Ella Enchanted

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Endearing, enduring, with just a few bits of crude humor.

PG 2004 96 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 63 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Cinderella with a Twists

Ella is able to break her own curse, showing that we are in control of our own minds. There is a fair few kisses with her and the Prince. The ogres may be frightening to young kids. Stepmother and stepsisters are cruel to Ella.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much consumerism
age 8+

Great family movie

I was worried that this would be too much of a tween movie with adult content (aka jaded, cynical..) and I had trepidation about watching a young woman under the spell of obedience. But this was an innocent characterization and did not tow the line for me at any point the way Hollywood usually does. The only thing I found to be odd was the normalizing humor about intoxication, and for no benefit as it was not funny or help the plot. But I thought that was pretty mild. There is a lot of 'teen crush' depicted, but it didn't seem to exclude my young boys, 6 & 8. They normally hate romance, but they loved this movie, as did my husband. I think that is because it is innocent, with child-like humor and with broad themes that all ages care about - love, generosity, caring, discrimination, choices, power, greed, superficiality. Great family movie. Probably ideal for 9+

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For kids who love princesses and other girl characters

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