Ella Enchanted – Edited

Theatrical Release: April 9, 2004
DVD Release: November 9, 2004


Based on a popular children’s book, Ella Enchanted follows the adventures of Ella (Anne Hathaway), who suffers from a curse of being obedient. When she is born, fairy Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox) bestows upon her the gift of obedience, causing her to do whatever she is told. After her mother dies, Ella’s father marries a widow with two homely daughters, Hattie (Lucy Punch) and Olive (Jennifer Higham). The stepsisters and their wicked mother (Joanna Lumley) are jealous of beautiful Ella’s friendship with the handsome Prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy). The girls order her to do things that get her into trouble and make her life miserable. To break the curse of obedience, Ella embarks on a search for the elusive Lucinda that takes her through a land of ogres, elves and giants who become her friends. Sword fights and some spiffy martial arts create excitement for young viewers, and singing and dancing elves, comical giants and “shrek-like” ogres will enchant children five and older.

Dove Review

This is like the fairy tales read to me by my grandmother when I was little. Like all fairy tales you have the good, the bad and the evil. Good always wins over evil and everyone one lives happily ever after. In this story Ella always does what she is told but in her heart she knows that some of these things are wrong. If you know something is wrong then don’t do it just because others tell you to do it. There is no offensive language, nudity or sexual content. But there are some references to potions, spells, and the scene of the fairy godmother being drunk.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: Alcohol and poison.
Nudity: None
Other: Spells


Company: Miramax Pictures
Writer: Laurie Craig
Director: Tommy O'Haver
Producer: Jane Startz
Genre: Children
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe