What the world has been waiting for: a new, up-to-the-minute version of the ever-popular rags-to-riches fantasy. All right, perhaps the world wasn't
waiting. But this fluffy fairy tale gives teen queen Hilary Duff — ruler of the preteen audience by virtue of her pop songs, clothing line and accessories a chance to exercise the highly marketable adorableness that captivates her core fanbase. They'll be entertained, but viewers outside her demographic will find only the occasional shining moment in this generic picture. As a young girl, Sam (Hannah Robinson) loved two things: fairy tales and her father, diner owner Hal (Whip Hubley). He advises that if Sa...