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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 sixteenth year.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Queen Clarisse Renaldi
... Mia Thermopolis
... Joe
... Lilly Moscovitz
... Lana Thomas
... Mia's Mom, Helen
... Michael Moscovitz
... Student Josh Bryant (as Erik Von Detten)
... Student Jeremiah Hart (as Patrick Flueger)
... Teacher Mr. O'Connell
... Vice Principal Gupta
... Charlotte Kutaway
... Gym Teacher 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 USA:

$22,862,269, 5 August 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


The picture of Mia's deceased father next to her music box is Anne Hathaway's real-life father (Gerald T. Hathaway). He also appears to be writing the letter to her while fishing. See more »


When Mia finds the letter from her dad, the sun is streaming into her room. Meanwhile, the ball is getting underway, and it's nighttime. 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 »


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Written by Antonina Armato and Tim James
Performed by 3G's
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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A Princess who bring me some memorable moments.
15 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Princess Diary talk about a 15-year-old teenager whose name is Mia wants to be invisible at school. One day, on the contrary, she was told to be the Princess of a country, which is very opposite to her former expectation. What a big turning to her life ! What she will undergo ? Mia is my very first and memorable impression about this movie. Anything about her comes from Anne Hathaway's virgin performance. After deeply understand the character-Mia, Anne let Meg's story vivid on the screen. Her acting is natural and every detail show a combination of her own understanding of the character and the shining of the character itself. I noticed some details about Mia,which is very sophisticated. Mia's school uniform represent the 1950's elegance. The black socks and ties. What a copy of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Mia's smile remind me of another famous actress-Julie Roberts, who has become a mother recently. The beautiful big smile is very eye-catching and also memorable. Oh,I remember another person who also have those big smile. She is Amélie Poulain. The Story is philanthropic and extraordinary.It's not simply a Cinderella story.But, a great story about grandmother and granddaughter, a education-valued story about mother and daughter, a special story about father and daughter,a ever-sweet story about first love, a beautiful story about friendship. Above all, it's a growing story. Based on Meg's classic story The Princess Diary, the motion picture make her characters believe-like in another artistic way. Just like having read Margaret's story (Gone With The Wind), you then watch O'Selznick's GWTW movie. Your feeling will be like: I seemed to be a part of the story. Those characters are just and always around you! Clarisse: The Sound of Music is recognized as a movie that is priceless, so, this also recognized the supporting actress's performance is priceless. Julie is an actress that could act well on any characters. The governess,the grandmother or on Broadway, etc. Helen (Caroline Goodall) played a vital role is Mia's growing period. This daughter and mother is a good role model. Because they show the grand respect for each other. Anyone can't grow without friend, the princess,too. From the friendship with Lilly, Mia knows how to tell the truth, how to apologize and how to deal with something that is uniquely occurred in teenager, which is called Growing Pains. Like other reviewers, I also feel the last sentence Mia told Michael is Soooooooo...... Cool ! :-O "You saw me when I was invisible." Why we feel cool ? Because that's what true love is. And, especially, that's what true love is to a princess !! Joe is a person we can't ignore. He acted as a imitate friend to Mia. He told her what she should be. And he is virtually the bodyguard. Oh, by the way, he is a very very special one ! Some of the songs in The Princess Diary is also memorable." A Summer Song" remind me of those romantic school kisses. The final song "Miracles Happen" is special designed for this movie, for Mia and also for all of us. Now, I am recommending this movie to YOU from my heart.

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