Monday, September 24, 2012

Movie Monday: The Princess Diaries

So I was originally planning on doing a completely different movie for today's post. And then yesterday I saw a post on Tumblr that said "Everyone knows all the words to at least two national anthems - their own and Genovia's." At first, I was all "Pffffff" (partly because that should be amended to say "Unless you live outside America, in which case you also know theirs because you can't escape it"), but then my brain was all "Genovia, Genooooooooviaaaaaaa, forever will your banner waaaaave!". And that was it - the Genovian national anthem was firmly lodged in my brain for the rest of the day, leaving only one option for Movie Monday.

There are insufficient words for how much I love this movie. It's pretty much everything that every awkward teenage girl wants to happen in life and then some.

Reasons why The Princess Diaries is awesome:
1. Anne Hathaway. This was her first movie role, and she apparently got hired because she accidentally fell off her chair in the audition. Regardless of how she got the job, she's pretty fantastic in this.
2. The big makeover scene.
3. Julie Andrews. Who else could play the Queen of a small European country like her? NO ONE, that's who. And who wouldn't want Julie Andrews to be their granny?
4. The Prime Minister and his wife.
5. Hector Elizondo. He's awesome.
6. The scene where Mia breaks a finger off a statue at the Genovian consulate.
7. The scene where Michael turns up and Mia has a pore strip on her nose.
8. Mia's house. Who wouldn't want to have their own tower, as well as being able to slide down a pole to breakfast every morning?!
9. Larry Miller as Paolo. He's probably better known for playing Kat and Bianca's dad in 10 Things I Hate About You, but he's completely and utterly hilarious in this.
10. Mia's dancing.
11. Sandra Oh as the school vice principal. If you know me at all, you'll know that Cristina Yang is always and forever my favourite character on Grey's Anatomy, so it's not really a surprise that I think Sandra Oh is brilliant here too.
12. Mia trying to cross her legs at the ankle in the royalty approved fashion and falling off her chair.
13. Mia's mum. She's pretty great as far as fictional parents go (okay, except for that whole lying to her daughter for 15 years thing...).
14. Lilly. Quite possibly the angriest best friend of ever, but she's always there when it counts.
15. Fat Louie, Mia's cat.
16. Waving lessons.
17. Throwing darts at paint filled water balloons, and having it count as art. WIN.
18. Mia's attempts at throwing and catching in PE class. Yeah, that's pretty much me a lot of the time...
19. Jeremiah. He's adorkable.
20. The entire state dinner, from accidentally setting someone on fire, to flinging food all over the room, to breaking the crystal ware. Hilarious.
21. The totally bonkers next door neighbour. Although I always laugh when Mia says "Good morning, Mr. Robutusen", because Robitussen is a brand of cough syrup...
22. Mia falling over on the bleachers. Part of me suspects that wasn't scripted...
23. Knighting people using an emergency brake.
24. The overdedicated photographer at the beach who's wearing desert fatigues and has fake grass attached to his camera, like he's hunting lions.
25. The PE teacher. She's great.
26. Mia's dress for the ball.
27. Hitting Douchey Josh in the gut with a baseball in PE.
28. One of the producers was Whitney Houston.
29. Mandy Moore as the bitchy cheerleader, Lana.
30. Okay, this one is more of a question than a thing that's awesome. American teen stuff always seems to feature debating as a class. Is that something that actually happens???? Because we always did debating as part of English...

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Well, as always, this is as good as it's gonna get."
- "Somebody sat on me again." (I think this one is why I love this movie as much as I do. Because this happens to me ALL THE FREAKING TIME.)
- "Please don't crush my soy nuts."
- "The elegant European woman didn't stay for tea. But the promise of tomorrow hung in the air."
- "Goodbye, trolley people!"
- "I've never put on pantihose, but it sounds dangerous."
- "If Brooke Shields married Groucho Marx, their child would have your eyebrows."
- "Me? A - a princess? SHUT UP!!"
- "You know you look like Shaft?"
- "This dance is between a waltz and a tango, you see?" "It's a wango??"
- "Some day, we will own Genovia again. And your face will be on a postage stamp."
- "My expectation in life is to be invisible, and I'm good at it."
- "Good morning, Ms Gupta!" "Morning Lilly! .......Lilly's friend..."
- "You wouldn't be running away, would you?" "What, dressed like this? [jeans and a hoodie] No, I'm going to a ball!"
- "Just in case I'm not enough of a freak already, LET'S ADD A TIARA!"
- "Don't forget the shoes. Strange town, San Francisco. When I purchased the pumps, they asked if I wanted them wrapped or if I wanted to wear them."
- "Cute, Jeremiah, but the way to a girl's heart is not by treating her like a vending machine."
- "Wait up, wait for me! Not you, I don't even know you."
- "Well, do you have any change?" "No! It's not appropriate for royalty to jingle."
- "Okay, I look like an asparagus."
- "Why me?" "Because you saw me when I was invisible."
- "It's Saturday night and welcome to my cable show, Shut Up and Listen."
- "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all."

Happy Monday, y'all. I hope a long lost relative turns up out of the blue and gives you a tiara.

K xx


  1. This sounds terrible but the day that Julie Andrews and Dame Maggie Smith leave the world, I will cry ugly tears and then eat my body weight in chocolate ice-cream. Julie Andrews is the epitome of perfection in every role she has ever been cast in. If Australia ever becomes a republic, I demand they make Julie Andrews the Queen of Australia (yes I realise the error in my statement, but lets face it, where there's a will, there's a way)

    and yes, I love this movie. The more I watch that gif of her falling, the more I agree with you - they couldn't have possibly scripted it so well.

    1. ME TOO. And then I will refuse to accept it because NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  2. I wanted her room so badly! It was so bohemian that I wanted to have a room like hers. This is movie is entertaining, can't deny it. I've seen it couple of times and I like it. Second time I watched it I realized Christina Yang was there and it made my day. I don't think I can picture her in a different role.

  3. I just texted my mom to tell her to bring this movie when she comes to visit this weekend so we can watch it after I move into my new apartment. So there's that.


    It's just so... so.... it's this movie! I love everything about it. AMAZEBALLS.

    And that whole falling on the bleachers thing- not scripted. I can't remember where I heard that, but I remember seeing that or reading it somewhere.

    And with debate as a class, it all depends on the school. Some schools have it as an elective, others you don't. Some school have it as a club too. We also had debate in our history and current events classes.

    1. Oh, we had interschool debating. But when we did it in class, it was always in English. Aaaaaaand now I'm back to being confused, because YOU HAVE CURRENT EVENTS CLASSES??????

      Also? EXCELLENT call on watching it post-moving-house.

  4. I love this movie. So much. And was really sad when I realized it's not on Netflix instant. Totes asking my dad to bring it over when he comes to finish installing my ceiling fan tonight.

    And Emmy's right, the falling on the bench thing wasn't scripted. Which just goes to show how even more perfect for this role she was.

    As for the debate thing, again, Emmy's right. Some schools have it as an elective, others have it as a mandatory class, others have it as a club, and still others have it as part of another class like English, but I think more often, public speaking. But most of the people that I knew who did debate were part of a debate team.

    After watching this movie, I so wished that a long lost grandmother would show up and tell me I was a princess. I name means princess. Come on. It's like...meant to be or something. left out the best part of the asparagus line. Because after all, she's a very, very cute asparagus! -.o

    Oh...and am I the only one who thinks Erik von Detten (Josh) looks like a wanna be Backstreet Boy? Because he totes does. And Hector Elizondo is my favorite.

    1. WAIT. PUBLIC SPEAKING IS A CLASS?????? Oh, America. Your education system will never not make my head hurt... ;)

      And YES. Josh definitely looks like a Backstreet Boy.

  5. Ah, The Princess Diaries! Saw this movie at the cinema back in 2001. (OMG, I was 16 then!!)

    Loved it, DUH. Still do, though I haven't seen it in quite a while.

    I adore Hector Elizondo. And Larry Miller is also amazeballs. (God he rocked it as Kat and Bianca's many awesome one-liners.) I remember how they were comparing Anne Hathaway to a young Julia Roberts, not only looks-wise but because Hector features in this one and has the same type of Fairy Godfather/makeover helper role as he had in Pretty Woman.

    ( THERE'S a movie I'll never, ever tire of.)

    Mandy Moore...didn't she sing some lame "Stupid Cupid" song in the movie or am I hallucinating? Also, while we're on the subject of Mandy Moore and her songs, is this the time to confess that I bought her "So Real" CD single back in 2000?


    Oh, what the hell -- I also loved "I Wanna Be With You" and I even sang along to (gulp) "Candy". Good God. (What can I say, I loved old school Britney, so when Christina, Mandy and Jessica Simpson came onto the scene, I listened to them as well. I also bought Jessica's "I Wanna Love You Forever" CD single...OMG, what was wrong with me?!)

    Who would've thought Mandy would end up marrying RYAN ADAMS of all people...!

    Word on doing debating as part of English. I always wondered that too, whether "Debating" was its own separate subject or smthg. I mean, zuh? Now, having read the above comments, the mystery has been solved.


    1. Mandy Moore does indeed sing Stupid Cupid!!

      Also, you should rewatch it immediately. BECAUSE OF REASONS.

  6. I liked the book much better. I found it quite entertaining how in the movie they changed the name of every character who didn't have a 100% American name.


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