8:00 PM, 9th April, 2005
This movie (despite the title) isn't another Big or Freaky Friday. There is the whole "kid's mind, adult's body" thing going on, but it's different enough to make this flick worth the effort - especially if you are a kid of the 80s (particularly a girl) and/or like Jennifer Garner.
Like any teen Jenna wants to be in with the "cool" group. After they play a trick on Jenna at her birthday party, she wishes her childhood away - "magic wishing dust", given to her by uncool best friend Matt, sprinkles over her and she gets her wish - she wakes up "30, flirty and successful", and completely capable of going to work in her pyjamas. What happens from there is amusing, sometimes cringe worthy and obligingly heart-warming, as Jenna discovers the past she doesn't remember and the present she is living isn't all she expected it to be.
The story has the usual clich((eacute))s, but does have some highlights (the "Thriller" dance party is hilariously corny). The supporting cast works well, but this is obviously a Jennifer Garner vehicle, and she is quite good - surprisingly likable and funny. This is fun and frivolous. Enjoy it for what it is - I did.
10:00 PM, 9th April, 2005
It is five years since Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway) learned she was a princess and heir to the throne of Genovia, a tiny obscure nation in Europe. She moves into the Royal Palace with her grandmother Queen Clarisse (Andrews) and is immersed into a regal world with impressive living quarters, curtsying maids, and an elaborate wardrobe. But while Mia is reveling in her newfound luxuries there are more serious matters afoot.
Enter Viscount Mabrey (Rhys-Davies), the villain, who is not about to allow Mia to become queen as his nephew Nicholas (Chris Pine) is an eligible male heir to the throne. According to an archaic law, Mia must be married in order to become queen and so she has 30 days to do so or else she will forfeit the throne to Nicholas.
Many of the characters from the original film return for the sequel but they take a backseat to Mia's romance and rise to power. Nonetheless, a definite highlight is the wooing of the Queen by her longtime chauffeur and close personal friend Joe (Elizondo). And don't worry, you don't have to have seen the original to enjoy this sequel, so come along and be entertained.