The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

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The Princess Diaries 2:
Royal Engagement
Movie the princess diaries 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGarry Marshall
Produced byWhitney Houston
Debra Martin Chase
Written byMeg Cabot (characters)
Shonda Rhimes
StarringJulie Andrews
Anne Hathaway
Heather Matarazzo
John Rhys-Davies
Hector Elizondo
Music byJohn Debney
CinematographyCharles Minsky
Editing byBruce Green
StudioWalt Disney Pictures
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • August 11, 2004 (2004-08-11)
Running time113 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million
Box office$95,170,481[1] (worldwide)
 
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The Princess Diaries 2:
Royal Engagement
Movie the princess diaries 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGarry Marshall
Produced byWhitney Houston
Debra Martin Chase
Written byMeg Cabot (characters)
Shonda Rhimes
StarringJulie Andrews
Anne Hathaway
Heather Matarazzo
John Rhys-Davies
Hector Elizondo
Music byJohn Debney
CinematographyCharles Minsky
Editing byBruce Green
StudioWalt Disney Pictures
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • August 11, 2004 (2004-08-11)
Running time113 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million
Box office$95,170,481[1] (worldwide)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is a 2004 American comedy film and the sequel to 2001's The Princess Diaries. Unlike the first film, this movie is not based on any of the books.

Most of the cast returned from the first film, including Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Héctor Elizondo, and Heather Matarazzo. Garry Marshall returned to direct and Debra Martin Chase to produce the sequel.

New characters include Viscount Mabrey (John Rhys-Davies), Lord Nicholas Devereaux (Chris Pine), and Andrew Jacoby (Callum Blue).

Plot[edit]

Five years after the first film, Crown Princess of Genovia Amelia "Mia" Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) has just graduated from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and is returning to Genovia with her bodyguard Joe (Héctor Elizondo) and beloved cat Fat Louie. There, she will await her reign once her grandmother, Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews), abdicates from the throne.

During Mia's twenty-first birthday party, she dances with all the eligible bachelors in hope of seeking a husband. She happens to meet a handsome young gentleman (Chris Pine) by accidentally stepping on his foot. After saving her from a dysfunctional dance, the charming man introduces himself as Nicholas. During the course of the night, Mia's tiara falls off and is caught by Parliament member Viscount Mabrey (John Rhys-Davies) who secretly plans to steal Mia's crown.

The next morning while Parliament is in-session, Mia explores the castle. She stumbles upon a hidden room that allows her to secretly listen in on Parliament's session. Viscount Mabrey reveals that his nephew, Lord Devereaux, is another heir to the Genovian throne. Despite Queen Clarisse's objection, the only way Mia can assume her duties as Queen is if she marries within the next 30 days.

Clarisse invites Lord Devereaux to stay at the palace, stating that if any mischief goes on she will want to know about it. Mia is shocked to discover Lord Devereaux is Nicholas, the man with whom she flirted at the ball. Enraged, she stomps on his foot, this time on purpose. Clarisse confronts Mia demanding an explanation for her behavior and she confesses her and Nicholas' history. Clarisse says that as her Queen, she cannot condone Mia's behavior, but as her grandmother she completely agrees.

Mia's best friend Lilly Moscovitz (Heather Matarazzo) surprises her and comes to Genovia. Together, they pick through all potential husbands, including (a then-single) Prince William. Mia eventually chooses Andrew Jacoby (Callum Blue), Duke of Kenilworth and days later they are engaged. Mabrey plans to dissolve the engagement by instructing Nicholas to pursue a romance with Mia, which he willingly does.

For a ceremony, Mia is to ride sidesaddle but does not know how. Queen Clarisse puts this worry to rest by presenting a wooden leg decoy to make her seem she is riding sidesaddle. Mabrey spooks Mia's horse with a rubber snake and Joe rushes to Mia's aide, but accidentally tears off the leg which lands on the ground. Humiliated, Mia flees to the stables, where Nicholas finds her and tries to comfort her, which Mia misconstrues as an insult.

Later, at a garden party, Mia and Nicholas quarrel about Mia's relationship with Andrew. Nicholas tricks Mia into admitting that she is not in love with him. Angered, she follows him to argue but instead gets bombarded by a passionate kiss. At first, she passionately kisses him back but then backs away. Nicholas pursues her even more, which causes both of them to fall into a fountain. Queen Clarisse finally tells the soaked Mia that her behavior with Nicholas needs to stop.

During the Genovian Independence Day parade, Mia sees some boys picking on a little girl (Abigail Breslin). She abruptly halts the parade, and goes to comfort the girl, while the boys who were bullying her run off. Learning that the children are orphans, Mia has a vendor give them all tiaras and lets them walk with her in the parade. Everyone, especially Nicholas, is impressed by her act of generosity, while Mabrey is disgusted at what he sees as a political maneuver. Mia later decides to build a temporary children's centre at one of the royal palaces with the help of Parliament member Lord Crawley (Paul Vogt) and his architect twin brother, Dean (Peter Allen Vogt). That night, Mia has her bachelorette party/sleepover party, where Queen Clarisse surfs on a mattress and sings a duet with Princess Asana (Raven-Symoné), one of Mia's good friends.

Nicholas begins to have second thoughts on sabotaging Mia in order to become King. Mabrey realizes that Nicholas has fallen in love with her, but Nicholas says that Mia will never have feelings for him. Mabrey claims to only want Nicholas' happiness. Nicholas comes upon Mia as she is practising her archery as part of her coronation rites. He helps her succeed in getting the arrow to hit the bullseye, something she had been struggling with. Nicholas then informs Mia that he is leaving, but asks to see her just one more time before he goes. She declines, saying she is under close guard.

That night, Nicholas appears outside Mia's window and asks her to come down. Lilly encourages her to go, and Mia climbs down the vine. They ride out to a lake where they share secrets, dance and eventually fall asleep in each other's arms. The next morning, they awaken to find a man in a boat videotaping them. Mia thinks Nicholas set her up. Nicholas insists that he had no idea, but Mia does not believe him and angrily storms off. By the time she gets back to the palace, their scandalous footage is broadcast on Genovian breakfast television. Andrew is disappointed but tells Mia he still thinks their marriage could work. He kisses Mia and asks her if she felt anything to the kiss which she says no. They realize they do not love each other, but do not call off the wedding because Andrew said he would marry Mia and that a gentleman never breaks his promise.

The wedding is to take place the following day, and Mia's mother Helen (Caroline Goodall) comes with her new husband Patrick (Sean O'Bryan) and their newborn son Trevor. Paulo (Larry Miller) arrives promptly to do Mia's hair. Right before leaving for the wedding, Nicholas debates on whether he should attend, and Mabrey ends up leaving without him. Their surly housekeeper Gretchen, informs Nicholas that it was Mabrey who engineered their televised scandal. Nicholas rushes to the church first on his grandfather's old penny-farthing bicycle before getting a horse from a local farmer.

Moments before the wedding, Joe informs Mia that Nicholas did not set her up. As she walks down the aisle, Mia finds it difficult to go through with the marriage and rushes outside to catch her breath. Queen Clarisse follows and encourages her to not make the same mistake she made about giving up on true romantic love. Mia reenters the church to break it off with a relieved Andrew and she addresses the attending members of Parliament. Mabrey stands up and, citing the nation's law, once again suggests that Nicholas be named monarch, only to be interrupted by Nicholas saying that he refuses the crown. He then walks away with Mabrey angrily following him and telling him that he has a duty to his father, but Nicholas just tells his uncle that they are finished. Mia proposes that the law on royal marriages be abolished, and Parliament unanimously gives its assent. Mia tells her grandmother to have her own happy ending. Clarisse says that since the guests came to see someone get married, she proposes to Joe, and they are promptly married by the Archbishop.

About a week later, Mia is preparing for her coronation when Nicholas shows up. He professes his romantic love for Mia on bended knee, and they share a romantic kiss. The next day, Mia is crowned "Her Majesty Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi, Queen of Genovia", with all in attendance in the royal palace.

An epilogue shows that Genovian Parliament now allows female members, one of which is Charlotte. Queen Mia officially opens the children's home as she had planned to.

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Reception[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film holds a 26% "certified rotten" rating, with an average score of 4.6/10 based on 114 critical reviews. The site's general consensus is that "Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews bring charm and elegance to the movie, but there's not enough material for them to work with in this sequel."[2] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, it has an average score of 43 from the 31 reviews, which indicates "Mixed or average reviews".[3]

The film's writer, Shonda Rhimes, later said that she treasured the experience if for nothing else – the opportunity to work with its star, Julie Andrews.[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

The song, "Your Crowning Glory", a duet between Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews) and Princess Asana (Raven-Symoné) was the first time Andrews had sung in public or on screen since she had throat surgery in 1997. She reportedly nailed the song on the very first take.

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