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The Princess Diaries 2001

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Mia is bright but shy and wants to be invisible at school. This is thwarted when her grandmother arrives and tells her she's a princess and heir to a European throne. The reluctant royal is coached in regal manners but soon finds a media storm, jealous classmates and a plot to take over her country.

Starring:
Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway
Runtime:
1 hour, 55 minutes

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Format: VHS Tape
This is a charming, light hearted film that is fun for the whole family. It is a bit of fluff that tells the tale of a gawky and shy fifteen year old misfit named Mia, who is, in reality, princess of Genovia.
Mia, played with adolescent charm by beautiful newcomer, Anne Hathaway, is just another adolescent living in San Francisco with her artist mother, when her estranged, paternal grandmother, Queen of Genovia, swoops down on her and tells Mia that she is, in fact, a princess of royal blood and the next ruler of the kingdom of Genovia. Granny, regally played by the stately, always lovely, and seemingly ageless Julie Andrews, is determined to turn her awkward granddaughter into a princess worthy of her crown. Mia, a most reluctant royal, agrees to these "princess" lessons, and along the road to royalty learns a few hard lessons about growing up.
An excellent supporting cast, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall, and Robert Schwartzman contribute to the charm of this film, which provides good, clean fun for the entire family.
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Format: DVD
I first saw this gem of a film in Canada a year and a half ago. I loved it. So I bought it on DVD as soon as it was available because it was one of those films. The story of a bright but terribly shy and geeky school girl, Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway)whose only goal in life is just to survive a day at school with very little embarrassment as possible. Then one day, her wish to be invisible is suddenly put on hold when her strict grandmother (Julie Andrews) arrives into town and announces the shocking news that Mia is to become the next heir to the throne of Genovia. Furious and deeply shocked, Mia undergoes a comical transformation that sees her take 'princess lessons' and making the biggest decision of her life in the space of three weeks.

The scene where we see her managing at the dinner table among all of the guests of her grandmother is hillarious and Miss Hathaway proves she has comical ability. Newcomer Anne Hathaway is a delight as Mia who turns from shy school girl to gorgeous princess. I have to say that Julie Andrews graces the screen with such majesty and presence that she almost steals the film. A wonderful and delightful fairytale suitable for the whole family.
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Format: DVD
I originally bought this for my niece a while ago, who made me sit down and watch it, and I was expecting the usual horrific tweenage movie... but I was more than suprised! I absolutely adored the film, it was great escapism and the innocence of it was nice break from the movies that seemed to be aimed at that age group these days. It was so good I ended up purchasing it for myself.

Needless to say I went on to buy her the second one (and watch it myself) I'm intending to add that to my DVD collection too!
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Format: DVD
15-year-old Mia Thermopolis is just hoping to get through school. She mostly invisible and likes it that way. Then her grandmother comes to visit and reveals a secret. Mia is really a princess and next in line for the throne of Genovia. Now Mia must learn to act like a princess while dealing with her new found popularity and fame. Does she want the throne? Can she rule? Will she hurt her friends in the process?
This is a fun movie. Rewatching it recently, I was struck by how realistic it was. Mia goes through many emotions over the course of the movie, all of which exactly what a girl in her shoes would go through. And her growth is quite noticeable. Along the way, there's a great story that moves along nicely and keeps your interest. Newcomer Anne Hathaway is perfect as Mia, and Julie Andrews brings believability to her roll as Queen Clarisse. I can't imagine anyone else in her roll.
The DVD release is perfect for fans of the movie. The widescreen picture looks great and the full surround is perfect. There's a fun behind the scenes featurette, 8 deleted scenes with interesting if somewhat over done commentary by Gary Marshall, and two audio commentaries. The first features director Gary Marshall and the second features a tea party/commentary with Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway.
Pre-teens girls are the target audience of this movie, and they'll love it. But anyone in the family will enjoy this movie if they'll give it a chance.
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My twelve year old is a huge fan of The Princess Diaries books by Meg Cabot, so I ordered this for her. She really enjoyed it, but when I asked for star rating, she gave it 4. She says this is because they changed some things too much from the book. Otherwise, thumbs up :)
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Format: DVD
When I first saw this delightful film in Canada at the end of August 2001 I thought to myself "when this comes out on DVD I want to buy it". I bought it and the same feeling came over me as when I saw it the first time. What a delightful film it was. The story of a young school girl whose only mission in life is to get through the school day in one piece who gets transformed into a lovely princess and heir to the throne of a faraway place sounds implausible but it works beautifully and with such style. Anne Hathaway gives a wonderful performance in her film debut as the geeky and shy school girl, Mia Thermopolis, who just wants to survive each day at school with the minimum of embarrassment and attention. And suddenly her grandmother comes into town and announces that she is a princess and the next heir to the throne of Genovia. She then agrees to take lessons on how to be a princess but not without getting over the shock first. And then she has just three weeks to make the most important decision of her life. This is a beautiful and gorgeous piece of family entertainment. Anne Hathaway is a delight to watch especially in the scene when she tries to get used to the way a royal has dinner in a hilarious dinner scene. Julie Andrews as her strict grandmother just oozes sheer class and graces the screen and almost steals the show but lets her protege take centre stage. An absolute joy and one of the best modern day fairytales I've seen.
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