This is a wonderful light comedy. Everyone will love it. Julie Andrews is "practically perfect" as the Queen....it's great to see her in another Disney film, after 37 years.
But it is Anne Hathaway (who I will now refer to as Princess Anne) who is the real star. Her character, Mia, is a plain-jane geek who finds out from her visiting grandma(the queen) that she is a princess. She is stunning once she becomes a "princess". Of course, Mia is taunted by her classmates-especially a pretty-but-concieted cheerleader played by Mandy Moore(a real-life pop princess). Mia's best friend in school is Lilly, a geek in her own right who is seemingly the only one who really believes that Mia is a princess. (Lilly is played by Heather Matarazzo.) I won't add any more spoilers here....I'll just say that Princess Anne is just as pretty as Belle. After you see her get her 'transformation' I think you'll agree. I think she's America's newest sweetheart.
I hope you all will go to see The Princess Diaries....it looks like a wonderful family film.
(Edited by JohnMickey at 9:28 pm on Aug. 25, 2001)
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