The Princess Diaries
Garry Marshall (US, 2001, 123 min.)
This "modern day fairy tale" rides heavily on the presence of Mary Poppins/Maria, Julie Andrews, as well as the newly-anointed Disney poster-girl Anne Hathaway. Andrews plays Clarisse Renaldi, also known as Queen of Genovia, a Luxembourg-esque European nation situated somewhere near Andorra. Hathaway plays Mia Thermopolis, her grand-daughter and current high school geek who lives in a converted fire station in San Francisco. Mia wrestles with the news that she is next in line for the throne of Genovia as well as with a string of typical high school issues such as her love life and her hair.
After wreaking havoc at a state dinner, Mia and Queen Clarisse take some time off from royalty lessons and hit the town, with Mia as tour guide. Armed with quarters, they stop at the Musée Mécanique to play some games of skill and take some photos.
Contributed by Brian