The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

  • U
  • Garry Marshall (2004)
  • US
  • 108 min
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
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Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

After the cheery feel-good charm of his original rags-to-royal-riches fairy tale, director Garry Marshall should have aimed higher than the feel-okay of this barely amusing follow-up. When Anne Hathaway's grandmother (Julie Andrews) steps down from the Genovian throne, the ancient constitution decrees that Hathaway must be married to be crowned queen. Hastily engaged to the boring Callum Blue, she secretly lusts after sexy Chris Pine, despite his dastardly uncle (John Rhys-Davies) being involved in a plot to oust her. This bland story is so over-stretched with unfunny business that even ardent admirers of the film's two genuine assets - the gamine Hathaway and good sport Andrews - are likely to wilt. The one undisputed highlight is Andrews singing on screen for the first time since her 1997 throat surgery - other than that, it's a right royal mess.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy sequel starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. Princess Mia returns to Genovia after graduating and hopes to take over from her grandmother, Queen Clarisse, and rule the country fairly and wisely. But evil Viscount Mabrey has other ideas and wants to install his nephew Nicholas on the throne. He therefore reminds everyone of the law that an unmarried woman cannot become queen.

Cast and crew


Mia Thermopolis
Anne Hathaway
Queen Clarisse Renaldi
Julie Andrews
Hector Elizondo
Viscount Mabrey
John Rhys-Davies
Lilly Moscovitz
Heather Matarazzo
Lord Nicholas Devereaux
Chris Pine
Lord Andrew Jacoby
Callum Blue
Charlotte Kutaway
Kathleen Marshall
Lord Palimore
Tom Poston


Garry Marshall

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Available on video and DVD
Released 15 Oct 2004
Certificate U
Buena Vista Home Entertainment