Happily Ever After? Further Discussion on the Cinderella Story in Chick Flicks.

We’ve all either seen or are somewhat familiar with the movie “Pretty Woman;” it was Julia Roberts’ first breakout performance as the prostitute with the heart of gold. Roberts’ character, Vivian Ward, had an urban street-smart shell that eventually falls off to reveal a softer, more refined character.

We see the same story line happen in “The Princess Diaries” as well, although this one is intended for younger audiences. The character Mia is an unfortunate looking and socially awkward teen who is rescued from her seemingly pathetic existence by her rich grandmother and transformed into a striking beauty who, by the end of the movie, manages to land the guy and realize that she likes herself for who she is.

Am I the only one who finds it rather ironic that she finds all this out only after she gets rid of her unibrow and her knobby knee socks are replaced with nylons? This transformation is the quintessential Cinderella story: the princess is rescued from the tragedies of poverty and whisked away to riches and fame to live, well… happily ever after.

While we all toil away at our 9-5 jobs day in and day out, we can’t help but be completely enraptured by this idea of complete transformation and rehabilitation, so much so that we can only assume (if rather naively) this transformation and rescue leads to happiness. This may be why movies like “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries” are still making money in the box offices. When the daily grind gets too tedious, we all wish Prince Charming would come rescue us, but if he’s too busy, like the rest of us, maybe a movie is the next best thing to actually living happily ever after.

1 thought on “Happily Ever After? Further Discussion on the Cinderella Story in Chick Flicks.”

  1. I definitely agree with your post. We are subconsciously obsessing with acceptance, that we forget who we really are innately. I feel that we will never be happy (or accept our “true image) until we achieve that ultimate make-over. In your Princess Diaries’ example, Mia is admired by everybody only right after her physical change. Same goes in our society. We usually never accept that awkward girl into our clique until she assimilate herself to our expectation.

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