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Princess Diaries: More than beautiful, a princess is powerful and compassionate.

Gary Marshall

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore
Screenwriter: Gina Wendkos

Princess Diaries is a Disney film with a new angle. it's main character, Mia (Anne Hathaway) is an awkward misfit teenage girl who makes her way to the pinnacle of what young girls want to be: a princess.

Mia doesn't do it without competition or with the whole hearted approval of those who sponsor her rise to fame and fortune. Her grand mother(Julie Andrews) who is pushing Mia into this new life's role often has to separate the Grandmother in her from the Queen that she now is. This Grandmother struggle is performed to perfection by Julie Andrews, whose cultured voice gives hope to the less than robust sound of Anna Hathaway

Mia is an awkward actress, clearly not of star quality but somehow that is okay in this film because the plot and the timing of events, and the action carry the substance to a final debut rather than a finished work of art.

Princess Diaries is far from even an elementary notion of great art but there is something so wonderful in the story line, where a young girl can grow into a role of importance,. She can rule the roost and the country too.

This film could not have been made fifty years ago.
when women were destined to a life at home with children, the emotional and physical supported of their husband. (except of course if they were women of color)

I recommend Princess Diaries be seen. Maybe not by the seasoned film goer but by the young, the girls who still aspire to make their little worlds larger, and embrued with significant meaning.

Linda Z

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