A Cinderella Story (2004)

A Cinderella Story
Director: Mark Rosman
Writer: Leigh Dunlap
Cast: Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray, Dan Byrd, Regina King, Julie Gonzalo, Lin Shaye, Madeline Zima, Andrea Avery Ray, Mary Pat Gleason, Paul Rodriguez
Seen on: 4.1.2020

Plot:
Sam (Hilary Duff) divides her time between school and the diner that her stepmother (Jennifer Coolidge) inherited from her father. Her stepmother is rarely there herself, which is just as well, as all she sees in Sam is cheap labor. Fortunately, there’s Sam’s best friend Carter (Dan Byrd) and Nomad, a guy she met online and with whom she has kept up a regular correspondence. He goes to her school as well – and he really wants to meet her. So she suggests that they meet at the school’s Halloween dance. There she learns that Nomad is Austin (Chad Michael Murray), the school’s most popular guy. He, on the other hand, doesn’t learn who Sam is – but she loses her phone and he finds it and tries to find her through it.

Look, a fairy tale retold as a teenage RomCom will very rarely win points for originality, and if a plot that surprises you is what you’re looking for, you should skip this A Cinderella Story widely. But I thought it was a pretty sweet take on a familiar story with some nice touches in the way it modernized the story.

The film poster showing Sam (Hilary Duff) riding piggyback on Austin (Chad Michael Murray).
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A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
Director: Michelle Johnston
Writer: Leigh Dunlap, Michelle Johnston
Cast: Laura Marano, Gregg Sulkin, Isabella Gomez, Johannah Newmarch, Lillian Doucet-Roche, Chanelle Peloso, Barclay Hope, Garfield Wilson
Seen on: 23.12.2019

Plot:
Kat (Laura Marano) lives with her stepmother (Johannah Newmarch) and her stepsisters (Lillian Doucet-Roche, Chanelle Peloso). They treat Kat badly and Kat tries her best to keep her head down until she can get out of there. She works at a Christmas fair as an elf together with her best friend Isla (Isabella Gomez), owned by the Wintergarden family. When a new guy starts working as the Christmas fair Santa, Nick (Gregg Sulkin), he and Kat hit it off. But Kat doesn’t know that Nick is actually Dominic Wintergarden and Nick doesn’t know that he already had a – to her – mortifying encounter with Kat. When Kat’s stepmother starts plotting to get at the Wintergarden fortune, things turn even more complicated for them.

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish is cute, though it will most likely appeal more to actual teens or tweens than adults who also like YA stuff (like me). It didn’t exactly blow me away, but it’s okay.

The film poster showing a young woman (Laura Marano) and a young man (Gregg Sulkin) standing back to back in fancy dress in front of a wall of red roses.
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