The Princess Diaries (2001)

She rocks. She rules. She reigns.

A socially awkward but very bright 15-year-old girl being raised by a single mom discovers that she is the princess of a small European country because of the recent death of her long-absent father, who, unknown to her, was the crown prince of Genovia. She must make a choice between continuing the life of a San Francisco teen or stepping up to the throne.

Good watch, would watch again, and can recommend.
This feels like a trope, but I'm honestly not sure if "surprise, you're royal" is a trope. Making up a country for this also feels like a special sub-trope.
What I'm sure is a trope is the "She's All That" where you have a clumsy, homely girl that you turn into a beautiful, graceful desirable.
The fun of cultures clashing between America and "Genovia" is fun, and a family reuniting is touching, but all the high school girl drama, all the flavors, is overdone and boring. I understand it is needed to develop Mia as a character with which we empathize, but there have to be better ways to establish a character. Unfortunately, we would lose quite a lot by speeding it up, so I get it.
While this movie doesn't do much special, it's equally good from start to finish, and reliably so.

Bottom of the Ninth Productions, Walt Disney Pictures, BrownHouse Productions by Garry Marshall, Meg Cabot, Gina Wendkos.
Stars: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo.

Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance

Keywords: based on novel or book grandparent grandchild relationship heir to the throne high school princess royalty teenager popularity social outcast fictitious country based on young adult novel

08/03/2001

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