A Cinderella Story: Review
Hillary Duff rocks in Cinderella Story. Chad Michael Murray makes the perfect Prince Charming. I was totally thrilled to watch the movie. Hillary Duff is my favorite teen star since, the Lizzy McGuire days. She represents the smart, intelligent and classy beauty. I have never seen
Movie Overview and Plot:
The movie starts with 8 year old Sam Montgomery who lives with her best friend, her dad. Hal Montgomery who is Sam's father owns a diner called "Hal's Diner". Hal narrates bedtime fairy-tales to his only daughter Sam. Sam's favorite story is Cinderella. The staff of the diner is Sam's extended family. However, Hal falls in love with a lady called Fiona and marries her. Fiona becomes a part of the
One night Sam's father hands his eight-year old daughter Cinderella's storybook and tells her that the book contains a very important thing that she will need when she grows up. He tells her that fairy-tales are not only about getting handsome princes but also about building your own castles. He assures her that dreams come true and for achieving them you must take education, go to college. Sam asks her father,” Daddy, Where do Princesses go to college?", her dad replies that they go to
Sadly, that is the night of the 1994 Northridge earthquake when she loses her best friend. After the death of her father, Fiona and the girls get everything since Hal does not leave any will. Sam is made to live in the attic.
Eight years later, Sam is straight- A student who works as a diner girl in Fiona's Diner; once owned by her father. Fiona is a plastic surgery/Salmon obsessed fat lady who is full of craftiness and malice. She makes Sam do all the household and personal chores including writing reports for her daughters. Brianna (Madeline Zima) and Gabriella (Andrea Avery) are stupid, ugly and cunning daughters of Fiona.
Sam has a dream to go Princeton for which she tolerates Fiona's atrocious behavior. Her friend Carter (Dan Byrd) who aspires to be an actor is her support system. Carter is known as a geek and dresses up as a new character everyday. Rhonda and everyone at the diner offer a lot of love and support to Sam. But to her monotonous and routine life with a very little glitter, their still is a silver lining.
Sam has a cyberspace friendship with a guy called "Nomad609", who is actually the high-school Hunk and football team captain, "Austin Ames". Austin Ames has a craving writer and poet inside him who pours out his real thoughts while chatting with the
Sam is depressed and goes to work at the diner. Rhonda and others motivate her and she decides to meet her dream boy at the dance. Rhonda gets a mask that goes with her wedding dress for Sam.
Carter takes her to the dance with him in his car. Cinderella then walks down the stairs in a beautiful dress while still hiding her beautiful eyes behind the mask.
She meets her dream boy at the center of the dance floor; after having an disappointing dance with a college loser whom she assumes to be "Nomad609". On knowing that Austin Ames is her Prince Charming, Sam is bewildered and somewhat intimidated. However, it does not last for long and both play 10 questions.
They both go together in a quiet but beautiful place away from the crowd.
Sam runs away dropping her cell-phone with Carter disguised as Zorro. While the romance between Cinderella and her prince charming is unfolding; Carter's Zorro act win's
Just before Sam grabs him, he is busy kissing
Although Gabriella and Brianna spot her, Fiona escapes out on her. Sam is saved from her wrath. Surprisingly, she is shocked to know the eagerness of
Seeing all this, Sam is demoralized. However,
The skit portrays Sam as a loser, a diner girl and an imposter.
Everyone at the school is mocking at Sam.
Sam quits the diner job along with Rhonda and the others after she sees her father's favorite quote on the wall. Sam has been playing baseball from the age of eight and her father often told her that
" Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game". Of course, this quote is seen as the wallpaper comes out when Brianna and Gabriella slam the door blaming Sam for it.
Sam goes to live with Rhonda. That night is the night of the big football game. Sam meets Austin and tells him that even though she has no job, no money for college and no family, she feels sad for him because she knows the boy wrote those wonderful mails (poetic, romantic and intelligent) is there inside him. However, waiting for him would be like waiting for a rain in a drought, "useless and disappointing". These words pierce his heart. Feeling much better, Sam then goes to watch the game with Carter who is in no character that day.
Sam then goes to