Based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name, the former follows a teenager (Hathaway) who discovers that she is the heir to the throne of the fictional Kingdom of Genovia.
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Spall is amusing —even though he is robbed of many of his funniest lines in order for the film to focus on the central romance —and steals every scene he’s in, even his climactic one with Dexter, the man he has grown to hate because Emma always loved Dexter more than him.
It’s not so much that she can’t do a Yorkshire accent, though it comes and goes from scene to scene; but the effort of maintaining an English accent of any kind utterly destroys her performance, much as it did her dire attempt to impersonate Jane Austen in Becoming Jane.
That year, she also played Fantine, a prostitute dying of tuberculosis, in the musical romantic drama Les Misérables, for which she earned multiple accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She altogether lacks any sexual chemistry with Dexter, and because the script almost entirely airbrushes out her Left-wing politics and self-destructive tendencies with men —her relationship with a married one has disappeared altogether — she comes across as bland and not particularly interesting.