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Sam Montgomery (Hilary Duff) lived a semi-fairytale life with her
widowed father Hal (Whip Hubley) when she was 8 years old in a suburb
in California. Later, her father opened up a diner named after him and
fell in love with a woman named Fiona (Jennifer Coolidge) whom he
later marries. One day, a falling support beam kills her father in the
1994 Northridge earthquake and leaves her with her
plastic-surgery/salmon-obsessed stepmother and her two cruel
stepsisters Brianna (Madeline Zima) and Gabriella (Andrea Avery).
Eight years later, Sam is a straight-A student enduring her uncaring
stepmother's wrath, who turned her father's cafe into a hot-pink hot
spot and forces her to work as a diner girl. In addition to her
family, Sam must deal with the popular girls at school, particularly
the head cheerleader, led by Shelby Cummings (Julie Gonzalo). Sam
confides in her best friend Carter (Dan Byrd) and her cyberspace pen
pal, who wants to attend Princeton University with her. What she
doesn't know is that her secret admirer turns out to be Austin Ames
(Chad Michael Murray), the quarterback of the football team and the
most popular student at school who is dating Shelby, who is obsessed
with being popular.

As they text each other back and forth, Austin invites Sam to the
Halloween Dance so they can meet face to face. Austin dumps Shelby a
few hours before the dance. At the same time, Fiona forces Sam to work
late at the diner that night until midnight. Rhonda (Regina King),
Sam's mentor and friend at the diner, and Carter help Sam get to the
dance, masquerading as Cinderella in a mask and Rhonda's wedding
dress. She meets Austin in the middle of the dance floor and is at
first put off by the fact that her pen pal is Austin Ames himself. He
soon wins her over, and they move outside together. As they dance
outside in a gazebo, they play 'Ten Questions' with Sam never
revealing her identity. Meanwhile, Carter, disguised as Zorro, saves
Shelby from David (Brad Bufanda), one of Austin's friends, from making
a move on her.

Right before Austin is about to take off Sam's mask, her cell phone
alarm goes off 15 minutes before midnight, warning her to run back to
the diner before she's caught. She leaves Austin before he can figure
out who she is. Austin and Sam are chosen as the Homecoming Prince and
Princess, but apparently Cinderella is playing hard to get. Sam
manages to find Carter, and they flee from the dance. On the way out,
Sam accidentally drops her cell phone (which fills the role of the
glass slipper). Austin, who has been following her, picks it up,
determined to find out who she is.

Sam goes to school the next day to find Austin performing a
school-wide search for his Cinderella. Sam is still feeling
uncomfortable about revealing herself to Austin, who in turn is still
searching obsessively. Sam tells Carter that if he tells Shelby he was
her Zorro, she'll reveal herself to Austin. Carter agrees but after he
tells Shelby, she rejects him. One afternoon, Sam's stepsisters find
her emails while snooping around on her computer. After unsuccessfully
trying to pass themselves off as Cinderella to Austin, they end up
showing the emails to Shelby and her friends. The stepsisters make her
believe Sam stole Austin on purpose, so Shelby puts together a cruel
skit to perform at a football pep rally in order to humiliate Sam. The
skit is performed in front of the whole school, as well as Austin's
father who is present at the pep rally and has been pressuring Austin
to attend college to play football at USC, his alma mater. Austin has
never told his father he really wants to attend Princeton.

Hurt and humiliated, Sam goes back home and Fiona brings her a letter
from Princeton saying that she was rejected. This is, in actuality, a
fake letter as Fiona and the stepsisters threw out the real acceptance
letter from Princeton, most likely so she wouldn't leave the diner.
The next day at the diner, Brianna and Gabriella slam the door so a
guitar with a photo of Elvis falls down (which they blame on Sam),
ripping off the wallpaper and exposing a quote: "Never let the fear of
striking out keep you from playing the game". Sam reads this aloud and
decides she has had enough of her step-family and their abusive
treatment. She quits working at the diner, tells Fiona that Fiona is
through messing with her, and moves in with Rhonda, who, along with
every other employee, also resigns. Because of this, all the customers
leave early. The night of the big football game, Sam storms into the
boys' locker room and confronts Austin, saying that she's fed up with
his two different identities, one to her and one to his friends,
"Waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought, useless and
disappointing." Carter meets up with her at the school, and invites
Sam to attend the football game with him. During a break in the game,
Shelby confidently tells her fellow cheerleaders that she and Austin
will soon be back together. In the last few moments of the game, while
the team is huddled up before their next play, Austin sees Sam leaving
and abandons the game. As he is running off the field, his father
grabs him and asks him what he is doing, throwing away his dream like
that, to which Austin replies that he is, in fact, throwing away his
father's dream. He makes up with Sam and kisses her in public, and
everyone starts clapping for them, much to the consternation of Shelby
and the stepsisters. At the very same time it starts raining. Also the
Fighting Frogs win the game even without Austin playing.

In the final scene of the movie, Sam finds her father's will hidden by
Fiona. The will states that everything belongs to Sam. Sam uses this
to sell Fiona's cars to pay for tuition, and after making a deal with
the D.A., Fiona and the stepsisters work at her diner to pay her debt
to soceity, under the watch of her new partner, Rhonda. Carter goes on
to film a commercial and finally gets the girl, although the girl is
not Shelby (who starts to flirt with him), but a cute pink haired punk
girl who worked as a DJ and RJ in the college. Austin's father too
comes around and accepts his son wanting to go to Princeton. Sam and
Austin continue dating and both go to Princeton together.


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