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Her Majesty (2001)

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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

Cast

Sally Andrews
as Elizabeth Wakefield
Vicky Haughton
as Hira Mata
Mark Clare
as John Wakefield
Liddy Holloway
as Virginia Hobson
Craig Elliott
as Stuart Wakefield
Anna Sheridan
as Annabel Leach
Alison Routledge
as Victoria Wakefield
Cameron Smith
as Ian Dixon
Stuart Devenie
as Headmaster Stringfellow
David Stott
as Mayor Wickstead
Geoff Snell
as Nigel Osgood
Rachel E. Wallis
as Queen Elizabeth II
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Critic Reviews for Her Majesty

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

It's a nice study of a young girl's happy obsession.

February 8, 2008 | Full Review…
Denver Post
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Gordon's nifty scenario juggles various aspects -- ordinary brink-of-adolescence growing pains, multicultural-tolerance lessons, suspense gambits -- with entertaining skill.

May 11, 2005 | Full Review…
Variety
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Too earnest for its own good.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Her Majesty has all the makings of a perfectly charming family picture, and then the plot runs off the rails.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Plots points and themes of imperialism and racism are hit on the nose repeatedly, until the audience takes a beating.

February 17, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
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So jammed with silly elements that it makes one weary.

November 12, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Her Majesty

Nice film for young teens. Very sweet...

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