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The Princess Diaries

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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.