By Jennifer Green,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
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Charming sequel will please fans; mild scares, romance.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Step-relatives are true family too. Be careful what you wish for. Nobody's perfect. The real world can be better than fairytales.
Positive Role Models
Giselle is sweetness incarnate and maintains a generally positive outlook, caring deeply for her family. When she turns evil, she's cruel to her stepdaughter and will stop at nothing to dethrone her rival. Morgan finds courage and resilience she didn't know she had. Malvina is power-hungry and mean-spirited, and she risks the life of a child to maintain her power.
Lead actors are mostly White and Black. The film exploits some stereotypes of fairytale characters and endings.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters turn evil and treat each other cruelly. Lives, including those of kids, are threatened by dragons, giants, sleeping potions, falls, fires, fights, spells, curses, and the destruction of the world.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kisses. Teens flirt.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disenchanted is the mostly live-action sequel to 2007's hit Enchanted. Stars Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey reprise their roles, and Maya Rudolph joins the cast. Potentially upsetting or scary scenes involve characters turning evil and treating one another cruelly. Lives, including those of kids, are threatened by dragons, giants, sleeping potions, falls, fires, fights, spells, curses, and the destruction of the world. Adults kiss and drink wine. Though characters treat each other cruelly, they do so under spells, and there seems to be a message that the real world can actually be just as good as in fairytales.
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What's the Story?
Giselle (Amy Adams) and husband Robert (Patrick Dempsey) are moving their two daughters, Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) and baby Sofia, to the suburbs at the start of DISENCHANTED. Giselle has finally had enough of grimy New York and has found a castle-looking home in a fairytale-like suburb. Things get off to a rough start: teenage Morgan is angry about being moved, the house isn't quite move-in ready, Robert has a soul-sucking commute, and the other school moms, reigned over by Malvina (Maya Rudolph), are unwelcoming, to say the least. When Giselle is gifted a magic wand, she makes a wish that her new life becomes a fairytale, and suddenly the world around her transforms. But what she doesn't count on, and cannot control, is the effect the changes will have on everyone around her, and on the beings of Andalasia back home.
Is It Any Good?
Featuring another tour-de-force performance by Adams, starring as the charming ingenue turned wicked stepmother, this sequel will please fans. Disenchanted reverses the roles of its predecessor: Instead of a cartoon princess landing in real-world New York, the princess turns her new home in the suburbs into a fairytale world and, in the process, becomes evil and risks sucking the life out of the actual magical kingdom of Andalasia. It's a clever premise -- what suburb couldn't use a little excitement? -- that allows the actors to play against character and the characters to further parody Disney tropes. By far the film's highlight is a showstopping villain sing-off between Adams and Rudolph -- two evil divas dressed to the nines and fighting over who's "badder" and should be queen. They bring PTA-mom rivalry to a whole new level.
The film has some funny lyrics about the family's move to the "magic kingdom of suburbia" and what constitutes a fairytale life. But the set-up of the story and presentation of character updates (cute little Morgan is now a sullen teen) takes a bit too long and the intro section lulls. It's only once Giselle starts to feel evil that the film picks up and the real fun begins. Her chipmunk turns into an amusingly evil fat cat ("I feel so superior!"), and Adams appears to be having a blast arguing with herself as good and bad Giselle fight over her spirit. Dempsey also looks to be enjoying himself, failing at slaying dragons and giants. But Enchanted, and now Disenchanted, is Amy Adams' show, and not even Idina Menzel's spectacular singing or Rudolph's droll eyebrow lifts can steal her limelight.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Disenchanted uses material from its prequel, Enchanted, but evolves the characters. What's different, and what's the same?
The film combines live-action and animation. How do films do this? Do the animated characters look like the real ones? What other films have you seen that use this technique?
What role do memories play in the climax of this film? Why do you think memories are given such importance?
- On DVD or streaming: November 18, 2022
- Cast: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph
- Director: Adam Shankman
- Inclusion Information: Black actors, Latinx writers
- Studio: Disney+
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 120 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: mild peril and language.
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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