Premiering on Disney+ Friday, December 4th, 2020, “Godmothered” is not your average holiday fairy tale. But it is exactly how fairy tales should be rewritten!
What happens when we stop believing in Fairy Godmothers and Happily Ever After becomes outdated? Eleanor (Jillian Bell) an untrained, perhaps a little accident-prone Godmother in training rewrites the fairy tale in Disney+ Godmothered!
Set at Christmas time, Godmothered is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell) who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “Happily Ever After,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.
Is “Godmothered” kid-friendly?
Rated PG, Godmothered is a pretty tame film that falls in line with Disney’s family values and has enough silly high jinks to keep kids entertained for the 2 hours (110 minutes) run time. But if you do find that the younger ones are getting restless – it’s on Disney+, so just hit that stop button and come back to it later!
Is there adult language in the movie?
No adult cursies are in the movie but there are a few enchanted puns such as “son of a butterscotch” and “Oh my godmother”. And a few scenes with “idiot”, “freak”, and “weirdo” thrown about.
Does “Godmothered” have adult content in the movie?
There is a bar scene with shots and a “magical elixir” aka light beer. And the mention of sharing “knitting” needles which is in reference to drug use but will probably go over the heads of most kids of any age.
Like normal Disney fashion, the death of a parent (dad) is prominent to the storyline. And we watch as Mackensie (Isla Fisher) fights her way out of the world of fear she’s built around herself and her daughters, Jane (Jillian Shea Spaeder) and Mia (Willa Skye).
My overall “Godmothered” review
I adored the trailer and had high expectations for Godmothered. Which usually ends in disaster for me. So, I was happily shocked that by the end of the film many of my expectations had been met!
Now, I can’t say it was perfect. There were a few hiccups in the beginning – like Godmother Agnes’s (June Squibb) voice. Eek. I cringed every time I heard it. And with her being the narrator of our new age fairy tale we heard it a wee bit too much.
It also does drag in the beginning. But somewhere along the way, “Godmothered” finds the magic it needs to push through. And while it may not be a quintessential holiday film like “Noelle“, “Godmothered” is a fun new take on the classic fairy tale.
Yes, the quiet message of inclusion at the end could have been a little louder. But I loved the message “Godmothered” leaves us with and feel it’s something we all need to heart – “Forget Ever After Just Live Happily”.
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