My 6 year old is convinced she's really a princess. It's no surprise that we have watched every movie that has royalty in it. When we got the chance to review The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, we were ecstatic!
In The Princess Diaries, Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager - sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly's older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn't come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia's life is thrown into complete overload. She's being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia's Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne and father and grandmother want her to be.
In The Princess Diaries 2, this modern-day fairy tale picks up right where The Princess Diaries left off! As future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia (Hathaway) has everything a girl could want – except the magical romance she’s always dreamed of. But soon, Mia’s shocked to discover that she needs to get married right now or her family will lose the crown! Comic complications rule the day in this delightful family story about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!
We found both movies to be delightful and very funny! My daughter had a deep belly laugh throughout, especially when Mia uses a wooden leg to fake riding side saddle, and then it falls off! It has an underlying moral to the story of being true to yourself, which all little princesses should learn! You can purchase your own copy of THE PRINCESS DIARIES: 10th Anniversary Edition + THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2: Royal Engagement DVD/Blu-Ray Combo on Amazon for only $39 shipped!