21 "The Princess Diaries" Moments, Ranked In Order Of How Hard They Made Me Laugh, In Honor Of The Film Turning 21 Years Old

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This may come as a complete shock because time seems unreal, but the iconic '00s classic The Princess Diaries turned 21 years old today, July 29!

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I was 6 years old when this movie premiered, and my brain can't fully process that!!

The story follows Mia Thermopolis, a 15-year-old girl from San Francisco whose world gets flipped upside down after her estranged grandmother comes into town and informs her that she's a real-life princess who needs to ascend to the throne of Genovia.

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Of course, in classic 2000s teen comedy fashion, many hilarious shenanigans then ensue after this revelation. So, to honor this legendary film, I ranked the top funniest moments that I still quote to this day. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

21.When Mia awkwardly dropped the priceless jewelry box Clarisse gifted her:

Clarisse Renaldi hands  Mia Thermopolis a crystal jewelry box before Mia drops it on the ground

I mean, who among us hasn't dropped and almost destroyed a centuries-old family heirloom?

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20.When Mia played with her eyebrows in front of her mirror as she put off getting ready for school:

A closeup of Mia as she arches her eyebrows

I used to, and still do, wish I had eyebrows this magnificent.

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19.When Mia tried to angrily close the door on her mother and grandmother, but it didn't have the desired effect because the "door" was a trapdoor on the ceiling:

Mia closes the door to her attic as her mother stands on the platform below her

You're absolutely lying if you say that you didn't want to live in a firehouse after seeing this movie.

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18.When Clarisse expertly got herself and Mia out of legal trouble by pretending to knight the driver of the trolley they hit with their car and the cop who was about to take them downtown:

Clarisse Renaldi stands in front of a trolley driver and a cop as they kneel before her

We love a queen who uses her power for evil sometimes.

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17.When Mia hit Josh in the groin with a softball in an act of revenge after he continued to mock her just days after humiliating her on national television:

A closeup of Josh Bryant as he laughs, a closeup of Mia as she holds a softball bat, and a closeup of Josh holding his groin

Honestly, he deserved to be hit with a softball every day of his life!! He ASSAULTED Mia! He's lucky he's not in JAIL!

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16.When vice principal Gupta tried (see: failed) to be cool after getting word that Clarisse was on her way to her office:

A closeup of Geraldine Gupta on a landline phone and a closeup of Gupta as she addresses someone off screen

Totally chill and cool. You totally can't see the sheer panic in her eyes.

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15.When Mia's first dinner party with dignitaries and members of parliament included setting someone's arm on fire, accidentally burning her mouth on a frozen palate cleanser, and breaking a crystal glass:

Mia sets a man's arm on fire at a dinner table, takes a huge bite of a frozen palette cleanser, raises her eyebrows in discomfort, and holds a butter knife up to a crystal glass that's broken

After seeing how awkward Mia was up to this point, those royals are lucky to not have lost a full body part.

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14.When Joe tried to instruct Mia in the art of dance and she paid him back with an elbow to the stomach:

Joe spins Mia across the room before she accidentally elbows him in the stomach

This is why when someone tells you they have two left feet, believe them!!

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13.When Clarisse was trying to lead princess lessons, but Mia wasn't taking it seriously at all:

Clarisse Renaldi walks with hunched shoulders, Mia Thermopolis prances across a room, Mia makes funny faces behind Clarisse's back, and Mia falls off a chair while sitting next to Clarisse

The amount of times I quote the "shlump" line is unreal. This scene was pure comedy gold.

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12.When Mia drove her barely working car uphill in San Francisco and made this iconic face as she and Clarisse rolled backward into traffic:

Mia tries to drive her car up a steep hill but fails, followed by a closeup of Mia screaming as she looks backward

I think we can all agree that we made this exact face when learning to drive.

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11.When Mia broke the finger off a statue in her grandmother's foyer and tried to get rid of the evidence inconspicuously:

Mia breaks a finger off a marble statute before trying to hide it in its mouth

I mean, putting it in the statute's mouth was certainly a choice...

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10.When Michael played the keyboard with M&M's scattered all over it, which is both unsanitary and not conducive to playing music:

Michael Moscovitz plays a keyboard covered in M&M's

Just imagine how sticky his hands are after every set. Barf!

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9.When Mia hit her gym teacher in the head with a softball during the most iconic throw of all time:

Mia throws a softball at her gym teacher's head, followed by a closeup of Mia looking shocked

This scene made me terrified to play softball in gym because I, too, can't throw a ball straight to save my life.

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8.When Mia continuously ran across the grass at the consulate at which her grandmother resided, despite the numerous warnings, in multiple languages, to not do so:

Mia runs across a lawn as someone tells her to get off the grass in multiple languages

They were even nice enough to tell her in several different ways not to do it! How rude!

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7.When Clarisse revealed that Mia was a princess and she took it extremely well:

Clarisse telling Mia her full real name and that she's a princess, and Mia saying "Me? A princess? Shut up!"

An absolute banger of a line that still sets the world on fire to this day.

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6.When a classmate didn't see Mia sitting on a bench and tried to use her as a seat:

A male teenager tries to sit on Mia


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5.When Clarisse misinterpreted Mia's invitation to see the vintage car she was waiting to purchase:

Mia saying "I wanna show you my baby," and Clarisse looking shocked and appalled

Julie Andrews' expression here? Priceless.

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4.When Lilly tried to catch up to Mia and Michael as they made their way to school, and she hilariously dissed two other classmates:

Michael and Mia walk side by side to school as Lilly tries to catch up to them while saying "Wait up! Wait for me! Not you, I don't even know you"

I mean, in Lilly's defense, why would you stop and wait for someone you don't even know? LOL!

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3.When Paolo tried to untangle Mia's thick, frizzy hair, and it resulted in a brush becoming collateral damage:

Paolo says "You have thick hair, like a wolf" while running a brush through her hair, and the head of the brush breaks off

As someone with curly hair, this scene always hits a little too close to home.

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2.When Mia tried to give Joe a nickname and he shut it down immediately:

Joe giving his name, Mia calling him Joey, Joe pretending to laugh, then getting very serious and saying "No, Joe"

Joe: driver, security guard, and comedian.

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1.And finally, when Mia slipped and fell on the rainy bleachers but took the pain in stride:

Mia slips and falls on metal bleachers

Fun fact about this scene: Anne Hathaway really did fall during this take. The film's director, Garry Marshall, thought it was "charming" so he decided to keep it, and Anne's genuine reaction, in the final cut. This cute moment is one of the reasons this movie still endears people to this day: it's real, honest, and hilarious.

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Do you have any other moments from The Princess Diaries that always make you chuckle? Let me know in the comments!