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The Princess Diaries: (2001)

So firstly, I just wanted to say welcome to the Classics page! On this page, you will all probably know the films (if you don’t, where have you been living?!) so this is just a little recap of the all-time favourite films and why you NEED to watch them again.

To start off with… The Princess Diaries: (2001)

This film is just a lot of fun to watch over and over again. It never gets old!

Rating:

5-hearts

It is about a girl, who isn’t that popular, has about one true friend, and lives a normal life in San Francisco. She is really shy, often wishes to be invisible and has a very big crush on Josh!

One day, she’s told to meet up with her grandma that she hasn’t seen in a long time! This is her dads mother (her dad passed away when she was a little younger.) She agrees to meet up with her, and all goes well, slightly awkward but well, until her grandma drops the P word. Princess. Mia (Anne Hathaway) is the princess and heir to the Genovian throne. This completely shocks her and she runs home to confront her mother about why she kept this a secret for so long. Turns out she was going to be told when she was 18, but her fathers death forced it to come out. Being the shy girl, she doesn’t want to become a princess at first.

Obviously Mia’s life gets turned upside down as she starts to take role. This means new look, new lifestyle, new way of dressing, a bodyguard etc. However with all of this happening, she is adamant that nobody at her school knows. But with all of the differences happening in her life, people are bound to hear the news! Her hairdresser (Paolo) spills the truth to the news and it becomes the talking point at her high school, much to Mia’s dislike. She only had told her friend (Lily), however, it becomes apparent that Lily didn’t talk but Paolo did!

Everybody at school looks at her differently as she becomes royalty, and all of the things that she was seen as, unpopular, boring, disappear, in turn, making Mia a different person. Her life changes as she is told that she must go to princess learning lessons in order to act and think like a princess. Every day, after school.  

With all of this happening in Mia’s life, how do her friends and family react to it all? And how does Mia react with all of the pressure in her life? The girl that wanted to be invisible to becoming the focus point of many people around her. Always in the spotlight!

This film is such a wonderfully thought out movie and is perfect for a night in! It is such a classic, and so popular! The themes that are dealt within the film are really touching and have a lot of meaning behind. I definitely rate this movie a 5/5.

Director: Garry Marshall

Stars: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo

Year: 2001

 

 

 

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The Holiday: (2006)

Rating:

4-hearts

The Holiday is a very relatable film. It is a go-to film to watch whenever really. It is THAT good! It is about two women, one in London and one in Los Angeles who both have REALLY bad boy trouble. Iris (Kate Winslet)  who has just found out that the man that she has forever been in love with is getting engaged, and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) who has found out that her boyfriend has been cheating on her, both need an escape, and fast! Both are looking online for a way out, and they find their perfect solution!

Luckily, home exchange is available, and that is what both women do, spontaneously, for over the Christmas holidays! They meet online and start talking about where they live, and about the boys in their area. Iris lives in a little cottage in Surrey, whilst Amanda lives in a luxury home in Los Angeles. Both going to places which are very different to one another’s lives. But this makes excellent viewing as we truly see the way two completely different types of people live in each other’s worlds. Not knowing anybody, or where anything is, what do the girls do? The Holiday is jam packed with lots of fun scenes, making your night of watching exceedingly enjoyable.

Both girls meet someone new whilst being away, and funnily enough, both of the boys that they meet are somehow connected to the girls. The man that Iris meets is Amanda’s friend, and the man that Amanda meets is Iris’s brother! What a coincidence, hey! With Amanda threatening to leave and go back to Los Angeles as she doesn’t fit in the Surrey lifestyle, there is one man holding her back…

This film is full packed with lots of laughs, romance, tears and much more. We see loads of adventurous activity happening between the two women and realise that even though they live two very different lives, they are ultimately the same, just two girls looking for love!

This has been a classic for me for a long time, and is a must watch! I highly recommend watching this film as it is one of those cosy classics where you watch with some popcorn and a hot drink! I rate this film a 4/4.

Director: Nancy Meyers

Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law

Year: 2006

 

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Raise your Voice: (2004)

Rating:

5-hearts

Okay, so it can’t be all girly without having at least one teary movie! Get your tissues ready when watching this one because it really is a sad film, but also has happiness within it too! (So not all depressing!) Raise your voice is a film about a young girl who wants to pursue her passion for music. However, when she gets the chance to follow her dreams, it means moving all the way to Los Angeles for the summer. With everybody rooting her on, especially her brother, the only person who doesn’t allow it is her father, as he thinks Los Angeles will change her as a person.

This is the biggest barrier that Terri (Hilary Duff) has, however, with everybody acknowledging that her dad won’t allow her to leave, her brother is the only person who believes that she should go and that she WILL GO. Paul sees the potential that Terri has and doesn’t want her talent to go to waste.

Terri and her brother (Paul) sneak out to go to a concert, (present from Terri to Paul for his graduation) after having a row with their parents about letting Terri go to Los Angeles. Coming back from the concert, the pair are involved in an awful car crash which results in Paul passing away.

This turns all of their lives upside down. More secrets, more heartache and more opportunities. What will happen next? Will Terri go to Los Angeles against her father’s will? How will she deal with recent events? Find out and watch it!! If for some of you it is again, watch it AGAIN! Because even though this film may be one that not as many people have seen, it is still a classic and it is one of the best! This is one of my all-time favourite films and I rate it a 5/5.

Director: Sean McNamara

Stars: Hilary Duff, John Corbett, Rebecca De Mornay

Year: 2004

 

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Mean Girls: (2004)

Rating:

4-hearts

I will hands down swear that every girl in the planet has watched it. It is one of those movies that every girl has to have watched. Mean Girls has the conventional story line of high school girls who bully the new ‘weird’ girl. It is a cruel and sharply observed movie! Cady (Lindsay Lohan) has started a new school, moving from the African bush country and finds herself in the middle of two friendship groups. (I will try not to reveal any spoilers for the people who haven’t watched it, and yes, I know it’s strange that they haven’t!).

Anyway, these two groups of friends are called “The Artist Freaks” and “The Plastics”. Cady’s friendship with the Artist Freaks is genuine, whereas with the Plastics, as stated in the name of the friendship group, is plastic, fake etc. Her role in being a “friend” is merely to end the devious plan that the Plastics have towards every other kid in the school. In the process of Cady doing this, everything that is wrong within high school friendships come at her one by one, and she is caught up in a lot of turmoil by the end of it. Relationship problems, school problems, family problems. The Lot! It strongly focuses on the high school torment of girls who are classic bullies and has a character that at least every girl can relate to.

The problems that are dealt within Mean Girls are over exaggerated and are not common in your average school, but that’s what makes it so fun to watch, as they aren’t problems of the everyday norm. It shows the viewers how to deal with certain situations that are relatively common (but not as exaggerated) in schools.

All in all, this film is an absolute favourite from girls all over the world! Whichever country, and language this film has to be in your top 10 favs! Girls still to this day quote this movie on the daily. I rate this film a 4/5!

Director: Mark Waters

Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams

Year: 2004