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The Princess Diaries (2001)

The Princess Diaries



Critic Consensus: A charming, if familiar, makeover movie for young teenage girls.

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This teen comedy from Disney is based on a popular novel by Meg Cabot and directed by Garry Marshall. Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is a teenage klutz who's openly mocked by the popular Lana Thomas (pop singer Mandy Moore). In fact, Mia's only friend at her exclusive prep school is the socially outcast Lilly (Heather Matarazzo). Mia's life takes a dramatic turn, however, when her mom announces that her late biological father was in actuality the crown prince of a small European nation, Genovia. Now Mia is the sole heir to the throne, and her grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews) wants to tutor the awkward teen in royal behavior. It's a daunting task given Mia's lax table manners, poise, and hair care, but the girl perseveres with some makeover help from her grandmother's security chief Hector Elizondo) and a style expert (Larry Miller). In the meantime, Mia's romantic affections are torn between the handsome, popular Josh (Erik Von Detten) and the more appropriate Michael (Robert Schwartzman), who also happens to be Lilly's brother. The Princess Diaries is the second film from Whitney Houston's production shingle after the television version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997). ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gina Wendkos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 18, 2001
Box Office: $107.8M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Julie Andrews
as Queen Clarisse Renal...
Anne Hathaway
as Mia Thermopolis
Mandy Moore
as Lana Thomas
Caroline Goodall
as Helen Thermopolis
Robert Schwartzman
as Michael Moscovitz
Heather Matarazzo
as Lilly Moscovitz
Patrick Flueger
as Jeremiah Hart
Sean O'Bryan
as Mr. O'Connell
Sandra Oh
as Vice Principal Gupta
Kathleen Marshall
as Charlotte Kutaway
Mindy Burbano
as Gym Teacher Harbula
Kim Leigh
as Music Teacher Wells
Beth Anne Garrison
as Cheerleader Anna
Erik von Detten
as Josh Bryant
Kimleigh Smith
as Music Teacher Wells
Bianca Lopez
as Cheerleader Fontana
Tamara Levinson
as Cheerleader Lupe
Lenore Thomas
as Cable Show Student M...
Erik T. Bragg
as Student Bobby Bad
Erik Bragg
as Student Bobby Bad
Abigail Green-Dove
as Student Linda Green
Meredith Shevory
as Student Meredith
Anita Marie Curran
as Newspaper Student An...
Korry Cannon
as Newspaper Student Ko...
Cassie Rowell
as Singing Student Alic...
Chrissy Gilman
as Beach Student
Todd Lowe
as Eric, Lana's Boyfrie...
Joe Unitas
as Coach Joe Ewe
Reggie Stanton
as Coach Dave Adams
Joel McCrary
as Prime Minister Motaz
Clare Sera
as Mrs. Motaz
Juliet Elizondo
as Marissa Motaz
Greg Lewis
as Baron Siegfried von ...
Bonnie Aarons
as Baroness Joy von Tro...
Darwood Chung
as Emperor Sakamoto
Julie Paris
as Princess Palisades
Jeff Michalski
as Scottish Duke
Erin O'Reilly
as Scottish Duchess
Steve Restivo
as Count Vitello
Brigitta Lauren
as Lady Lindenlaub
Jane Morris
as Lady Evergreen
Gary Combs
as Lord Fricker
Adam Williams
as Dinner Guest Adam
Marvin Braverman
as State Dinner Waiter
Marvin Braveman
as State Dinner Waiter
Alan Kent
as State Dinner Waiter
Robert Glaudini
as Consulate Valet Adol...
Bill Ferrell
as Consulate Guard Darr...
Joe Ross
as Consulate Maitre'D
Steve Totland
as Consulate Waiter
Charles Guardino
as Limo Driver Mel
Sparrow Heatley
as Paolo's Assistant Gr...
Gwenda Perez
as Paolo's Assistant He...
Dale Hikawa
as Band Leader Dawn Kaw...
Barbara Marshall
as Lady Jerome
Sam Denoff
as Lord Jerome
Tracy Reiner
as Press Secretary Spen...
Daru Kawalkowski
as Countess Puck
Diane Frazen
as Ball Guest Diane
Stanley Frazen
as Bar Guest Stanley
Barbara Nabozny
as Ball Guest Barbara
Berbara J. Nabozny
as Ball Guest Barbara
Ira Glick
as Ball Guest Dr. Glunk
Sol Rosenthal
as Lawyer Ball Guest
Joe Allen Price
as Father Joseph
Willie L Brown Jr.
as Himself, Mayor of Sa...
Patrick Richwood
as Neighbor Mr. Robutus...
John McGivern
as Conductor Bruce Mcin...
Willie Brown
as Himself
Terry Brown
as Officer Artie Washin...
James Brown Orleans
as Doctor Motors
Rob Zylowski
as Pizza Deliveryman
Kathy Garver
as Cable Tourist
Jason Ashland
as Trolley Tourist No. ...
Mary Knoll
as Trolley Tourist No. ...
Erika Young
as Umbrella Lady
Ethan Sandler
as Tour Bus Driver
Bill Fricker
as Autograph Father
Shan Elliot
as Member of Flypaper
Harold Carter
as Member of Flypaper
Bud Markowitz
as Genovian Pear Juggle...
Karl Makinen
as Climbing Manager Sch...
Shannon Elliot
as Michael's Band Flypa...
Sunny Hawks
as Climbing Instructor ...
Wendy Hallin
as 911 Nun
Lily Marshall-Fricke...
as Child Autograph Seek...
Brian Phelps
as DJ Brian
Charlotte Marshall-F...
as Child Autograph Seek...
Sandra Taylor
as Reporter Suki Sanche...
Tom Hines
as Reporter Nelson Dave...
Nicholle Tom
as Teen Magazine Report...
Patrick Noonan
as Suki's Cameraman
Ali Gage
as Beach Reporter Ali
John Moran
as Beach Photographer
Tanya Difrancesco
as Beach Reporter Tanya
Shannon Wilcox
as Genovian Ball Report...
Johnny Moran
as Beach Photographer
Niloufar Safie
as Genovian Ball Report...
Tonje Larsgard
as Genovian Ball Report...
Niloufar Safaie
as Ball Reporter
Flora Chong
as Street Reporter
Rueben Grundy
as Street Reporter
Gwen Holloway
as Street Reporter
Lori Sigrist
as Twin Reporter
Reuben Grundy
as Street Reporter
Fat Louie
as Himself
Terri Sigrist
as Twin Reporter
Willie Brown
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Princess Diaries

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (32)

Notions of responsibility, surrogacy, rites of passage and the value of friendship are gone through, but the highlighting of modern tropes merely serves to emphasise the film's conventionality.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Screenwriter Gina Wendkos, working from Meg Cabot's novel, resorts to monotonous movie clichés: almost uniformly cruel classmates and a callous, cacophonous mob of media jackals.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

This fairy tale, which feels as if it were made in the 1960s, deatures a star-making performance from the child-actress Anne Hathaway

Full Review… | May 1, 2011

Terrific fun for girls and their families, too.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

The unexpected rewards of director Garry Marshall's ("Beaches") latest spin on the well-worn Pygmalion fairy tale are numerous.

Full Review… | July 19, 2009

This Cinderella fantasy transforms a geek into a princess, and teaches a few life lessons along the way.

Full Review… | March 9, 2009
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Princess Diaries

I love the The princess Diaries i've seen them countless times and i love them more and more every time i watch them!
I find them extremely amusing and im guarenteed to be cheered up when i watch them!
Anne Hathaway has great comic timing and is thoroughly enjoyable to watch, its a great cast and just a lovely light hearted funny teen dramedy! :)

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


Not my thing, but im a guy, haha. The movie has a interesting premise, and works out well, but soon becomes just another chick flick, with afunny cast, but is not my kind of movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway make a great combination and this film is hysterical. Definite must watch and the sequel doesn't dissapoint.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

The Princess Diaries Quotes

Mia Thermopolis: Shut up!
– Submitted by Naomi G (7 months ago)
Lilly Moscovitz: Think about it: I just found out that my cable only reaches twelve people.
– Submitted by Criselle M (2 years ago)
Lana Thomas: Principal Gupta, did you see what she did to me?!
Vice Principal Gupta: Oh no, sweetie, I was in a very important meeting. Send it out for dry cleaning.
– Submitted by Criselle M (2 years ago)
Joseph: You can call me Joe.
Mia Thermopolis: Joey?
Joseph: [LAUGHS] No. Joe.
– Submitted by Criselle M (2 years ago)

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