale, Murray's modern-day Prince Charming may do his wooing via cyberspace but he still manages to live up to the archetype. Little wonder, then, that orphaned student Hilary Duff is smitten by the initially anonymous, online sweet-talker, who's a dreamy diversion from the cruel demands of her self-obsessed stepmother (Jennifer Coolidge) and spiteful stepsisters. Visually Duff and Murray make a cute couple, even if neither are particularly charismatic, and their overall enthusiasm has a saccharine appeal. Unfortunately their performances are undermined by corny dialogue and a hackneyed plotline that updates the original story too literally. Though the cheeky humour has its occasional moments, as does the Pretty in Pink-style bitchiness, ultimately you need to be a pre-teen to appreciate this movie.

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Cast & Crew

Sam Montgomery Hilary Duff
Fiona Jennifer Coolidge
Austin Ames Chad Michael Murray
Carter Dan Byrd
Rhonda Regina King
Shelby Julie Gonzalo
Mrs Wells Lin Shaye
Brianna Madeline Zima
Gabriella Andrea Avery
Eleanor Mary Pat Gleason
Director Mark Rosman
Sam Montgomery Hilary Duff
Fiona Jennifer Coolidge
Austin Ames Chad Michael Murray
Carter Dan Byrd
Rhonda Regina King
Shelby Julie Gonzalo
Mrs Wells Lin Shaye
Brianna Madeline Zima
Gabriella Andrea Avery
Director Mark Rosman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 20 Aug 2004
Comedy Drama Children's