banal - adjective
Drearily commonplace, hackneyed, trite, lacking in originality.
If you killed off Lizzie McGuire's entire family and sent her to live with an evil stepmother and two stepsisters in the Valley, you'd have the basic setup for "A Cinderella Story," the banal, contemporary update of the popular fairy tale that stars Hilary Duff, best known as the Disney Channel poster girl.
—Kevin Crust Film Review of A Cinderella Story (2004) Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2004
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