Her Majesty (2001)
Which is more important -- loyalty to your friends, or making your dreams come true? A young girl is forced to make that difficult choice in this comedy-drama set in the early '50s. Elizabeth Wakefield (Sally Andrews) is a 12-year-old girl growing up in the small New Zealand town of Middleton. Elizabeth is fascinated by her namesake, the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II, and when word gets out that The Queen may be visiting New Zealand, the schoolgirl sparks a letter-writing campaign to invite The Queen to Middleton, with the help of her best friend, Annabel (Anna Sheridan). The good news is that Elizabeth's plan works, and The Queen will indeed visit Middleton, but the bad news is it's not certain if Elizabeth will get to meet her. Elizabeth's father, John (Mark Clare), runs the town's biggest business, a cheese factory, and it looks like The Queen may pay the factory a visit, but Mrs. Hobson (Liddy Holloway), a pretentious sort who heads the ladies' gardening club, believes the local Rhododendron Trust might be a destination more befitting the Royal Family (it doesn't help that Mrs. Hobson has been having an affair with the mayor). Amidst all this confusion, a local eccentric makes her opinions known in a series of public rants -- Hira Mata (Vicky Haughton), a elderly woman of Maori descent who still holds a grudge against the British for the death of her grandfather at the hands of English colonials almost a century ago. Elizabeth gets to know Hira, and comes to the conclusion she's not as crazy as most folks have led her to believe, and she decides to stand by her new friend when Hira Mata is accused of vandalism, even if it might prevent the visit of her beloved Queen. Her Majesty was the first feature film for director Mark J. Gordon. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Her Majesty
Gordon's nifty scenario juggles various aspects -- ordinary brink-of-adolescence growing pains, multicultural-tolerance lessons, suspense gambits -- with entertaining skill.
Her Majesty has all the makings of a perfectly charming family picture, and then the plot runs off the rails.
Plots points and themes of imperialism and racism are hit on the nose repeatedly, until the audience takes a beating.
An outstanding family film about a teenage girl in New Zealand whose openness to others and yearning for justice is inspirational.
The story's conflicts come unexpectedly, and they are the reasons the film is as instructive as it is entertaining.
Its amateurish elements often betray the relatively low budget, and there's also a serious lack of energy.
Her Majesty has worse problems than a lack of realism, namely mediocre direction and acting that's at the level of bad community theatre.
doesn't wallow in saccharine. It tells a tough story without apologies, and in the end charms the most hard-hearted . . . with its sense of joy and of justice
An excess of tired elements lend the narrative the trite sensation of an ABC After-School Special.
Thinly drawn characters and ridiculous plot twists, not to mention being a rather sleepy, unengaging film anyway. But hey, no naughty stuff!
The movie has good intentions, but not much artistic merit behind them.
The interactions between Elizabeth and Hira Mata have a nice natural warmth.
This magical story follows a 13 year old girl in New Zealand who dreams that Queen Elizabeth will visit her small village of Middleton.
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