Godmothered is a modern fairy tale that makes you smile and redefines the meaning of Happily Ever After!
In an effort to prevent her profession from ending before she has even started, fairy godmother in training, Eleanor (played by Jillian Bell) is determined to show the world that there is still a need for godmothers. With a letter from a 12-year old in need, Eleanor sets out to help Mackenzie only to realize that Mackenzie has grown up and is now a 40 year old mother of 2. Doing her best to help, and not always doing so, Eleanor and Mackenzie share some comical and revealing situations together and redefine the way we view Happily Ever After.
I figured Godmothered would be good, which is totally was, but it also surprised me in two areas…and I’ve gotta tell you, I am here for it because it made this movie special.
First, it’s casting. I wouldn’t have pictured Jillian Bell as a fairy godmother in a Disney film, based on her previous work, but I was impressed by how well she did in this role. She embraced it and had us all emotionally invested in her character and her mission. Another one that got me was Isla Fisher because I am used to seeing her in more comical roles and in this one she really wasn’t…well, unless something happened to her when the fairy godmother got involved. The only main character casting that didn’t surprise me was Grant, played by Utkarsh Ambudkar…that role seemed meant for him.
Second, its story line. I assumed that the story line for this film, would be the same as all the others but thankfully it wasn’t. As I mentioned previously, it redefines the meaning of happily ever after in a fairy tale. I won’t elaborate, to avoid spoilers, but I do think it was pretty cool that in this film true love and what makes you happy is different for everyone. Happily ever after isn’t cookie cutter
I really enjoyed this movie. It was heart warming, funny and a good reminder that life isn’t a fairy tale but that is OK. I think that message is especially important given the year we have had. If you’re wondering if Godmothered is appropriate for the kiddos, yes it is. There is no inappropriate language or content but it does deal with loss (just in case that is triggering for your child). There is also a scene that takes place at a bar and while they had a drink, it is not the main focus and it does make for a really funny scene (probably one of the funniest ones in the movie).
Godmothered is streaming exclusively on Disney+ starting December 4th!
Set at Christmas time, “Godmothered” is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell) who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 12-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “Happily Ever After,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.