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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.

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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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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Trivia

Dame Helen Mirren was considered for the role of Queen Clarisse Renaldi. See more »

Goofs

At their second meeting, Clarisse tells Mia to wear "stockings, not tights" on her next visit. However, the garment that Mia is putting on in the back seat of the limousine, en route to the consulate the next day, is a pair of tights, not a pair of stockings, as the queen specified. See more »

Quotes

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

A couple of minutes into the end credits we see a shot of Mia on the soccer field sneaking up to the ball and trying to kick it. She misses the ball and falls down. 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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Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: Love Is in the Airplane (2005) 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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Did the people who made this even read the books???????
27 October 2002 | by rogue559See all my reviews

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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Release Date:

3 August 2001 (USA) 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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