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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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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During auditions, Anne Hathaway fell out of her chair, and was immediately given the part as clumsy Mia Thermopolis. See more »

Goofs

When Mia is driving the Mustang up hills with her grandmother, it is implied that it is a manual because it keeps drifting backwards on hills (it even drifts all the way down a hill and hits a bus). Also there is a close-up shot of her putting both feet on the brake pedal. Later in the movie when she's driving to the ball in the rain, the car stalls and she lays down on the front passenger seat. You can clearly see the gear shifter and it is an automatic. Therefore it wouldn't drift backwards on hills. 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

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Soundtracks

Heartbreak Lullaby
(Ray Hedges 7 Mix)
Written by Cathy Dennis (as C. Dennis), Jan Kask (as J. Kask), and Peter Mansson (as P. Mansson)
Performed by A*Teens (as A-Teens)
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Entertaining
24 February 2004 | by Bondorf39See all my reviews

I will admit that when I first heard a Disney movie called "The Princess Diaries" was coming out, I thought it would be corny. But upon actually SEEING the film, I found (as is usually the case when stupid judgmental people make up their mind about films without watching them, I won't name names, you know who you are...Tom!) that it was in reality a charming, original, humorous and thoroughly entertaining family film.

The plot is fairy tale in nature: Mia is a social misfit with terrible hair and no self-confidence. Her only friends are eccentric activist Lilly and rock band headliner Michael (played by real-life rocket Robert Carmine of "Rooney") who has a little crush on her. Then, who of all people should turn up but Julie Andrews to tell Mia that her father (who she hasn't seen since she was tiny) was actually royalty and that she, Mia, was princess of a country no one's ever heard of. What it comes down to is this: She has until a big embassy ball to decide whether she wants to give up the crown (and basically open the country up to a hostile political takeover) or take her place as princess. After a makeover (at the hands of funnyman Larry Miller), some training and at least four horrendously traumatizing incidents, she decides...well, that would be giving it away, wouldn't it?

This is not a movie for little girls dressed in tutus who want to be princesses when they grow up. For the first time in the studio's tenure (I'd wager) this film depicts the responsibility of royalty. Mia tackles with the pressures of ruling a country. But for my money the best part of this movie is the love story. No, not Mia and the uniquely attractive rocker (although, that is great). A second, unscripted love story exists between Andrews and her chauffeur, Hector Elizondo. That's terrific.

It's about being yourself and bettering yourself. It's about knowing who your real friends are. It's about living up to your own expectations. It's about smushing an ice cream cone on the blouse of a bitchy cheerleader who deserves it. And maybe that sounds corny to all y'all (rustic expression) but I know a lot of adults who could use lessons like these.


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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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1.85 : 1
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