To Lead or Not to Lead?
Princess Diaries
Review by Ross Anthony

Warning: This is an illegitimate review - so I'll keep it short.

Due to an auto accident on the freeway, I missed the entire first half-hour. Fortunately, I entered during a cute scene where Paulo reconstructs the mild-mannered (clumsy) Mia into a princess.

Andrews, Elizondo, Hathaway and friends are all strong; the director must be credited as well, for bringing out the best in all of them. Further, several scenes are regally laced with charm, grace and humor. Unfortunately, others are painfully amiss (the bumped trolley scene, to name one).

Still, I think those in the target audience (5-12 girls) will love it. And even for we adults, the formulaic "Diaries" bares good heart and ends well.

  • Princess Diaries. Copyright © 2001. Rated G.
  • Starring Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Caroline Goodall, Robert Schwartzman, Kathleen Marshall, Sandra Oh.
  • Directed by Garry Marshall.
  • Written by Gina Wendkos. Based on the novel by: Meg Cabot.
  • Produced by Whitney Houston, Debra Martin Chase, Mario Iscovich at Brownhouse/Buena Vista.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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