The Princess Diaries (2001)
Director: Garry Marshall
Writers: Meg Cabot, Gina Windekos
Cast: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall, Robert Schwartzman / Erik von Ditten/ Patrick Johan Fluegel/ Sean O’Brien/ Sandra Oh/ Katherine Marshall/ Mindy Bulwano/ Kimley Smith/ Elizabeth Goodenella Special / Tamara Levinson / Lenore Thomas Douglas / Cassie Rowell / Todd Law / Joel McClary / Claire Serra / Bonnie Ahrens / Julie Paris / Jane Morris / Robert Glaudini / Gwenda Perez / Barbara Marshall / Sam Danoff / Tracy Rainer / Stanley Frazen / Willie Brown / Patrick Richwood / Karl Mackinn / Kathy Javier / Ethan Sandler / Bud Markowitz / Mark Thompson / Brian Phelps / Sandra Taylor / Tom Hines / Nicolo Tom / Lori Sigrist / …
Genre: Comedy / Romance / Family / Youth
Region: US / UK
Languages: English / Dutch / Italian
Released: 2001-08-03 (USA)
Length: 115 minutes
Also known as: Walking Man Pretty Princess (Hong Kong) / Sparrow Turns into a Princess (Taiwan)
Rating: IMDB 6.4 / Rotten Tomatoes 49%
15-year-old high school student Mia (played by Anne Hathaway) lives in the United States with her mother, but she is very unconfident and is often ridiculed by her classmates. On her 16th birthday, she met her grandmother (Julie Andrew) and found that this elegant lady was the queen of Genovia, a small European country, and Mia was the princess of this country. At first Mia was very reluctant, but Mia’s attitude eased under the mediation of her mother.
In order to successfully inherit the throne, the queen had to make a series of changes to her granddaughter, which troubled Mia, who usually lives informally, and even had conflicts with her good friends. But Mia’s identity was revealed, and she suddenly received high attention from the media. Everything that happened suddenly made Mia want to escape everything. Fortunately, in her father’s diary, she regained her confidence. Mia became a princess and found the love she wanted.
“The Princess Diaries” is a romantic comedy film released in 2001, directed by Garry Marshall and starring Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, and Hector Elizondo. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Meg Cabot.
The story follows Mia Thermopolis (played by Hathaway), an awkward and unpopular teenager who discovers that she is the heir to the throne of a small European principality called Genovia. As Mia navigates the challenges of her new royal status and undergoes a dramatic transformation, she also finds herself falling for her longtime crush, Josh (played by Erik von Detten).
The film was a commercial success, grossing over $165 million worldwide, and received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences. Many praised Hathaway’s charming performance and the film’s heartwarming story and themes of self-discovery and empowerment. The movie spawned a sequel, “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” released in 2004.