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.

Director:

Garry Marshall

Writers:

Meg Cabot (novel), Gina Wendkos (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Queen Clarisse Renaldi
Anne Hathaway ... Mia Thermopolis
Hector Elizondo ... Joe
Heather Matarazzo ... Lilly Moscovitz
Mandy Moore ... Lana Thomas
Caroline Goodall ... Mia's Mom, Helen
Robert Schwartzman ... Michael Moscovitz
Erik von Detten ... Student Josh Bryant (as Erik Von Detten)
Patrick John Flueger ... Student Jeremiah Hart (as Patrick Flueger)
Sean O'Bryan ... Teacher Mr. O'Connell
Sandra Oh ... Vice Principal Gupta
Kathleen Marshall ... Charlotte Kutaway
Mindy Burbano ... Gym Teacher Harbula
Kimleigh Smith ... Music Teacher Wells (as Kim Leigh)
Elizabeth Gudenrath ... Cheerleader Anna (as Beth Anne Garrison)
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Storyline

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 LadyN1

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She rocks. She rules. She reigns.

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Comedy | Family | Romance

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Trivia

Garry Marshall's favorite saying while making a movie, "Everybody works!", was loosely translated into Latin to become the Genovian motto, "Totus corpum laborat". See more »

Goofs

Helen tells Mia that they (the Queen, Mia's dad and Helen) were planning on telling Mia about her heritage when she turned 18. However the letter from Mia's dad was for her 16th birthday and it has the royal insignia on the letter head. Wouldn't that give it away? See more »

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[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 »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains 8 deleted scene which include:
  • Mia asking Queen Clarice what was her nickname in highschool.
  • Some shots of a puppet Mia being ordered about by Clarice which were inserted as Mia was late for her princess lesson.
  • Mia's history teacher visiting Mia's house and getting paint on his jacket. As he takes it off, Mia catches him shirtless.
  • Michael chatting with Mia on the school roof and removing an eyelash from her face.
  • Michael and Mia sharing a pizza with M&M's on it.
  • A scene that was supposed to show what the drunk man supposedly did at the last banquet-using a harp to slice eggs.
  • Josh telling Mia how everyone at the beach party was waiting for him to do something so they could mimic him. Josh starts inventing a banana dance in which everyone copies and starts doing.
  • Lana being exposed to the press for claiming she was Mia's best friend when she wasn't.
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Miss You More
Written by Christian Burns, Mark Barry, Stephen McNally, and Howard New
Performed by BBMak (as BB Mak)
Courtesy of Telstar Records Ltd.
And Daytime Entertainment
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Formulaic but difficult to dislike
10 October 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Mia Thermopolis (played by Anne Hathaway) is a 15-year old girl. Awkward and shy she lives with her artist mother Helen (Catherine Goodall) in an refurbished former fire station. Then one day she meets her grandmother Clarisse (Julie Andrews) and is informed that she is the Princess of the European country of Genovia. Despite the perks involved, she is not so sure she wants to assume the title.

Very formulaic and obviously made for children, the whole plot and production are pure Disney. Very fairy tale-like and predictable.

Yet it is difficult to dislike. The main characters are not your usual irritating, bratty teens. There is an innocence to it all that propels the movie. Plus, Anne Hathaway puts in a wonderful, charming performance as Mia.

So, really a children's movie, but adults won't mind being forced to sit through it.


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Release Date:

3 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Princess Diaries See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,862,269, 5 August 2001

Gross USA:

$108,248,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,335,153
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