• Movie Filter - Ella Enchanted - Date: 8/24/2004
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    Content Warnings:

    General Themes and Other Content:
    Some Suggestive Dialogue,
    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Action,
    Alcohol Consumption,
    Intense Thematic Elements,
    Murder Topic
  • Starring
    Anne Hathaway
    Hugh Dancy
    Cary Elwes
    Aidan McArdle
    Joanna Lumley
    Lucy Punch
    Jennifer Higham
    Minnie Driver
    Eric Idle
    Steve Coogan

  • Ella Enchanted

    A Fairytale For the Young And Old!

    Ask any parent if giving the gift of obedience to their children would be a wise decision and I’ll bet 99.9% of those parents would scream, “YES!!” and/or “HALLELUJAH!!” But ask Ella of Ferill (Anne Hathaway) and she’ll tell you that the gift of obedience is more of a curse than anything. A gift given to her by her Fairy God Mother, Ella has lived her life in constant demand, by her stepmother and stepsisters, but also by unknowing friends and family. Ella begrudgingly lives with the “gift” until one day she meets Prince Char who is handsome and charming and totally ignorant to his evil Uncle’s plan to take over the Kingdom and have him killed. Hmm, now to find someone who would have to kill Prince Char if she were specifically asked to do so. Will Ella rise above the curse of obedience and spare the life of her one and only true love?

    First of all, I can’t believe we haven’t reviewed this fun and witty little doo-hickey for you all! Secondly, I can’t believe I haven’t seen this fun and witty little doo-hickey! It’s SO cute! Of course I’m a huge fan of the story of Cinderella, in all of its shapes and forms (although if I had to rate them, Ever After would be my #1 favorite version). Part of the fun”ness” of Ella Enchanted is that it’s set in the sixteenth century costumes and scenery, but the dialogue and attitude is modern day. So don’t be surprised when you see things like a staircase that moves up and down like an escalator. Or a carriage that is painted bright yellow like a taxicab but is being pulled by horses. I watched this film with my parents in the room and my husband and not only did all of us chuckle quite a few times but we all really liked it, PLUS, there weren’t any parts that I was thinking, “Oh man, this is awkward, why did they have to put that in the movie…” So despite IMDB’s mid-range rating of 6, I’d give Ella Enchanted a score that rates more around 9! Watch it to see if you agree!

    Motherly Advice: I actually watched Ella Enchanted with my filters set on the lowest settings and I honestly don’t know what was cleared out. Which is why I am delighted to review a movie that I can say would be appropriate for all ages! Of course since it’s a princess fairytale, your girls ages 10+ would be the most interested but hey, if my 60+ father can watch it and think it’s cute then I think it’s OK for anyone and everyone! I will say one surprising scene was that of Ella’s costume during the very last scene, it was extremely low cut and her skirt about 12 inches above her knee. Bummer! But that’s just during the last singing/dancing part and really you could turn it off before that scene if you are concerned about your young girls getting a bad impression.

    Trisha - I’ve told you mine, now you tell me your favorite Cinderella version!

    Rated PG for some crude humor and language; 96 min; Directed by Tommy O'Haver

    Family Movie Night Activity: Ella Enchanted

    Spellbinding Indeed!

    Ella (Anne Hathaway) of Frell was given a “gift” from her fairy Godmother when she was born. The gift, or possibly a curse, as she grows older is she must be obedient no matter what. A new King is about to be crowned in Frell and Ella has begun to grow fond of him. She isn’t the only one that has noticed his charms and her evil stepsisters and the current King use Ella’s mandatory obedience for their own menacing plans.

    Movie Snacks

    *Eat like the Royals - set up a buffet of tea sandwiches in different varieties and sizes, have individual cakes or petit fours (easily done just using a variety of cookie cutters to cut out of a sheet cake and then frost and decorate) and cookies for dessert. If you happen to have silver platters use those for serving or you could cover your plates with tin foil for a similar effect but not quite so fancy.
    *Now don’t forget fruits or vegetables which were a treat even for the Royals. You could serve bunches of red and green grapes with a variety of cheeses.
    *For a drink with your Royal meal serve sparkling cider or juice in fancy glasses. Or if you want to drink like the Giants in the movie you could have root beer served in mugs.

    Must Pause Moments

    *When Ella receives the gift of obedience from her fairy Godmother, give someone in the room a wand and let them have the power to choose who must be obedient to what they say and then take turns.
    *Throughout the movie there are many times they sing and dance, when you feel like you need to get some wiggles out either pause the movie and have your own sing/dance off or get up and join in with the characters in the movie.

    Other Activities

    *Before the movie begins dress up in your favorite prince or princess costume to get in the mood.
    *Make crowns for the boys and tiaras for the girls to enhance your costumes and embrace your inner prince or princess.
    *For a game you could play pin the crown/tiara on the prince/princess.
    *Pick up some inexpensive foam swords (I often find them at dollar stores) and pair 2 people up for a duel.
    *If you have any large boxes laying around turn them into a castle for your little ones to imagine being the ruler of.

    Hannah - Clearplay Obedience Advocate

    Rated PG for some crude humor and language; 96 min; Directed by Tommy O'Haver
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