• The Princess Diaries (2001)

The Princess Diaries

Release Date: August 3rd, 2001

DVD Release Date: December 18th, 2001

G |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

Shy San Francisco teenager Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is thrown for a loop when, from out of the blue, she learns the astonishing news that she's a real-life princess! As the heir apparent to the crown of the small European principality of Genovia, Mia begins a comical journey toward the throne when her strict and formidable grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews), shows up to give her "princess lessons."

Cast: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Héctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall, Robert Schwartzman, Patrick Flueger

Director: Garry Marshall

Genres: Comedy , Children

Production Co: BrownHouse Productions, Bottom of the Ninth Productions Inc.

Distributors: Walt Disney Pictures

Keywords: Lighthearted , School , Family , Amusing , Growing up , 2000s , Best friend , Brother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The extent to which The Princess Diaries succeeds is the result of how pretty Hathaway at first mimics, then internalizes, Andrews' essential majesty. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Entertaining and pleasing for children and parents, and not in the schizophrenic way of most kid's movies, which toss naughty in-jokes over the kiddies' heads. show more

  • 75
    Loren KingChicago Tribune

    Manages to wring some originality out of its fairy-tale plot. This freshness compensates for the expected hackneyed qualities in this Cinderella tale. show more

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