The Princess Diaries

Synopsis: 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
Director(s): Garry Marshall
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
  3 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Time for school.

Stop daydreaming.

You'll be late for school.

Hi, Louie, come on.

It's time to go to school.

Let's go.

- Are you feeling confident?

- Not really.

Just remember,

when you make your speech,

don't look at the people.

Pick a spot on the back wall,

don't take your eyes off it,

and speak loudly.

Thanks, Mom.

- Bye, Mom.

- Good luck.

- Morning, Muttons.

- Be nice.

Sorry, Mr. Robutusen.

Have a nice day.

I doubt it.

Hey there, ho there

How do you do

This is Grove Lions saying hi to you

I'm Lana, Anna, Fontana

Go, Lions

- Josh, what are you doing?

- He's such a show-off.

Off the wall, please.

Jeremiah, off the wall.

Come on, you know better than that.

- Good morning, Miss Gupta.

- Morning, Lilly.

Lilly's friend.

I'm sorry. I didn't see you.

I was thinking...

Somebody sat on me again.

- Really?

- Yeah.

I don't know what happened. I was

sitting there, working on my speech.

- It's really a dumb class.

- Jerk and jerkette sighting.

What? You never saw two idiots

exchange saliva before?

Yeah. They're so rude.

For a second I thought

you were going A-Crowd on me.


- Ready for debate?

- I'm never ready for debate.

So, this is not a debate.

It's a control issue.

Grove controls our minds

with what they teach us,

but they're not satisfied with that.

I think Grove should dump the uniforms

and have casual dress all year round.

All right, all right.

OK, settle down.

Settle down, this is a debate.

After it's over,

I want you back in your uniform.

- Whatever you say.

- Josh sit down.

- He's the man.

- He's my man.

OK, Josh, later.

Down boy, you've made your point.

Now we've all heard from Josh Bryant

for the affirmative.

I love that sound.

- What's my point again?

- You like our uniforms.

They're equalizers.

Now we'll hear the rebuttal

from Mia Thermopolis,

who will present the negative argument

against our proposition.

I think...

What a frizzball.

Look at her hair.

We're waiting.

- Say something.

- You see...

Casual... Casual...

- Are you OK?

- She's gonna barf.

Look out, she's gonna hurl.

Cover the tuba.

Mia, finish up with Mrs. Talmond

and then you can take a break.

- Huge tip from Mrs. Hirsch.

- I got one from Mrs. Talmond.

- We are doing all right today.

- Mr. Walsh's ropes are twisted.

Mr. Walsh, stop twisting.

You'll strangle yourself.

- Hi, Mom.

- You threw up?

- And you ran away.

- I'm trying to forget about it.

Can I have some

shoes and chalk, please?

Anyway, I'll go talk

to your debate teacher...

- What's his name?

- Mr. O'Connell.

...And straighten it all out.

I am never going to be

a good public speaker,

just call him and tell him

I want to be a mime.

- I can do that.

- Here you go.

- Your grandmother called.

- What?

The live one, who lives in Genovia.


This is the first time she's

contacted us, what's she want?

She's in town,

she wants to have tea.

Tea? She came all the way

from Europe to have tea?

- Think I want to climb a little bit.

- Rocks Around the Clock.

Isn't this the grandmother

who made you two get a divorce?

She didn't approve of me.

But Philippe and I made the decision

to divorce on our own.

Why should I go see

this snobby lady who ignores us?

Mia, she's your father's mother.

Just go see her, please?


She said your father hoped

that you two would meet someday.

All right, I'll... I'll go.

OK. All right.

I win, band practice is over.

I have a music class. Out.

Let's have the third group try

"Catch a Falling."

Do you want to be in the front?

- Thanks.

- No problem.


You sure you can't help me

with my spotted owl petition?

I told you. I'm meeting my grandmother

after school.


The school tours are on Saturday,

young lady.

I'm here for a meeting

with my grandmother.


Clarisse Renaldi.

Please come to the front door.

Thank you very much.

Get off the grass!

Welcome, Miss Thermopolis.

We've been expecting you.

Be careful.

Please don't crush my soy nuts.

Your soy nuts are safe.

- OK.

- Right this way.

Please, make yourself comfortable.

...Special food for their daughter.

She's allergic to peanuts.

And we need new pillows

for the Prime Minister's wife.

She's allergic to goosefeathers.

Hello, Amelia.

I'm Charlotte,

from the Genovian Attache Corps.

Hi. It's nice to meet you.

- Where am I?

- The Genovian Consulate.

You've got pears in your flowers.

Genovian pears.

We're famous for them.

Now, if you'll sit down,

she'll be with you in a moment.

I don't need a moment. I'm here.

- Amelia, I'm so glad you could come.

- Hi.

- You've got a great place.

- Thank you.

Let me look at you.

You look so... young.

Thank you.

And you look so...


Charlotte, would you go and check

on tea in the garden?

Please, sit.


My mom said you wanted to talk

to me about something, so... shoot.

Before I... shoot, I have something

I want to give you.


Thank you.


It's the Genovian Crest.

It was mine when I was young.

And that was my great grandmother's.

I'll keep this safe.

I will take good care of it.

What did you want to tell me?

Something I think will have

a big impact upon your life.

- I already have braces.

- It's bigger than orthodontia.

The tea is served, ma'am.

Amelia, have you ever heard of

Edward Christof Philippe Grard Renaldi?


He was the Crown Prince of Genovia.

What about him?

Edward Christof Philippe

Grard Renaldi...

...was your father.

Yeah, sure.

My father was the Prince of Genovia.

You're joking.

Why would I joke about

something like that?

No. No, 'cause if he's really

a prince, then I'm...


You're not just Amelia Thermopolis,

you are Amelia Mignonette

Thermopolis Renaldi,

Princess of Genovia.

Me? A... A princess?

Shut up!

I beg your pardon? Shut up?

Your Majesty, in America

it doesn't always mean "be quiet."

- It could mean "wow", "gee whiz"...

- I understand, thank you.

Nevertheless, you are the Princess.

And I am Queen Clarisse Renaldi.

Why on earth would you

pick me to be your princess?

Since your father died, you are

the natural heir to the throne.

That's our law.

I'm royal by marriage.

You are royal by blood.

You can rule.

Rule? Oh, no.

Oh, no. No, no, no.

Now you have really got the wrong girl.

I never lead anybody.

Not at Brownies,

not at Campfire Girls...

Queen Clarisse, my expectation in life

is to be invisible

and I'm good at it.

Amelia, I had other expectations, also.

In my wildest dreams, I never

expected this to happen,

but you are the legal heir, the

only heir to the Genovian throne

and we will accept the challenge of

helping you become the princess you are.

I can give you books.

You'll study languages,

history, art, political science.

I can teach you to walk, talk,

sit, stand, eat, dress like a princess.

Given time, I think you'll find

the palace a pleasant place to live.

- Live in Genovia?

- It's a wonderful country, really.

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