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Cinematronic by Michael Snyder
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  Her Majesty cinematronic
  director

Mark J. Gordon

cast

Sally Andrews, Anna Sheridan, Mark Clare, Alison Routledge, Vicky Haughton, Cameron Smith, Geoff Snell, Craig Elliott

year

2001

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  Message-driven family films can be on the embarrassing or preachy side, and "Her Majesty" comes close to going overboard in both departments. In the early 1950s, the coronation of young Queen Elizabeth II was a big deal throughout a British Empire on the wane, even in a small town such as Middleton, New Zealand. Which is why teenager Elizabeth Wakefield (Sally Andrews), the bubbly heroine of "Her Majesty," isn't totally implausible or bizarre. Besides her delight in sharing a name, hyper-enthusiastic Elizabeth is so obsessed with her newly installed Queen that she maintains a bedroom shrine to the monarch. The Wakefield family's reaction to Elizabeth's fixation on royalty ranges from her parents' tolerance to her older brother's smirking disdain. Then, all of the citizens of Middleton get excited when Elizabeth II plans a trip to New Zealand, and her itinerary includes a visit to their sleepy little hamlet. This is when things really get sticky. A cadre of upper-crusty Middleton ladies decide that something must be done to eliminate an old Maori woman's rundown house which would reflect badly on the rest of the town during the Queen's tour. Although local kids fear that the native crone (Vicky Haughton) is a witch, the guileless, compassionate Elizabeth learns otherwise. The plot machinations and plea for tolerance are heavy-handed, but the film so good-natured and free of malice that it could be forgiven.  
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