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ELLA ENCHANTED

 
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At Theaters: 4/9/2004 On Video: 8/24/2004
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429947
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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Ella lives in a fanciful and magical world where all children are given a "gift" from a fairy Godmother at the moment of their birth. Little Ella’s birthright is the gift--and curse--of obedience. As a result of this unfortunate circumstance, Ella cannot refuse any command, and is often left at the mercy of unscrupulous personalities.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy Fantasy Adventure - This is a fairy tale-like fantasy/comedy aimed toward the whole family, particularly young girls.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Anne Hathaway NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN
Hugh Dancy YOUNG BLADE
Cary Elwes QUEST FOR CAMELOT, KISS THE GIRLS
Vivica A. Fox KILL BILL - VOL. 1, BOAT TRIP, JUWANNA MANN
Joanna Lumley MAD COWS, MAYBE BABY
Minnie Driver BEAUTIFUL, RETURN TO ME, PRINCESS MONONOKE
Eric Idle DUDLEY DO RIGHT
Director: Tommy O'Haver GET OVER IT
Producer: Jane Startz THE BABY SITTERS CLUB
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Production Notes Heading
All Spell Breaks Loose
Casting The Spell
Lights, Camera, Fairy Tale
Someone Princely To Love
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: One mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Some sword and stick fighting.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol drinking.
ACTION: Swordfights and chases.
COMEDY: Wisecracks, silly slapstick, bodily function humor.
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Very Mixed

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Below Average ...an unappealing mess, made less bearable by uniformly lackluster performances and the cheesy special effects. The book Ella Enchanted is a wonderful fairy tale... The movie is an embarrassment - another example of Hollywood excess overwhelming and sinking an otherwise unassuming story.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good "Ella Enchanted" is enchanted, all right. ...it's a high-spirited charmer, a fantasy that sparkles with delights. A lot of the fun is generated because it takes place in a world that is one part "Cinderella," one part "Shrek," and one part "The Princess Bride." This is the best family film so far this year.

USA Today Full Review
Average Ella Enchanted is far from enchanting. It has a few moments of fun and whimsy, but it lacks the joyous spirit and intelligent humor of the children's novel on which it's based. In its attempt to fuse a fairy-tale fantasy with a modern sensibility, the movie winds up a corny, derivative mishmash.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 129 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
40
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
3
About 50/50
100%
13-19Teens (F)
29
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
14
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
28
High
96%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 129 moviegoer opinions. Children loved Ella! Most gave it their highest rating. Teen and twentysomething females rated it nearly as high as children and adult females were only slightly lower.

Adult males also enjoyed it. Slightly more than half enjoyed it very much and all of them enjoyed it to some degree.

"Ella Enchanted" is a MUST SEE for females of all ages! Since the guys also enjoyed it very much Ella is a GREAT FAMILY MOVIE!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It all begins when Ella of Frell (Anne Hathaway) is given a fairy's "gift” at birth – the gift of perfect obedience. Forced to do anything she is commanded – no matter how silly or dangerous – Ella's life hardly seems to be in her own control. Things only get worse when Ella's father (Patrick Bergin) remarries, bringing into her life a stepmother, the dastardly Dame Olga (Joanna Lumley), and two sinister stepsisters, Hattie (Lucy Punch) and Olive (Jennifer Higham), who get a kick out of watching Ella obey their every request at the "Frell Galleria.” Now, Ella is newly determined to gain her independence and break free of the spell that binds her once and for all. She sets off on a quest of discovery that will take her through the Kingdom's most dangerous and darkest forests – where she finds a fellow traveler in a go-getting Elf (Aidan McArdle) -- to the King's spectacular castle. Along the way she crosses paths with the idolized Prince Char (Hugh Dancy), who so often graces the cover of Medieval Teen, only to turn the tables on fairy tale history and rescue him with true love. But most of all, Ella will discover her own power to fight for what's in her heart.
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