By Sandie Angulo Chen,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Adorable fairy tale is a fabulous family flick.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won’t—find in this movie.
Sends the message that even though true love doesn’t always come in a predictable “Prince Charming” package, your dreams can still come true.
Positive Role Models
Despite Giselle’s differences, her enthusiasm and positive outlook are ultimately appreciated.
Violence & Scariness
A wicked witch tries to poison Giselle; Edward wields his sword against a troll and out and about in New York City (no one is hurt). Nathaniel takes out his frustrations on Pip, mostly to humorous effect. The queen transforms into a big, threatening dragon and tries to kill Giselle and Robert (after doing her best to do Giselle in via other means).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few kisses, including “true love’s kiss,” and a scene of Giselle modestly coming out of the shower and getting wrapped in a towel. She also flirts/dances with Robert. Some dating/relationship innuendo that will go over kids’ head.
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Products & Purchases
Coke, I Love NY souvenir items, Mac laptop, Blackberry PDAs, Vipp traschan, Calypso, Prada, Elie Tahari, etc. (Giselle indulges in some prime retail therapy at one point). Plus, lots of tie-ins to the Disney Princess marketing machine.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Giselle is served an apple martini but doesn’t drink it. A character gets sloshed at a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Enchanted is a mostly live-action Disney fairy tale that will appeal to kids — even very young ones. Like most Disney flicks, the romance is chaste (a few kisses), the violence is mild (though the climactic battle with a dragon at the end could scare some sensitive little ones), and the language isn’t an issue. That said, there are quite a few product placements (not to mention the tie-ins to the whole Disney Princess juggernaut) and one scene of a character getting drunk at a bar. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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What’s the Story?
Narrated by the inimitable Julie Andrews, ENCHANTED starts out as a formulaic animated flick about Giselle (Amy Adams), a damsel in fair Andalasia who’s waiting for her one and only to sweep her off her feet. But it quickly turns into an unconventional fish-out-of-water romantic comedy with infectious musical numbers. Giselle’s true love, Prince Edward (James Marsden), has a stereotypical witch of a stepmother (Susan Sarandon) who’d rather dispatch Giselle to a land where no one is happy for too long (aka New York City) than deal with her usurping the throne. But what Giselle discovers in Manhattan is that there’s a little magic everywhere, mostly in the form of Robert (Patrick Dempsey), the single-father divorce attorney who takes Giselle in to please his 6-year-old daughter (Rachel Covey). Naturally, Edward finds his way to Giselle — partially thanks to the “magic mirror” of a motel television — but by that point no one in the audience will be rooting for them to hook up back in Andalasia.
Is It Any Good?
This is a spectacularly sweet film that proves even dashing princes aren’t a match for damaged single fathers. Amy Adams is charming and lovely and obviously destined to be a leading lady. As she beckons rats, pigeons, and bugs to clean Robert’s Upper West Side pad, it’s clear she has the sparkle to make her guileless character enchanting instead of annoying.
It’s refreshing to see Disney poke a little fun at its classic fairy tales with scenes like that one; even kids who can’t recognize all of Enchanted’s various princess archetypes and tongue-in-cheek jokes will fall for this winning love story — as will their parents.
Talk to Your Kids About …
Families can talk about what made kids want to see Enchanted — the story or the advertising and Disney Princess marketing? Why are Disney Princess products so popular?
Families can also discuss how this movie fits into the fairy tale genre. What other stories does it make references to?
How is the story different from other princess movies? Kids: Do you think Giselle made the right decision?
- In theaters: November 21, 2007
- On DVD or streaming: March 17, 2008
- Cast: Amy Adams, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey
- Director: Kevin Lima
- Inclusion Information: Female actors
- Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 107 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: some scary images and mild innuendo.
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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