I'm A Princeth!
Not really, but you'd better be with a small child, preferably a girl if you go and see Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.
After catching the first installment on TV a few nights prior, I was willing to take along my 13yo cousin along. Hoping for a light film with a few good laughs. I didn't mind the first, full of fluff and set-up gags it was fine for a Sunday night in front of the TV. I didn't have expectations for PD2 except what the original had provided.
Bad mistake. Where PD gives us high school angst with the usual problems of image and popularity, PD2 gives us responsibility and relationship issues.
Set 5 years after the original Anne Hathaway's character Mia is now 21. So one would expect her to be dealing with a few more 'grown up' issues. Attempts are made to do so, but fail miserably because they don't want to totally lose all the 10 year old fidgets. Rather than walk a fine line of dealing with the real issues of having to find a husband, they mention them and move on to physical humour.
The night before she is set to marry the 'appropriate' guy, not the so very flawed and badly acted 'right guy', she has a Hen's party. She doesn't go out and get trashed, there's no stripper nor any of the other usual debauchery you would expect at such an event. No. She has a 'sleep over' with a bunch of, you guessed it, 12 year olds.
Julie Andrews is such a force that you could put her in anything and she'd still be amazing. She does 'sing' in this film and hearing the rough edge to her voice is more heartbreaking than fun.
If you are looking for some sugary nothing to fill an evening then watch Princess Diaries, but I would avoid the sequel, another victim of sequelism.