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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Godmothered is a contemporary twist on the traditional Cinderella tale. In this case, the story is told from the perspective of a slightly bumbling fairy godmother-in-training named Eleanor (Jillian Bell). Glimpses of more adult humor -- shots at a bar pool table, a euphemism for sex, and a misunderstanding about sharing "needles" in an alleyway -- will likely fly over younger viewers' heads. Same goes for the movie's subtext about fear-mongering and trivialization in the news business, which is played for humor. What will stick is Eleanor's sweetness and humor and her total belief in fairy-tale concepts like princes, princesses, castles, carriages, magic, love, and happy endings. All of which get thrown into question in a lighthearted way that's meant to show kids that true love can come in many different forms and that happy endings aren't only about a man and a woman getting married. Young viewers may also connect with two children who are struggling in the wake of their father's death. Expect a few salty fairy-tale puns like "mother of fudge," "son of a butterscotch," and "oh my godmother." Language also includes "idiots, "weirdo," "freak," and "oh my God." Eleanor has an allergic reaction to shellfish and has to be shot in the thigh with an EpiPen.
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What's the story?
Eleanor (Jillian Bell) is a fairy godmother-in-training in GODMOTHERED. When she discovers the training school is in danger of being shut down, and all the godmothers made tooth fairies due to a decline in a call for their services, she escapes "Motherland" to track down a last unfulfilled request from a 10-year-old girl. However, Eleanor discovers that the girl, Mackenzie (Isla Fisher), is now a widowed adult with two kids, and Eleanor is woefully unprepared for both the realities of city life and some of the necessary skills to be a fully competent fairy godmother. Still, her faith in magic and happy endings will drive her to help Mackenzie and her daughters to the best of her abilities. All of them will learn new lessons about life, love, and happy endings in the process.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the "formula" for happiness discussed by the fairy godmothers in Godmothered. Does the formula fit with traditional fairy tales you've read or watched? How so?
Do you think Mackenzie and Hugh end up together? Would their confirmed pairing have made the ending of the movie more satisfying for you? Why or why not?
At what point does Eleanor realize she's actually June's fairy godmother as much as she is Mackenzie's?
How does this film portray the news business? Was it shown in a positive light?
- On DVD or streaming: December 4, 2020
- Cast: Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher, Santiago Cabrera
- Director: Sharon Maguire
- Studio: Disney+
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Fairy Tales, Holidays
- Run time: 109 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: some suggestive comments.
- Last updated: May 30, 2021
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