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The Princess Diaries (2001)

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Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her 16th year.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Bryant (as Erik Von Detten)
Jeremiah Hart (as Patrick Flueger)
Vice Principal Gupta
Gym Teacher Ms. Harbula
Music Teacher Wells (as Kim Leigh)
Cheerleader Anna (as Beth Anne Garrison)


Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager - sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly's older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn't come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia's life is thrown into complete overload. She's being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia's Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to... Written by LadyN1

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She rocks. She rules. She reigns.


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Release Date:

3 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El diario de la princesa  »

Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,862,269 (USA) (3 August 2001)


$108,244,774 (USA) (11 January 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The trolley that Mia rolls back into with her Mustang is not a trolley or cable car but a tour bus. The tires of the bus can be seen in the shot. See more »


Before the "order of the rose" scene, as Mia is driving up the hill she explains that it is the shortest way to the consulate. Later when the police offer to take them they turn down the hill. See more »


[first lines]
Helen Thermopolis: Time for school! Stop daydreaming, you'll be late for school.
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Crazy Credits

"Fat Louie" was credited as "Himself," when in fact there were four cats used for the part, none of them named Louie. See more »


References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »


Written by Antonina Armato and Tim James
Performed by 3G's
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Anne Hathaway's makes it memorable
25 September 2004 | by (Sri Lanka) – See all my reviews

Though this story sounds like a cheesy teenage fairy tale attempt, it is something quite the contrary. The 'girl who finds out she is a princess' story, has been most certainly covered, but this makes you forget about it being a fairy tale cliché.

All thanks to Anne Hathaway, who just sizzled as Mia – her cool/ funny tone of voice and personality, just made her picture perfect. It was as is she was just born to play it. In the end, this movie ranked no.19 in the top 20 movie list of the year 2001, grossing more than 100 million at the box office….something which it completely deserved. Julie Andrews, makes a sudden re-appearance as Queen Clarise. Though she does fit perfectly to what the casting director's envisage of the Queen, there is something that does not fit, to make it perfect. However, that does not stop anyone from not enjoying the movie and having fun. Mandy Moore's debut performance…well was HORRIBLE (listen to her cover version of 'Stupid Cupid'- its even worst than her acting)! But because Anne Hathaway's character was brought out with a lot of strength, all these minor faults seemed invisible. Hector Elizondo was equally good as the chauffeur Joe. He had wit and the personality. Heather Matarazzo always plays a freak, and in this case, it is still the same.

This may be a kiddie movie, but I believe it was made for everyone to enjoy it- and it did serve it's purpose. I ENJOYED THIS MOVIE SO MUCH and would make a great recommendation, for anyone who just wants to make movie night fun.

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