The Princess Diaries

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"She rocks. She rules. She reigns."
  • G
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 6.4  (163,799)
  • 52

The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall and starring Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, and Hector Elizondo. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Meg Cabot and tells the story of Mia Thermopolis, a clumsy, unpopular teenager who discovers that she is the heir to the throne of the fictional European kingdom of Genovia.

The film begins with Mia, a socially awkward high school student who lives with her mother in San Francisco, receiving a surprise visit from her estranged grandmother, Clarisse Renaldi, who informs her that she is actually a princess and the next in line to inherit the throne of Genovia. Initially skeptical of the news, Mia is eventually persuaded to go to Genovia to receive princess training from her grandmother.

As Mia undergoes her transformation from awkward teenager to polished princess, she faces several challenges, including dealing with the paparazzi and adjusting to royal etiquette. Complicating matters further is Mia's crush on her best friend's brother, Josh, and her newfound popularity among her classmates, which threatens to alienate her from her true friends.

Throughout the film, Julie Andrews delivers a standout performance as Clarisse, the poised and elegant queen dowager who takes Mia under her wing and helps her navigate the challenges of royal life. Anne Hathaway is equally impressive as Mia, capturing the character's quirky charm and relatable insecurities with aplomb. Hector Elizondo shines as Joe, the head of security at the Genovian palace, who serves as a mentor and father figure to Mia.

The Princess Diaries is a lighthearted and enjoyable film that combines elements of romance, comedy, and drama into a memorable coming-of-age story. Its themes of self-discovery, friendship, and acceptance resonate with audiences of all ages, making it a beloved classic that has stood the test of time.

In the end, The Princess Diaries is a heartwarming tale that celebrates the power of family, friendship, and believing in oneself. It is a must-watch film for anyone who loves a good coming-of-age story, a charming romance, or simply wants to be swept away by the fairy tale magic of a true princess story.

The Princess Diaries is a 2001 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 52.

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