The Princess Diaries

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The Princess Diaries
Directed byGarry Marshall
Produced byWhitney Houston
Debra Martin Chase
Mario Iscovich
Screenplay byGina Wendkos
Based onThe Princess Diaries
by Meg Cabot
StarringAnne Hathaway
Tobey Maguire
Julie Andrews
Heather Matarazzo
Héctor Elizondo
Music byJohn Debney
CinematographyKarl Walter Lindenlaub
Edited byBruce Green
Production
company
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • August 3, 2001 (2001-08-03)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$26 million
Box office$168,335,153

The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy movie. It was produced by singer and actress Whitney Houston. It was directed by Garry Marshall. It is based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name. The movie stars Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis and Tobey Maguire as Peter Thermopolis, Mia's brother. The characters are teenagers who discover that they are the heir of the throne of the fictional Kingdom of Genovia. Genovia is ruled by their grandmother Queen Dowager Clarisse Renaldi, played by Julie Andrews. It also stars Heather Matarazzo as Mia and Peter's best friend Lilly Moscovitz, Héctor Elizondo as Joseph, the Queen's Head of Security, and Robert Schwartzman as Lilly's brother Michael, who has a crush on Mia.

The movie was released in North American theaters on August 3, 2001. The movie peaked at number three in the box office. The movie was very successful. It grossed $165,335,153 worldwide. A sequel, The Princess Diaries 2, was released in August 2004.

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Shy high school students Mia and Peter Thermopolis reside with their single mother, Helen, in a refurbished firehouse in San Francisco. Unpopular among her peers, Mia suffers from a fear of public speaking while harboring a crush on Josh Bryant, and is often teased by his popular girlfriend Lana Thomas. Mia and Peter's only friends are social outcast Lilly Moscovitz and Lilly's older brother, Michael, who secretly harbors feelings for her. Mia and Peter learn from their estranged paternal grandmother, Clarisse, that they are sole heir to the European kingdom of Genovia, having inherited the throne from their recently deceased father Philippe. Clarisse is determined to groom Mia into a refined princess and Peter into a refined prince so that they may one day rule the kingdom over which Clarisse currently presides. Overwhelmed by the discovery, Mia initially refuses until Helen convinces them to attend their grandmother's "princess and prince lessons" on the condition that they need not make their final decision until the Genovian Independence Day Ball in three weeks' time.

Mia receives a glamorous makeover and a limousine chauffeured by Joe, the queen's head of security and confidante, who becomes a father figure to her and Peter. Mia's transformation causes her schoolmates to treat her differently, while her increasingly hectic schedule strains her relationship with Lilly. To appease her best friend, Mia and Peter tell Lilly the truth and swears her to secrecy. However, the public soon learns that Mia is a princess and Peter is a prince after the secret is sold to the press by Paolo, the hairdresser responsible for Mia's makeover, and the paparazzi begin to pursue them relentlessly. Although Mia and Peter embarrass themselves at their first state dinner, the queen admits that she found their clumsiness endearing and suggests that they spend quality time together. While bonding, Clarisse explains that although Mia and Peter's parents loved each other, they divorced amicably in order to pursue their own passions, Philippe remaining in Genovia to eventually become King, and Helen returning to America with Mia and Peter to offer them a "normal" childhood.

As Mia's popularity grows, Josh invites her and Peter to attend a beach party with him. Mia and Peter accept, causing them to neglect Lilly and forego her plans with Michael. Josh kisses Mia in front of the paparazzi to bolster his own fame, while Lana helps the paparazzi photograph Mia wearing only a towel and Peter wearing board shorts; both photographs are printed in the newspaper the following day. Finding the photos inappropriate for a princess and a prince, Clarisse admonishes Mia and Peter for their behavior, after which a humiliated Mia and Peter promise to renounce their titles. Joe reminds Clarisse that Mia and Peter are still both teenagers and her grandchildren, suggesting that the queen reacted too harshly.

After making amends with Lilly, Mia and Peter finally stand up to Lana for bullying a schoolmate. Mia and Peter invite both Lilly and Michael to the ball but Michael declines, still heartbroken over Mia's initial dismissal. After Clarisse apologises to Mia and Peter for scolding them, she states that Mia and Peter must publicly renounce the throne at the ball. Terrified by the prospect, Mia and Peter plan to run away until they discover a touching letter from their late father and relents. Mia's car malfunctions while driving to the ball, stranding her in a downpour until she and Peter are retrieved by Joe.

When they finally arrive, Mia and Peter, still wet and untidy from the rain, deliver a compelling speech and accepts their roles as Prince and Princess of Genovia. After changing into a gown, Peter got changed into a tuxedo, Mia and Peter accompanie Clarisse into the ballroom where Michael, who has accepted Mia's apology, invites her to dance before confessing their feelings for each other and sharing their first kiss. In the final scene, Mia and Peter are shown traveling to Genovia in a private plane with their pet cat Fat Louie, and Mia writes in her diary that she and Peter plan to relocate to Genovia with their mother.

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Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2002 ALMA Award Outstanding Song in a Motion Picture Soundtrack "Miracles Happen" by Myra Nominated
ASCAP Top Box Office Film John Debney Won
Artios Award Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy Marcia Ross, Donna Morong, Gail Goldberg Nominated
BFCA Award Best Family Film - Live Action Nominated
Golden Trailer Award Best Animation/Family Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Contemporary Makeup - Feature Hallie D'Amore, Leonard Engelman Nominated
MTV Movie Award Breakthrough Female Performance Anne Hathaway Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Actress, Comedy Anne Hathaway Nominated
Choice Movie: Comedy Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Family Feature Film - Comedy Nominated

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