A Cinderella Story (2004)

Once upon a time... can happen any time.

Blu-ray, 1h 35min
Rating: 5.9
Votes: 82124
Languages: English, German, Czech
Director: Mark Rosman
Writer: Leigh Dunlap


Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Samantha Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school's Halloween dance. - breakdown services 6/11/03

Samantha Montgomery (Hilary Duff) or "Sam", has a rough childhood with her father dying in an earthquake and a new stepmother with two awful daughters. But on the bright side, Sam has an awesome best friend named Carter (Dan Byrd) and an e-mail relationship with a guy named Nomad. One day, Sam gets an e-mail from her Nomad saying that he wants to meet her in the middle of the dance floor at their high school Halloween dance. She accepts the invitation and glides into the room wearing the best outfit ever. Her Nomad takes her outside where they share a romantic dance together and Sam realizes that her e-mail friend is the most popular guy in school, Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray). She runs back to her stepmother's diner before she knows she went to the dance and drops her phone on the way. Austin finds it and starts a search for his Cinderella. - bella yeager

Samantha Montgomery (Hilary Duff), a teenager in California, is obliged to work as a janitor and dishwasher in the diner of her stepmother, Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge). After a cell phone mix-up, Sam begins an anonymous text-messaging and e-mail relationship with a boy. They agree to meet at a school dance, but when Samantha finds out that her secret pen pal is none other than Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray), the cutest boy in school, she panics and looks for a way to make herself cooler. - Dynasti

At eight-years-old, the blonde Samantha Montgomery (Hannah Robinson) lost her father to an earthquake, leaving her to live in an attic, while her stepmother Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge), and stepsisters, Gabriella (Andrea Avery Ray) and Brianna (Madeline Zima) take over her life. With popular kids Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray), Shelby Cummings (Julie Gonzalo), and their crew, then her house family, the only escapes she has are the Diner Staff, her best friend Carter (Dan Byrd), and an on-line buddy, Nomad. They both go to North Valley High and dream of going to Princeton. They have a relationship that goes on through text messages and e-mails. He finally asks her to the Halloween dance, where they meet, and she finds out Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray) is Nomad. Not knowing who his "Cinderella" is, he goes on one of the toughest quests ever, as Samantha's (Hilary Duff's) friends convince her to tell him. He finds out at a more than humiliating pep rally that Cincerella is "Diner Girl". She finally tells off her steps, and she manages to tell off Austin. At the end, they end up dating, going to Princeton, and she finds her dad's will, stating it leaves everything to Samantha. Happy Ever After? Who knows. - Kaylynn

Samantha Montgomery (Hilary Duff) is a tomboy, unpopular at school and struggling at home with a cruel stepmother and two spoiled stepsisters. She's been exchanging texts with someone called Nomad for a few months and he's asked her to meet him at the Halloween dance, on the dancefloor, at 11 p.m. Samantha has a problem, she must be back at her stepmother Fiona's (Jennifer Coolidge's) diner by midnight, which doesn't give her much time at all. Before Nomad can find out who she is, or she him, she has to leave the party with the help of her best friend Carter (Dan Byrd). After the party everything takes a strange turn as she continues to navigate the halls of her high school and the nightmare that is her home life.