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.
User Reviews: Although A Cinderella Story is your typical "chick flick", it was not nearly as bad as it may seem. Hilary Duff makes a good attempt at acting. Although she is always portrayed as the victim of society, it is pretty much reality for a lot of teenagers today. The snotty cheerleader, the football team captain, and of course the evil stepmother and stepsisters, seem quite far from reality. However the movie is not completely far-fetched as one would think, every high school has the snotty cheerleader, the football captain, etc. no matter what part of the country you go to. Jennifer Coolidge was a great choice for the evil stepmother; she played the part really well, making the plot of the movie somewhat believable.