I opened Netflix to watch a film recommended by my fellow journalist, Maddie, called A Cinderella Story (2004), to find that I had already watched about an hour of it at some point. I soon realized I had given up on the film due to intense second-hand embarrassment brought on by awkward teenage romance, but I muscled through it for this review.
While the plot had a few noticeable inconsistencies and ridiculously suspenseful scenes, I turned off my overly-critical eyes and found that I enjoyed the movie immensely. My favorite part was Jennifer Coolidge’s performance as Fiona, Hilary Duff’s evil stepmother, because it is not a role I would have associated with her. You may recognize her as Paulette from Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2, who is a far cry from her diva persona in A Cinderella Story. Coolidge played both parts equally well, showing off her versatility as an actor.
If you are going to watch A Cinderella Story, do not go into it for the plot or Jennifer Coolidge alone. Simply enjoy the overanimated characters and the beautiful set and costume design. This movie is a great light-hearted distraction from what is going on in our world today; I hope you decide to check it out while practicing social-distancing.