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(2004), G
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 10, 2004
98 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), G -- Even the kisses seen were gentle, warm and humble closed mouth kisses.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): BrownHouse Productions, Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista International, Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Garry Marshall
Producer(s): Debra Martin Chase, Tom Hines, Whitney Houston, Mario Iscovich, David Scharf, Ellen H. Schwartz
Characters: Meg Cabot
Story: Gina Wendkos, Shonda Rhimes
Screenplay: Shonda Rhimes
Cinematography/Camera: Charles Minsky
Music: John Debney
Costumes: Gary Jones
Production Design: Albert Brenner
Viewed at: Driftwood Theater 6
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

With a noble final score of 98 (actually 98.46) out of 100, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement solidly earns its regal place near the top end of the scoring range earned by G-rated movies (100 to 87 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. The only morality issues (by God's Word) noted were a lie told at the princess's order to do so [Prov. 19:5], a strong presence of underhandedness in sabotage for personal gain [Hab. 2:9] and one other -- a single inference of sexual immorality. As the princess examined photos of eligible bachelors, one candidate was disqualified because he was already romantically involved - he had a boyfriend. [Jude 1:7] It's a Disney film, folks.

For five years Amelia "Mia" Mionette Thermopolis Renaldi (Anne Hathaway), future queen of Genovia, has lived the idyllic life of opulence and pamper, readying herself for taking over the crown as queen of Genovia. Mia, now a college graduate and about to turn 21 years old, found she must marry within 30 days or loose the crown, so sayeth the Parliament of Genovia.

Guided by the matronly wisdom of her regent grandmother and current queen of Genovia, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews), Mia finds the choices of her soon-to-be husband rather slim. Viscount Mabrey (John Rhys-Davies, about an hundred pounds lighter) is pushing for his nephew, Lord Nicholas Devereaux (Chris Pine) to be Mia's new husband so Mabrey can take control of Genovia through his nephew. Another suitor appears to be the likely candidate for King of Genovia, the proper and noble Duke Andrew Jacoby (Callum Blue). While Andrew is the most acceptable in character with many noble achievements and a Ph. D., Lord Nicholas may be the most desirable. Whom will it be? Noble Andrew or conniving Nicholas? Nobody?

There is not one issue of foul language in this film. Not one use of God's name in vain. Not one murder and not even one attempted murder. The only issue of Wanton Violence/Crime was the issue of Mabrey's attempts to sabotage the marriage. There were no instances of children screaming obscenities at parents. No drugs or alcohol were noted. While there was drink at some ceremonies it could have been apple cider for all we can know. There were no alcoholic beverage bottles to be seen and there were no bubbles in the drink. Even the kisses seen were gentle, warm and humble closed mouth kisses.

I'll not spoil any more of the story in case you decide the film is fit for your family. Feel free to look over the listing in the Findings/Scoring section if you wish but I've already told you its content. Just for your information, below is a comparative of the two Princess Diaries films.

Noting a few of the traditional reviews of this film on the web, I noticed that almost every one of them belittled and degraded this G-rated film and the likewise G-rated Princess Diaries of 2001. I've also noticed that almost all the films that win awards are rated R. That says something. It says what I have been saying for years: we have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. Everyone seems to expect harsh and bold assaults on morality and decency. Even God warned us about such sliding morals in Psalm 12:8.

PS: Two of the scenes in the trailer/commercial were not noted in the cut I saw: the 12 year old boy dancing with Mia with his head between Mia's breasts and her sitting in Parliament in a chair in a short skirt with the camera focused on her legs and with her foot pushing a button and the chair lowering into the floor.


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  • Prov. 19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
  • Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire [if unforgiven]. ["Flesh" is sarx: the sensuous nature of man. "Going after strange flesh" when applied to Sodom and Gomorrha is the practice (the "going after") of homosexuality (of "strange flesh") and other non-heterosexual practices.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • attempts to sabotage

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • social lie

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • reference to homosexuality

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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