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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.
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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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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 TodayFull 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 OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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!
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.