The Princess Diaries

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Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is an average fifteen year-old student at a private school in San Fransisco, but unpopular. She’s cute, but introverted, and lacks style. Her ambition is to be invisible and unnoticed, and she is very good at doing it. So much so that people sometimes sit on her, not even seeing her before they do. What Mia does not know is that she is the sole blood heir to the crown of the small European nation of Genovia. Mia’s life is a turmoil of regular teen angst, being the butt of jokes from the A-list crowd at school, dealing with a radical best friend, Lilly Moscovitz (Heather Matarazzo), who is completely her opposite, and crushing on an A-lister boy, Josh Bryant (Erik von Detten) whom she will never have a chance with.

When her grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi of Genovia (Julie Andrews), invites Mia over for tea at the consulate, she finds out about her family history and that she is a princess, she freaks out. She does not want to be a princess, has no ambition to rule over anything, and just wants to be left alone. After much deliberation over the week between her mother, Helen Thermopolis (Caroline Goodall), grandmother, and herself, they all come to an agreement that Mia will take lessons in royal ettiquette after school everyday until the day of the Independence Day Ball at the consulate, when Mia will announce to the press whether or not she will take the job. With the help the queen’s lead security officer, Joe (Hector Elizondo) and Clarisse, she works her way to becoming a true princess, and keeps everyone in the dark about her title. She swore to secrecy that she would not tell anyone until the ball, but that does not work out. After being ragged on by Lilly after she receives a makeover, gets rides to school in limos, and owns a designer label bag, she tells Lilly what has happened.

Lilly keeps her secret, but the makeover artist, Paolo (Larry Miller) must let the world know of his work, and the word is now out. Mia’s life becomes a media circus, and it is only by Clarisse’s charismatic actions that she slides by on some matters, but when she is tricked into going to a beach party with Josh in order to get his 15 minutes of fame, and the A-list girls add to the mess, that Clarisse and Mia feel she is not ready to take on the position. Mia does a lot of growing up in the week that Clarisse visits her, and eventually comes to learn that she is princess material.

This is a girl-empowering movie that any young lady should see, along with their family, which teaches about tough decisions and outside conflicts in matters of the mind, heart, and even the state. It is pure fun and never gets boring, not matter how many times you watch it. April is a month of royals, so why don’t you watch how a nerdy girl becomes a princess, and remains worthy of ruling the nation of Genovia.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★☆