A Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff as the over-worked and ill-treated teen, is an updated 'tween version of the fairy tale, only for those who have strong teeth that won't melt from the sugar.
I just voted at www.imdb.org (I gave it a 2 out of 10) and saw that viewers either loved it or hated it. Roughly 25% have it a 10 (excellent) and 25% gave it a 1 (awful) and all other votes scattered in between. It must have hit it's target market: girls loved it and parents - or a huge number of critics - hated it. After all, with Chad Michael Murray as Prince Charming and Jennifer Coolidge (remember, she was Paulette in Legally Bond) it had some entertainment value. To me it was just a showcase for Miss Duff. I enjoyed Drew Barrymore's Ever After: A True Cinderella Story much more, not least of which was the presence of Anjelica Huston as the evil step-mother.