The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement takes us out of America and into the fictional land of Genovia. 5 years later, Princess Mia Thermopolis is ready to begin her royal duties. One of the biggest complaints about the sequel is that it isn’t based on any of the many books that were released since the first. Mainly because Mia is now friends with her true love from the first movie. Setting in motion the plot of The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Which centers on Mia having to get married in 30 days or risk losing the throne. Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews try their best, but their not enough to hold the sequel together. A far cry from Garry Marshall’s older work. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is far less funny, cringier, and unfocused. I’m sure little kids got into things like mattress surfing, but I was too old. Then there’s the romance between Mia and Nicholas (played by a young Chris Pine in his film debut). Probably the only highlight of the sequel, but it ends in a ridiculous way. Not even the change of scenery is enough to elevate it. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is a sequel so goody goody Anne Hathaway starred in Brokeback Mountain just to escape its image.
P.S. Why does this movie have an out of nowhere Stan Lee cameo in it! It’s a mystery that continues to perplex me to this day.
Preceded by: The Princess Diaries