The Princess Diaries


The life of gawky social outcast Mia Thermopolis changes drastically after learning that she’s the heir to a tiny European principality’s throne.

Year: 2001
Certificate: U
Director: Garry Marshall
Starring: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall, Robert Schwartzman, Erik von Detten, Sandra Oh, Patrick John Flueger, Sean O’Bryan, Kathleen Marshall, Mindy Burbano, Beth Anne Garrison

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Reviewer: PM / girl / 8yrs

Why did you want to watch the film/show?
Because I like princesses and I saw the princess on the picture.

What was it about? (may contain spoilers)
It was about a girl in high school who didn’t know she was a princess and her grandma was a queen. The queen was teaching her how to be a princess.

Did you like it?

Which part did you like the best?
The bit where there was that frozen thing and she shoved it all in her mouth. It was really funny because she pulled a funny face and everyone copied her.

Which part did you like the least?
The start, before she was a princess and she had a hat on.

Would you want to watch it again and why?
Yeah because it was good.

Parent’s notes:
I’ll admit, I’ve never actually seen this film but I’ve heard my nieces go on about it for years. So when PM chose this to watch during ‘Daddy-Daughter Film Night’ I was actually quite looking forward to it; I mean, I’m a 35 year old bloke – this is not the sort of film I’m allowed to watch on my own..! It’s a very laid back film but it is far from boring. There’s a lot going on throughout with a fair amount of teen-based sub-plots such as love, friendship, finding out you’re a princess, hiding from the paparazzi – you know, the usual stuff that teenagers have to deal with on a daily basis. I don’t think my son (10) would have particularly enjoyed this film and I’d suggest it was more for older children than PM – probably more for those over 10 years; certainly not the age 5+ that Netflix recommend. All in all it was an OK film with a handful of laughs and a nice story about accepting who you are and about true friendship.


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