Parents' Guide to

A Cinderella Story

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Funny and sweet update of the Cinderella tale.

Movie PG 2004 95 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 8+

Disordered Eating is a No-Go

I enjoyed this movie with my 12 year old, but I did notice a few disordering eating comments such as 'do you have anything with no-sugar, fat-free, carb-free,' or by Hilary's character, Sam choosing a Big Mac over a rice cake and therefore eliminating 'at least 50% of the girls in the year.' So as my daughter asked some questions, I had a chat with her about how living a life by food is not a good life to live, and that Sam's non-disordered eating habits were a much better role model than the other girls, hence why they were the antagonists! So one of my key points is that Sam is a great role model for the kids watching as she is strong, independent, and a really good character for children to look up to. Overall, this movie was a really great one to watch, with a lot of laughs involved.
age 6+

Overall a great movie

Overall I really loved this movie. I grew up with it so when I first saw it I was around 6 or 7. There were a few things that confused me as a kid like Fiona’s breast implants, and Sam went into a boy’s locker room and the boys reactions to her confused me. Obviously I was too young to understand but it didn’t fully go over my head so if you have a kid I’d keep that in mind. Everything else isn’t out of the ordinary for Cinderella.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (43 ):

Girls will love this fresh, funny, and sweet, update of the Cinderella story, and it might win some fans among their older siblings and parents, as well. Duff has a winning personality and makes a lovely Cinderella, sensitive, smart, honorable, and devoted. She knows what she wants and is willing to sacrifice her present happiness to get it.

The always-welcome Regina King is a pleasure as the godmother-equivalent who provides more than a dress, and Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show) makes the most of a one-note character as the evil stepmother, especially when explaining that her serene expression is the result of Botox. Austin's efforts to find his Cinderella and Sam's struggles with Fiona go on longer than they should, but there is an old-fashioned happily-ever-after ending for everyone who deserves one, especially the girls in the audience.

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