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 sixteenth year.
Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.
Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is the average teenager - sweet, a little geeky, and pretty much invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly (Heather Matarazzo) and Lilly's older brother Michael (Robert Schwartzman). 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, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Dame Julie Andrews), 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 and limo driver called Joe (Hector Elizondo). Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in the newspapers and in school. On top of all of that, Mia has a ...Written by
During shooting of the tea scene in the garden, and the greenhouse scene, airplanes were flying over the area and interfered with the sound. When the scenes were finished, Garry Marshall gave Anne Hathaway and Dame Julie Andrews awards for "best acting in airplane interference". See more »
At the state dinner, Clarisse asks Emperor Sakamoto if he wants to look at some pictures. He says no and takes a sip from a spoon of what appears to be soup. However, the soup hasn't been served yet. See more »
Did the people who made this even read the books???????
I loved the books 'The Princess Diaries', Meg Cabot did a good job. They were funny and sweet and I stupidly assumed the movie would be the same.
All the aspects I enjoyed so much about the books were gone. Where was Mia's evil grandmother? She was replaced by Julie Andrews. I kept on expecting her to burst into song and start running down hills.
And then we move onto Anne Hathaway. Wooden is a word that perfectly describes her acting. Okay so she had her moments. Sometimes I really did feel for her but for the rest of the film she was annoying and nothing like what I had expected. In the books she was great, in the movie...not so much.
As far as I could see there were three good things about this film.
1. Heather Matarazzo-she completely put across the character of Lilly. She was feisty, funny and sarcastic.
2. Mandy Moore-I was not expecting much, I assumed she would be just another pop star turned actress. But I was suprised. She was good. Lana had been a real b***h in the books and Moore managed to portray that very well.
3. Robert Schwartzman-very cute, and from what I remember not a bad actor.
I have one question: Why the hell would Meg Cabot allow this movie to be released where any association was made to her books????
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