Directed by Mark Rosman, starring Hilary Duff, Jennifer Coolidge, Chad Michael Murray and Regina King.
In this updated version of the Cinderella fairytale, orphan Sam Montgomery (Duff) is left under the care of her stepmother Fiona (Coolidge). She is treated like a servant and is at the beck and call of Fiona and her daughters. Sam endures the appalling existence, which includes working in Fiona's diner, to earn enough money to achieve her dream of attending Princeton University.
Sam's life takes a turn for the better when she begins a virtual friendship with a mystery boy from her school on an Internet chat room. When the two decide to meet at the Halloween dance Sam attends in disguise and is astonished when she discovers that her online companion is the most popular boy in school, Austin Ames (Murray), the high school quarterback.
After a dance with Austin she is terrified of his reaction to her true identity. She runs away - but leaves her phone behind. Austin picks it up and thus begins the search for Sam.
Despite being an update of a fairytale, 'A Cinderella Story' is void of any magical qualities and, at times, is quite dull. In this version the stepmother and stepsisters are foolish rather than evil and, despite providing some comedic scenes, they become an annoyance by the end of the film.
Diner manager Rhonda (King), Sam's fairy godmother, is one of the few characters given an excellent update. She delivers some witty insults but still manages to maintain compassion for Cinderella. Although she can't make a carriage out of a pumpkin, this fairy is certainly not a woman to be messed with.
'A Cinderella Story' is a sweet but predictable teenage film.