Michelle Kung
August 13, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Princess Diaries

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
115 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/03/01
performer
Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Caroline Goodall, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Sandra Oh
director
Garry Marshall
Producers
Bottom of the Ninth Productions, BrownHouse Productions
distributor
Walt Disney Productions
author
Gina Wendkos
genre
Kids and Family, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Once upon a time, there lived a gawky teen named Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway), who, beneath her crow’s nest of crimped hair and wide-rimmed glasses, was actually (surprise!) a gorgeous girl — not to mention a real-life princess. Silly and sweet, director Garry Marshall’s trifle was enough of a sleeper hit to merit a sequel — as well as a two-disc collector’s edition teeming with all-new

EXTRAS, including music videos, outtakes and bloopers, and the bizarre animated featurette ”Livin’ Like a Princess” (somehow, a monarch saying ”fo’ shizzle” is just wrong). But the treasure trove of all things girlie is actually dominated by the 69-year-old Marshall, whose droll take on the filmmaking process (on Andrews: ”The hills are alive with the sound of money!”) makes him the unlikely reigning star of this production.

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