Movie Review

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

To get the kingdom of Genovia... There's just a little hitch.
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Movie Poster

US Release Date: 08-11-2004

Directed by: Garry Marshall


  • Julie Andrews
  • Clarisse Renaldi
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Mia Thermopolis
  • Hector Elizondo
  • Joe
  • Heather Matarazzo
  • Lilly Moscovitz
  • Chris Pine
  • Sir Nicholas
  • Kathleen Marshall
  • Charlotte
  • John Rhys-Davies
  • Viscount Mabrey
  • Spencer Breslin
  • Prince Jacques
Reviewed on: August 12th, 2004
Anne Hathaway and Chris Pine in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Anne Hathaway and Chris Pine in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Unlike the first Princess Diaries movie, this sequel is a bit out of reach. The first film was about a dorky high schooler who suddenly found herself in a position of being quite special. On some level, anyone could relate to that. This installment is about a klutzy royal who is forced, by politics, to get married. Can anyone relate to that?

Hathaway and Andrews reprise their roles as Queen and Princess of Genovia. Princess Mia is going to take over the throne, as her grandmother is about to abdicate. However, a member of the Genovian Parliament points out an old un-enforced rule that states a female ruler must be married. Thus, Mia gets herself engaged to a British royal. In the meantime, she falls in love with the said Parliament member's nephew.

The movie moves along at sitcom pace with about an equal amount of laughs as an average sitcom. The Queen has her own side plot line involving her unrequited love for her head of security. The biggest highlight of the movie is that Julie Andrews sings. It's only one song but it does remind the audience what a rare talent she is.

Disney, as usual, goes over board on being politically correct. The, pseudo European, country of Genovia is a confusing cluster of nationalities and races. The Genovian accents include American, British, French, Italian and Scottish. Genovia as a European melting pot just makes the setting seem all the more fake.

Not nearly as good as the first one, Princess Diaries 2 will likely satisfy it's core audience, young girls, but it will not create any new fans.