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The Princess Diaries

Released

Latest Home Video

Aug 03, 2004

MPAA Rating:

G


Run Time:

115

Cast

Julie Andrews

Anne Hathaway

Studio

Walt Disney Home Entertainment

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ViolenceB+
SexB+
LanguageA-
Drugs/AlcoholB+
Run Time115

Making the Grades

Unlike many of Disney's tales, The Princess Diaries is about a reluctant daughter of nobility. For Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway), discovering her estranged and recently deceased father was the heir apparent of a small European country is more of a nightmare than a dream come true. Her free-spirited mother (Caroline Goodall) secretly married the prince, but chose a divorce rather than conforming to the strict protocol of royal life. As Mia is now the only living descendant of the monarchal family, her grandmother (Julie Andrews), the Queen of Genovia, feels it is time she was told about her real identity.

The Princess Diaries - Official site Recognizing the enormous responsibility, Mia fears that even if the slipper fits she can't possibly fill such big shoes. What terrifies the shy and klutzy fifteen-year-old most is not the obligation to run the country, but the prospect of being a public figure. With the promise of time to get used to the idea and the assurance of "princess lessons" from Grandma, Mia agrees to make the decision to accept or reject her birthright at an upcoming ball.

The Princess Diaries - Official site Fortunately the gangly frizzy-haired Mia polishes up really well, but even Grandma's patience is taxed with trying to make a princess out of a personality whose self-esteem has been running on empty, thanks to peers who have been a constant pea under Mia's mattress. Even more draining is Mia's realization that her soaring popularity amongst those same classmates is only skin deep.

The Princess Diaries - Official site The Princess Diaries is a sentimental story with average acting, slapstick antics, and a predictable ending, but manages to do what many other teen films have failed to accomplish by presenting a high school setting in a family appropriate way. With the inclusion of mild name-calling and a few kissing scenes, parents' only real concern will be the depiction of an underage and therefore unlicensed teen driving a car on two occasions and causing an accident.

Although few of us will ever have to choose between being a princess or a pauper, the film does offer insight into facing our fears and the value of true friendship.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Princess Diaries.

At a time when Mia is struggling to deal with her own misgivings and her friend’s criticism of the changes she is going through, her chauffeur reminds her of a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you feel inferior unless you consent.” Do you agree with that statement?

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p> Part of Mia’s problem with accepting the crown is her belief that she can never really be a princess. In the film A Little Princess, attitude, not lineage, is shown to be what determines a real princess. For other Disney animated tales of princesses, try Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs or Pocahontas. Ever After is another live action princess story.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

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G
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ON G F-for Family
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G

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Home Video Notes: The Princess Diaries 2 Movie Collection

Release Date: 15 May 2012

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is releasing The Princess Diaries and the Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement in one package.

DVD Release Information: December 18, 2001

  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • Theatrical release date: August 3, 2001
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Production company: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
  • Package type: Keep case
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: English & French (Dolby Digital 5.1).
  • Available subtitles: English & Spanish.
DVD Extras:
  • Commentary by director Garry Marshall
  • Behind the scenes featurette - A New Princess
  • Deleted scenes
  • The Ultimate Tea Party - Commentary with Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway
  • Music videos: Miracles Happen - Myra, Supergirl - Krystal.

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