|Rated: PG for mild language and innuendo (US) / G (Canadian Home Video Rating)|
Starring: Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, and Regina King
Released: July 16, 2004 (theaters) / October 19, 2004 (DVD)
Sure, the whole Cinderella thing has been done before countless times, but this film takes a slightly different spin on it, which is to its benefit. There are some moments that are a bit silly, but, as a whole, I found it to be mostly involving.
Production Values: 4.5/5
Aside from some soundtrack issues, I also found it to be well-made. All of the stars, including lead actress and my former number-one girl Hilary Duff, did quite well. Even the background music wasn't all terrible; there were two songs by Ms. Duff herself, and one by a pre-American Idol Kara DioGuardi, as well as few others that weren't bad.
- Sex: Some quips are made, and breast implants are discussed. One kiss.
- Nudity: Many of the female characters in this film wear everything from short skirts to high-rise tops to bikinis, though Sam herself never stoops to that level. Shirtless guys are also seen in just one scene.
- Language: A little bit of profanity, including some misuses of God's name, alongside some euphemisms such as "jeez" and name-calling.
- Drugs: None.
- Violence: An implied death from an earthquake. One automobile accident happens, and two more nearly do, though no one is hurt or killed in any of them. Everything else is mostly slapstick and played for laughs.
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: The near-accidents mentioned above.
- Other: A bit of bathroom humor.