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The Princess Diaries

Genre: Kids and Family, Comedy; Starring: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Caroline Goodall, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Sandra Oh; Director: Garry Marshall; Author: Gina Wendkos; Producer (group): Bottom of the Ninth Productions, BrownHouse Productions; Release Date Wide: 08/03/2001; Runtime (in minutes): 115; MPAA Rating: G; Distributor: Walt Disney Productions

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.

Originally posted August 13 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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