The Princess Diaries 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,… The Princess Diaries 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,…
Movie on DVD Review

The Princess Diaries (2001)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Dec 14, 2001; DVD Release Date: Dec 14, 2001; Movie Rated: G; Genres: Comedy, Kids and Family; With: Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway; 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 Aug 13, 2004 Published in issue #778 Aug 13, 2004 Order article reprints
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