Genre Grandeur – A Cinderella Story (2004) – Life of This City Girl

high-school-romanceFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – High School/Teen Romance Movies, here’s a review of A Cinderella Story by Natasha of Life of This City Girl

Thanks again to Kim of Tranquil Dreams for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Reut of Sweet Archive.  We will be reviewing our favorite dark comedies. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of July by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Reut!

Let’s see what Natasha thought of this movie:



Genre Grandeur: A Cinderella Story (2004)


Cinderella movie poster


Wow, it has been ages and ages and ages since I’ve taken part in Rob’s GG! I am using the ever popular excuse that life has been super mad and I’ve barely had the time to post on my own blog or catch up on my favorite ones – sorry guys!


Well, I’m hopefully back on track to be a completely active member of society and keep all my commitments happening, and what better than taking part in this beloved blogathon?


Plot: Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Sam Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school’s Halloween dance.


I watched this movie the first time as a teenager. It is a great teen romance film and although a vague adaption of the original story, it holds true as a sweet movie about a girl down on her luck finding someone amazing to share her young years with.


A Cinderella Story is your typical high school romance movie – it is so obvious where the movie plans to go, the characters are stereotyped as hell, the dialogue is not noteworthy and no mentionable plotline exist. Yet, despite these obvious things, I really do love this movie.


cinderella 1


Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray WERE the teens of the 2000’s. I admired them both and happily imagined my marriage to CMM many many times. CMM plays Austin Ames, highschool jock who wants something more – in other words, he plays this as all his other characters – popular rich kid yearning for a more meaningful existence. He was so cute though! #teenagecrush


Hilary Duff was and is such a great role model if you are insistent to find one in Hollywood. I think she’s done the whole transitioning from a young star to an older one with much more grace than the others have managed (I’m looking at you, Cyrus). In Cinderella Story she plays Sam Montgomery, an orphan who has a faintly hilariously wicked stepmom, played by Jennifer Coolidge, and two wicked stepsisters Brianna (Madeline Zima) and Gabriella (Andrea Avery). Many comedic moments are from Jennifer Coolidge, a woman I find hilarious. I liked Hilary’s role, although it isn’t the most intense or groundbreaking, it is perfect for a teen movie that doesn’t want to do anything but provide a good time to its target audience.


The story is not that amazing and it has your basic formula, but that is not what matters here. The reason we think fondly of movies we saw as teens aren’t always because it is a powerful story of the human nature or a cinematic masterpiece, but something sweet and wonderful and linked to our teenage feelings. Well, it is for me in any way J

4 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – A Cinderella Story (2004) – Life of This City Girl

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