Marshall's sharpest notes come from these sly references, including naming a secondary character "Puttanesca" (which is the Italian word for Julia Roberts's "Pretty Woman" profession). And Mia's loudmouthed best friend ("Scream 3's" Heather Matarazzo) has her own cable talk show called--gotta love it--"Shut Up and Listen."
But the other 97 percent of the movie is ham-handed and by-the-numbers. Once Mia's true identity is publicized, she's suddenly--surprise--courted by her school's popular crowd (which includes teen Britney-bot Mandy Moore as a nasty cheerleader). And she--surprise--takes some of the starch out of her regal granny during a montage of incognito city fun (that can't help but draw fog-shrouded comparisons to Audrey Hepburn's back-of-a-Vespa romp in "Roman Holiday"). Andrews cruises along just fine being Andrews, but Hathaway is no Audrey or Julia. She's lovely to behold but, in the hands of Garry "Slappy" Marshall, she's chirpy and overanimated. Lady-in-waiting, perhaps, but not princess material. Starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway. Directed by Garry Marshall. Written by Gina Wendkos. Produced by Debra Martin Chase, Whitney Houston and Mario Iscovich. A Buena Vista release. Comedy. Rated G. Running time: 119 min