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The Princess Diaries Review

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  • 75

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Isn't always perfect. But it fills an empty spot in the hearts of girls of all ages who have been pining all summer for a movie like this.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Loren King

    Manages to wring some originality out of its fairy-tale plot. This freshness compensates for the expected hackneyed qualities in this Cinderella tale.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This charming, if unnecessarily coronation-length production gets the duckling-to-swan ambivalence just right.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Terrific fun for girls and their families, too.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is rated G because it has no profanity, violence, or sexual material, and there is very little to worry about. But that does not make it a kids-only movie. This is a family movie in the best sense, a movie that the whole family will enjoy. Parents should know that Mia drives without a license and manages to escape a ticket using tactics they might find troubling.

  • Families can talk about growing up, choices, and mistakes. Parents can tell kids about some of their own mistakes and fears when they were Mia's age, and what they did to move on from them. They may also want to talk about what teens should consider before deciding to kiss someone, and how important it is to be loyal to true friends.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Staying true to yourself.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Some comic pratfalls and a car crash (no one hurt).

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    Sexy stuff: References to kissing.

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable