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The Princess Diaries | 2001 | G | - 3.3.1

A shy teenager (Anne Hathaway) suddenly finds out that she is the heir apparent to the crown of the European principality of Genovia, and she must decide before her sixteenth birthday whether she will move to her palace there, or stay home with her artist mom. When her royal and very stern grandmother (Julie Andrews) shows up to give her lessons in being a princess, the two instantly clash. Also with Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall, Robert Schwartzman, Terry Wayne, Erik von Detten and Patrick Flueger. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A young man and woman kiss repeatedly and he bites a bubble that she has blown with her gum, and another young man and woman kiss. A young man tries to kiss a young woman, but she stops him a couple of times (one time he forces himself on her for the benefit of the press). Many young couples are seen dancing, holding each other close. A young woman daydreams of kissing a young man she has a crush on, several times. A group of cheerleaders (in skimpy uniforms) dance suggestively in front of a crowd of students, and a cheerleader does a tumbling move which exposes her color coordinated panties. A young woman, who is changing her clothes in a beach tent, is exposed (wrapped in a towel) to a crowd of press. A young man flirts with and ogles a young woman. A man flirts with a woman, they dance and he kisses her hand. We see many young women in bikinis and swim garb at a beach party. A young man starts taking off his clothes acting like he's stripping, but he's stopped at his T-shirt. Several women are shown in evening gowns which expose shoulders, backs and cleavage. A young woman climbs down some stairs (shot from below) and slides down a fire pole in a short skirt. There is a reference to puberty when a young woman says: "I'm still waiting for normal body parts to arrive."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Young men and women verbally abuse another young woman repeatedly. A young woman in a car rolls down a hill and crashes into a trolley car full of people (no one is injured), and a young woman backs into a garbage can with her car. A man threatens another man by grabbing him by the shirt and yelling in his face. A young woman throws a baseball and hits a woman on the head, a young woman hits a baseball and it hits a young man in the stomach (or groin, it's hard to tell), and he falls to the ground moaning, a foul ball rolls toward a group of cheerleaders who scream, a young woman smears an ice cream cone on a young woman's shirt. There are a couple of discussions about a man having been killed in an accident. A young woman is pummeled by soccer balls. A young woman nearly vomits while making a speech, a young woman falls off a chair, a young woman struggles to put on stockings and falls on the floor of a limousine and hits her head on the roof, a young woman having dance lessons spins too fast and rams into her partner, a young woman slips and falls on some bleachers, and a young woman breaks her glass when clinking it with a spoon. A man trips over a young woman, lands in a plate of food and sends food flying through the air. We see an extreme close-up of a young woman's eyebrows being plucked, and we see a young woman wince when she removes a pore cleansing strip from her nose. A cat hisses at a woman. Two young women spit on the street.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 religious exclamation, some name-calling and insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Daydreaming, being "invisible," friendship, responsibility, jealousy, royalty, selling out, leadership, uniforms, divorce, snobbery.

MESSAGE - The community is more important than the needs of one individual. Have faith in yourself and know who you are. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

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