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Other contemporary works like Midnight Madness and Tron became hopelessly dated within a few years of release. The near-constant supply of soundtrack-minded pop songs is a bit much. But Wendkos and Marshall capture the teen speak and sentiments nicely.
And Hathaway is appropriately cast, believable as an ugly duckling and yet convincingly transformed into an attractive but still dorky young woman.
One day, Mia's paternal grandmother Clarisse (Julie Andrews) reaches out to her, setting up a tea time.
It is on this encounter that Mia learns she is royalty, the recently-deceased father she never knew being the heir to the throne of a small country called Genovia. " (emphasis on "up"), responds Mia in the film's most memorable line.
As nice as her lead performance is, I don't think anyone foresaw a huge film career for Hathaway, an actress plucked from obscurity and not someone groomed to be a multi-platform sensation like her Disney Channel contemporaries.
While the easiest way for Raven and Hilary Duff to see the inside of a multiplex these days is to buy a ticket like the rest of us, Hathaway has somehow made Hollywood's short list of highly employable actresses.
Julie Andrews is perfect (no "practically" required) as Queen Clarisse, providing all the grace the role calls for and then some.
After her ridiculously promising and frequently decorated start in the 1960s, this was only Andrews' third theatrical film credit since the mid-1980s.
Despite this, or perhaps because of it, there is a significant amount of people interested in it, and this being the Internet, they can't wait to share their shipping theories with you.
Often, the studio's attempts carry an air of corniness, e.g.
the High School Musical version of high school or the Dexter Riley depiction of college.
Her next credit is as close to a commercial certainty as there exists, playing Catwoman in Chris Nolan's trilogy-closing The Dark Knight Rises.
Though it is by far her most tolerable work, Hathaway can't claim all the credit for Diaries' accomplishments.