Parents' Guide to

Godmothered

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Contemporary twist on fairy tale has mild language.

Movie PG 2020 109 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 6+

Could've been so much better

I loved the idea of an updated fairy godmother story, but this turned out to be disappointing. The end was great but most of the movie really plods along without living up to the charm potential it seemed to have- despite a great performance by the fairy godmother. (I really love that they cast an actress who doesn't have the typical "perfect Hollywood" look in this role.) The last few minutes have some great lessons- 1) true love can look very different than it does in a traditional fairy tale (ie. a mom's true love can be her kids- she doesn't necessarily need a man) and 2) a godmother won't fix things for us, but she may show us how to fix it ourselves (love that self empowerment!). I really liked that there was a same sex couple included in the segment about how true love can look different than the diary tale (two dads shouting out that their true love is their son.) It was subtle but definitely the kind of inclusion that I want my kids to see. Yay, Disney! What I don't want them to see: a TV station boss yelling that something "sucks" (come on, Disney! You can do better!) The kids in the movie also have a little bit of a bad attitude and are glued to their devices. I also thought the jokes about the push-up bra and Spanx were unnecessary and sending the wrong message to girls. They also did a pretty poor job of explaining the backstory of the fairy "motherland" - I think that went over my kids' heads. Jane Curtin is totally wasted in what couldve been a better role as the head godmother. All in all, this movie was fine but could've been so much better and doesn't have the charm and wit of something like Enchanted. I'm glad I didn't pay to see it in a theater, but it was okay for movie night and my girls got some laughs from some of the physical comedy and a few funny bits with magical animals etc.
age 9+

Cute family flic

Godmothered is a cute, at times saccharin sweet film full of fun and fantasy for the whole family. The main character, Elinor, played by Jillian Bell, steals the show with her adorably funny innocence. The show has its exciting and entertaining moments without being over the top with adventurous peril that is so popular and often overwhelming in family movies today. The epipen scene is mild compared to some peril I’ve seen in Disney movies - nothing compared to the Lion king watching Mufasa get killed. The plot is formulaic and predictable, but it’s more about the characters and their transformation. I think kids could relate to the grief felt over the loss of a family member or the emotional challenge of stage fright as experienced by one of the teen characters. The issue of a parent dying is handled very sensitively, not nearly as jarring as Frozen when those parents die! Hello! I didn’t see that coming! Any adult lines will likely go right over most kids heads like it goes over the head of Elinor whose naïveté is also child-like. This film expresses the possibility that love can take many forms and that people shouldn’t feel they need to fulfill some strict structured fantasy of love demonstrated by our society’s stereotypical fairy tales. That is the context when two men holding a small child express who their true love is which is their child. Some reviews took issue with this and felt it challenged their views on how people share their love. The camera is on them for all of three seconds and outside of the assumption the audience would make that the two men are a couple, there is absolutely no other discussion or indication of their sexuality. As for the cartoon boy fairy in a dress at the end, I wouldn’t have noticed had someone not pointed it out in a previous review. Again, nothing was said or even heavily implied by the image of an impish character with short black hair wearing a dress. I couldn’t even say for sure it was a boy. And are there really any rules about what a potential fairy godfather would look like??? It’s a fairy! I appreciated a Disney film that wasn’t full of peril and violence that my family is sensitive to. This film reminded me of Elf in its comical portrayal of an innocent child like character interacting with the harsh realities of the real world while trying to maintain their sense of hope and good in people. For that reason alone, it’s a worth while film for families.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Godmothered aims to turn the fairy tale trope on its head, and it succeeds to a certain degree, but that doesn't make this film any less predictable or more realistic. In fact, Eleanor's closing-act tribute to diversity, which offers a contemporary twist on the ideas of "true love" and "happily ever after," isn't backed up by the rest of the movie, which feels pretty traditional in both characters and storyline. Riffs on the classic tale of Cinderella are fun, and Bell's charming central performance keeps the film afloat. Fisher and Santiago Cabrera as her love interest, Hugh Prince, are solid, but co-stars Jane Curtin and June Squibb as aging fairy godmothers are sorely underused.

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