The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

A fun romp for girls of all ages.

G 2004 120 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 38 reviews

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age 12+


I watched the first movie, The Princess Diaries, when I was really little, but I never realized there was a sequel until last night!! It was cute and I definitely recommend, but it's obviously heavy in the romance area. Most women have low mid-drifts and plunging dresses including the main actresses. Mia flirts, has a few forced kisses on her, and looks longingly at certain men. She also falls asleep outside with a main character but clothes stay on!! No sex implied, just a cute evening. But the sleeping couple was recorded and twisted to imply that they did have sex, which they didn't. Mia was forcing herself to get married to someone she didn't love, so she could be Queen. Mia's also spotted in a closet with another man than her fiance, she wasn't doing anything but it's seen as a seducing angle. Oh, yeah, Mia's basically cheating on her fiance- days away from the wedding day. A gay couple is mentioned, a man and his boyfriend. Mia and her bff reply with, "Right on." and bump fists to acknowledge that they approve of the gay couple. Feminism is pushed because it's the 21st century and Genovian traditions/customs are behind the times. There is a sleepover and the clothes are tight low/short. No bad words that I know of. I thought I heard Anne Hathaway say f*ck when she's surprised by her friend hiding in her closet, but I could be wrong.

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Too much sex
age 12+

Young Adult Themes

I remember watching this movie when it first came out and liked it a lot. Now after watching with my children I think that is appropriate for soon to be teenagers not grade school aged children. The entire movie is about how Mia must get married within 30 days and her challenge with navigating romantic relationships. The cheating, kissing, sneaking out, and reference to one potential suitor being homosexual are all content that I don’t believe appropriate for children under 12. Call me old-fashion. I do like the message at the very end however.

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