''A Cinderella Story'' is a 2004 retelling of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" starring HilaryDuff.

Sam Montgomery is the downtrodden "Diner Girl", a teen girl who's been forced to waitress at her cruel stepmother's diner ever since her father died. The only thing she has is the hope of getting out of the house and going to Princeton. Another person is planning on going to Princeton, a young man that she met at a chatroom who goes to the same school as her. She's fallen in love with him, and they plan to reveal their identities to each other at the Halloween dance. It turns out her Internet beau was the captain of the football team. How will Austin react to the girl of his dreams being a dorky waitress?

SpiritualPredecessor to ''Film/AnotherCinderellaStory'' and, subsequently, ''Film/ACinderellaStoryOnceUponASong''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO_RAV-G-aI There is also a Bollywood remake.]]
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!!This film provides examples of:
* AlphaBitch: Shelby.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Sam.
* AndADietCoke: In one scene at the diner.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight with Sam and her stepsisters. [[BeautyIsBad Subverted with Shelby and her lackeys, who are as ugly on the inside as they are pretty on the outside.]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Fiona and her daughters; Shelby and her two lackeys
* BrokenAesop: Any moral the movie is trying to make by having Austin choose Sam in the end (such as looking past wealth and status to love someone for who they really are) is broken by the fact that Sam chooses Austin. Aside from being cute and rich, he has few redeeming qualities. He starts out the movie cheating on his girlfriend with an innocent girl, stalks his "Princeton-Girl" throughout, and wants nothing to do with Sam when he learns she is a waitress. Sam still chooses him over Terry or Carter, who actually like her for who she is.
** Another one of the movie's morals is that if you are in an abusive family situation, all you need to do is stick up for yourself and everything will get better. Not only is that full of horrible, horrible UnfortunateImplications, if it was not for the fact that Rhonda was willing to adopt her, Sam would have just made things worse for herself by telling her stepfamily off in the end.
** There are comments scattered throughout the movie that look down on women who diet. It's as if the people who made it are saying, "You should look as good as Hillary Duff, but god help you if you get there by dieting!" There was also an early scene in the diner where one of Austin's friends makes fun of one of Shelby's friends for ''having an eating disorder.''
* ChekhovsGunman: Astrid, the morning announcement girl with the multicolored hair. [[spoiler: She becomes Carter's girlfriend in the end.]]
* ChekhovsGun: When Sam's father died, she stated her stepmother inherited everything because he left no will. Then, in the end, [[spoiler:it's revealed he ''did'' leave a will]].
* CinderellaCircumstances
* CoolLoser: Sam. The pep-rally scene makes it clear the entire school (except Carter) hates her...for no reason in particular. In case you thought they were only screaming "Diner Girl" at Sam during the pep-rally because they were innocently going along with the skit, there is a follow-up scene with people pointing and laughing at Sam, while she is crying.
** People can be heard cheering for Sam and Austin during their first kiss, so they might just be fickle.
* DanceOfRomance
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Sam's father was a virtual saint.
* DisappearedDad: Sam's dad died in an earthquake.
* {{Expy}}: In-universe, Shelby is practically a younger version of Fiona.
* FallenPrincess: Sam.
* GirlPosse: Shelby has one. Her main two lackeys, Madison and Caitlin, as well the rest of the cheerleading squad.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Averted. [[spoiler: Fiona and her daughters are forced to pay back Sam all the money they stole from her, including the money she earned for them.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Fiona, the stepsisters, Shelby and her squad...
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* {{Joisey}}: Inverted. Sam's happy ending is escaping Los Angeles to Princeton.
* KarmaHoudini: Shelby and her lackeys are never punished for the pep-rally, despite the fact that it is performed in front of the faculty. While she receives some LaserGuidedKarma in the end, it has nothing to do with the rally whatsoever.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Fiona and her daughters are put to work in the diner to pay back the money they stole from Sam. It is safe to say they are stuck there for the rest of their lives.]]
** A bit more subtle example; [[spoiler: After publicly humiliating Sam, Shelby later gets rejected by two different boys in front of large crowds of people. The fact that she is trying to mooch off of Carter implies that she and her friends lost their social standing.]]
* LostWillAndTestament: Sam's stepmother had initially gotten everything that belonged to Sam's father because he didn't make a will stating otherwise [[spoiler:but it was eventually revealed he ''did'' leave a will and Fiona knew about it. To avoid prison time for this, she agreed to perform "community services" at the diner]].
* MamaBear: Rhonda to Sam. Sam's the only reason Rhonda stayed at the diner all those years.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Sam is portrayed as justified in thinking her friend, Terry, is not good enough for her because he is a nerd. Shelby doing the same to Carter, and Austin doing the same to Sam herself are both portrayed as being snobby and unfair. You honestly think "Diner Girl" would not have such high standards.
* RedemptionInTheRain
* SassyBlackWoman: Rhonda.
* SheCleansUpNicely
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Not intentionally though. For the first part of the movie neither knew the other outside of their screen names.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Sam and the stepsisters; Sam and Shelby.
* TooDumbToLive: The ugly stepsisters.
** They obviously got it from Fiona. "Norwegia"?
* TookALevelInJerkass: We don't actually see Fiona acting like the jerk she is until after Sam's father dies.
** There is a hint of it in the wedding scene, when Fiona excluded Sam from the wedding photo.
* YankTheDogsChain: Oh so much to make you feel dead inside at the end, but especially the pep-rally scene.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Sam has to be back at the diner.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Austin's dad wants him to go a different college and make a career as a football player, assuming it's his son's "dream". After finally getting together with Sam, Austin sets his dad straight and tells him he plans on going to Princeton. This turns into a subversion as Austin's dad decides to support his decision.
* WickedStepmother
* WitchWithACapitalB: Fiona
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!!This Bollywood remake provides specific examples of:
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: Aashiqui.in (Essentially, "Love.com") This is not because Indian audiences would not recognize Cinderella, since April even uses that as her username and goes to the ball in a Cinderella costume.
* CulturalTranslation: Among other things, Cyrus (Austin) is a swimmer instead of a footballer. Sonia (Shelby) is a dancer instead of a cheerleader. The action takes place at a college instead of a high school. April (Sam) tries to win a scholarship (so she can afford to leave home), which replaces the original Princeton subplot. Instead of a pep rally, Sonia merely stages a party at the restaurant April works where she exposes April as Cinderella.
** There is also a subplot of April being looked down upon for having dark skin.
** Bizarrely, many references to American media is replaced...with different American media. Raj (Carter) goes as TheMask instead of Zorro.
* GratuitousEnglish: Almost half of the dialogue is in English, especially lines from the original movie.
* KarmaHoudini: April (Sam's counterpart) never reclaims the restaurant from her stepmother (though we can assume that she legally inherited it) or learns that she lied about the scholarship.
** Similarly, the popular kids never get punished for their behavior, [[spoiler: though it is implied that Sonia repents for her actions.]]
* PlayingCyrano: One of April's stepsisters forces to create an email identity (Cinderella) that she was supposed to make for a writing project, and this is how she meets Cyrus.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mona lies to April about winning the scholarship, knowing that she would use the money to leave home. This is never resolved.
** Unlike Shelby in the first movie, Sonia seems to repent her cruelty, and wishes Cyrus well when he goes after April. Whether or not she patches things up with Raj is never resolved, especially since Astrid's counterpart already has a boyfriend.