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|The Princess Diaries |
2-Disc Collectors Set
Actors: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore
Director: Garry Marshall
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
Disney's hilarious smash hit gets the royal treatment in this extraordinary 2-Disc Special Edition -- only on DVD. Starring Academy Award(R) winner Julie Andrews (1964 Best Actress, MARY POPPINS), the enchanting Anne Hatha... more »
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A Charming, Modern Day Fairy Tale
Lois Regen | Seattle, WA USA | 07/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I thought that Princess Diaries was a charming, modern day fairy tale with a positive message under the lighthearted surface. Anne Hathaway was excellent, with terrific timing and delivery in her comic scenes, and with a touching subtlety in her dramatic moments. Julie Andrews was wonderful, perfectly cast as the majestic queen, with an undercurrent of affection and vulnerability beneath her regal exterior. The supporting cast was consistent and strong, and the movie had excellent production values and cinematography. The story meandered a bit in the middle, but soon found its focus again with a strong finish, which proved that there's more to being a princess than makeup and manners. A refreshing change from the usual kiddy fare of hyper, smart aleck scripts, I would recommend this film to anyone, but especially to parents with young or pre-teen children."
Family Fun for All--Princess Diaries
Elizabeth P. Goldman | Plano, TX United States | 08/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Princess Diaries is a true delight for family members of all ages. It is rated G (really) thus you can take any age to see it without fear of being surprised by content that is more suitable for older persons. Don't let the rating, teenagers, keep you from seeing this film. It is humorous and every girl's fantasy. This is basically a story of a clumsy, awkward, adolescent girl, living with her bohemian artist mother, who discovers her paternal grandmother is a queen, her father was a prince, thus making her a princess and the only heir to the kingdom of Genovia. The girl, Mia, and her grandmother make a pact. She comes for 2 weeks of "training" in all the social graces, etc. befitting a ruler and then she can decide if this is the life she wishes to live or not. Her answer will be graciously accepted. This is not as straight forward and as simple a movie as it appears. There are a few little twists, turns and surprises on the way to the decision. There are also a few lessons on friendship and what is truly important in one's life. Our entire family (ages 8, 9, 17, 25, and 48) enjoyed this movie thoroughly. Although it will not win an Academy award, it is quite an entertaining, charming, modern fairy tale. Don't miss it.Anne Hathaway (Mia) is funny, quirky, and masters the lip curl quite well in this film. Her clumsiness seems natural and she certainly cleans up well. Her transition from ugly duckling to beautiful swan is reminiscent of the late Audrey Hepburn. Julie Andrews is perfect in her role as the Queen of Genovia bringing just the right amount of sophistication and warmth to the role. Her scenes with Hector Elizondo (Joe) show subtle senuality and the warm fuzziness and comfort of an old and trusted friend. You know there is another story there that isn't being told. Their dance scene together can make you forget Miss Andrews was a singer. (Kids--she was Mary Poppins!) If you wish to see Miss Andrews in her true glory watch her as "Maria" in the movie, The Sound of Music.Other cast members who round out the story and do a great job are Terry Wayne (Clark,the hairdresser), Heather Matarazzo (Lilly) as Mia's best friend, Robert Schwartzman (Michael) who is Lilly's brother, and Patrick Richwood as the neighbor/writer. Mr. Robutusen.Mandy Moore also makes her film debut as one of the "beautiful people" preps who is also part of a singing trio at school."
A good mother-daughter film...
Brit | Minnesota | 07/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This my be one of the best films for a mother and daughter to go to. It's a fun film that both generations will enjoy. It's like a "Pretty Woman" for the younger kids. I saw this movie at a screening in June, and to be totally honest, I wasn't sure if I would even enjoy it. Being that I have just finish the 10th grade, this film I thought really showed the true high school life in this date in time. I was very surpirsed to have enjoyed it as much as I did. This film may appeal to the younger crowd, but believe me it was even enjoyable and fun for those older as well. If your looking for a cute film and you enjoyed "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride" then you won't be disappointed!"
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