The Princess Diaries (2001)



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, Rovi
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Julie Andrews
as Queen Clarisse Renaldi
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 Melissa
Erik T. Bragg
as Student Bobby Bad
Abigail Green-Dove
as Student Linda Green
Erik Bragg
as Student Bobby Bad
Meredith Shevory
as Student Meredith
Anita Marie Curran
as Newspaper Student Anita
Korry Cannon
as Newspaper Student Korry
Cassie Rowell
as Singing Student Alice
Chrissy Gilman
as Beach Student
Todd Lowe
as Eric, Lana's Boyfriend
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 Troken
Bonnie Aarons
as Baroness Joy von Troken
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
Alan Kent
as State Dinner Waiter
Marvin Braveman
as State Dinner Waiter
Robert Glaudini
as Consulate Valet Adolpho
Bill Ferrell
as Consulate Guard Darrell
Joe Ross
as Consulate Maitre'D
Steve Totland
as Consulate Waiter
Charles Guardino
as Limo Driver Mel
Sparrow Heatley
as Paolo's Assistant Gretchen
Gwenda Perez
as Paolo's Assistant Helga
Dale Hikawa
as Band Leader Dawn Kawa
Barbara Marshall
as Lady Jerome
Sam Denoff
as Lord Jerome
Tracy Reiner
as Press Secretary Spencer
Daru Kawalkowski
as Countess Puck
Diane Frazen
as Ball Guest Diane
Stanley Frazen
as Bar Guest Stanley
Berbara J. Nabozny
as Ball Guest Barbara
Barbara Nabozny
as Ball Guest Barbara
Hope Alexander-Willis
as Lady Caroline
Ira Glick
as Ball Guest Dr. Glunk
Joe Allen Price
as Father Joseph
Sol Rosenthal
as Lawyer Ball Guest
Willie L Brown Jr.
as Himself, Mayor of San Francisco
Patrick Richwood
as Neighbor Mr. Robutusen
Willie Brown
as Himself
John McGivern
as Conductor Bruce Mcintosh
Terry Brown
as Officer Artie Washington
James Brown Orleans
as Doctor Motors
Rob Zylowski
as Pizza Deliveryman
Kathy Garver
as Cable Tourist
Jason Ashland
as Trolley Tourist No. 1
Mary Knoll
as Trolley Tourist No. 2
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 Juggler
Karl Makinen
as Climbing Manager Schiavone
Shannon Elliot
as Michael's Band Flypaper
Sunny Hawks
as Climbing Instructor Vivian
Wendy Hallin
as 911 Nun
Mark Thompson
as DJ Mark
Brian W. Phelps
as DJ Brian
Lily Marshall-Fricker
as Child Autograph Seeker
Brian Phelps
as DJ Brian
Charlotte Marshall-Fricker
as Child Autograph Seeker
Sandra Taylor
as Reporter Suki Sanchez
Tom Hines
as Reporter Nelson Davenport
Nicholle Tom
as Teen Magazine Reporter Cassie
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 Reporter
Johnny Moran
as Beach Photographer
Niloufar Safie
as Genovian Ball Reporter
Tonje Larsgard
as Genovian Ball Reporter
Niloufar Safaie
as Ball Reporter
Flora Chong
as Street Reporter
Rueben Grundy
as Street Reporter
Gwen Holloway
as Street Reporter
Fat Louie
as Himself
Reuben Grundy
as Street Reporter
Lori Sigrist
as Twin Reporter
Terri Sigrist
as Twin Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Princess Diaries

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (30)

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 8, 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.

July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A modest, enjoyable fairy tale that easily outcharms its animated stablemates of the past decade.

Full Review… | August 7, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Bumpy but endearing.

Full Review… | August 3, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A sweet movie from a sweet director.

Full Review… | August 3, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Hardly a cross-dressing update of My Fair Lady. But in its own blanded-down fashion, it captures just enough of that show's metamorphic zest to make you wish it were.

Full Review… | August 3, 2001
Top Critic

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! :)

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Film Crazy

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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
Jim Careter

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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
Bethany Murphy

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