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"Princess Diaries 2"

TWO HOURS of trying to get you go ``Awwwww... " That is Walt Disney's "Princess Diaries 2 Royal Engagement" in a nutshell. And director Garry Marshall tries every trick in the trade to make that possible — casting aww-so-cute babies to oh-so-cute cats and dogs to eligible boys presenting aww-so-cute diamond rings from a film roll can, etc.

Princess Mia returns to her kingdom of Genovia to learn that she would forfeit the throne if she does not find a match for herself in a month. After finding a suitable boy in a British suitor, the Princess finds herself attracted to the boy she would lose the throne to, if she does not meet the deadline.

The highlight of this assembly-line chick-flick is the line-up of assorted comic characters who have, maybe, all of two lines in the entire movie. From the 12-year-old Prince to the almost psychotic maid of the scheming uncle Viscount Mabrey (John Rhys-Davies) — they are all hilarious. Anne Hathaway reprises her role as Princess Mia and slips into character effortlessly. (Screenplay: Meg Cabot and Gina Wenkos). Julie Andrews, who plays Queen Clarisse, the grand-mom of the Princess, gets to do quite a chunk of the crowd-pleaser acts — karaoke, mattress surfing, slow dancing with her love interest Joe (played by Hector Elizondo), Head of Security, apart from playing the understanding Queen and granny.

It might not be in the league of Garry Marshall's (``Pretty Woman" and ``Princess Diaries") regular work considering that the `cute' elements seem so conveniently thrust into the wafer-thin excuse of a plot. However, if you are still in high school or just joined college, grab some baked corn from the counter at Sathyam, sit back and enjoy your cuppa.

SUDHISH KAMATH

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