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A Cinderella Story

children & family, comedy, romance


Meet high school student Sam (Hilary Duff), who scrubs floors at a diner, copes with her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and all the while dreams of Princeton (the perfect spot for a would-be princess to find a prince).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    11%
  • Audience Score
    53%

common sense

ON for kids age 7
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Funny and sweet update of the Cinderella tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this story is set in motion when an earthquake kills the young heroine's father. The filmmakers keep it short, simple, and, off-camera except for some shaking in the little girl's bedroom. Though exaggerated, outlandish, and meant to be funny, Sam's evil stepmother and stepsisters are mean and insulting to her -- some very young or sensitive kids could be disturbed by their behavior. Cartoonish action includes lots of clumsy falls, a careening car, and some stepsister brawls. There's a bit of mild profanity ("hell," "damn," "fart," "butt"), some sexual innuendo, along with some low-cut stepmother and stepsister outfits, and a few big-breast and breast-implant jokes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what made it possible for Sam to hold on to her dreams and her self-respect despite Fiona's efforts to destroy them both.
  • What was it about Sam that made her stepmother and stepsisters feel so threatened?
  • How does this movie compare with the fairy-tale Cinderella story? Or with other princess movies?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Duff is cute and chirpy; Murray is cute and bland, and the stepsisters squabble a lot. Ho-hum.

- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, Friday, July 16, 2004

Rotten: The result is pure pumpkin, though fans of squeaky-clean, helium-voiced Hilary Duff might fall under its sickly sweet spell.

- Neil Smith, BBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Modern movie of "Cinderella". I enjoyed the whole movie.

- 3niR, Thursday, January 28, 2010

2 stars

hilary duff was always adorable enough to make bad teen flicks feel average.

- sanjurosamurai, Monday, November 30, 2009

5 stars

I actually enjoyed this movie

- dukeakasmudge, Sunday, October 25, 2009