We have all heard the fairytales where a princess is visited by her fairy godmother who waves a magic wand and helps the princess find happily ever after.
But what do we know about fairy godmothers? Can only a princess have a fairy godmother? Where do fairy godmothers come from? What does happily ever after even mean? Well, you will just have to watch “Godmothered” to find out!
Disney’s new film “Godmothered” is truly a magical experience. Rated PG, “Godmothered” was released December 4th exclusively on Disney+ and it is a must-see for all families this holiday season! So, here is the scoop on Disney’s “Godmothered.”
Fairy “Godmothered” School
Eleanor is an enthusiastic fairy godmother-in-training. When Eleanor’s school for fairy godmothers, The Motherland, is going to close, she is determined to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. So, when Eleanor finds an old letter from a little girl named Mackenzie, she travels to Boston to help Mackenzie and bring her happily ever after.
However, Eleanor discovers that Mackenzie is now a grown woman and mother of two girls, and that she no longer sees the joy in life. Fortunately, what Eleanor lacks in fairy-godmother training, she makes up for in determination. But can she give Mackenzie her “happily ever after” before it’s too late?
About Disney’s Godmothered
Beginning with an overview of the film, Jillian Bell explains that her character, Eleanor, wants to prove that fairy godmothers are important. Bell also teases that Mackenzie, portrayed by Isla Fisher, “doesn’t really believe that she needs a fairy godmother. But maybe she does.”
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 10-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.
An Incredible Cast
“Godmothered” features a stunning cast who truly bring these fun characters to life!
Jillian Bell plays Eleanor who is a fairy godmother-in-training with a love for life and all things magic. She is the newest student at The Motherhood, where all fairy godmothers train, but she is eager to learn. She wants to save her school by helping Mackenzie, but not all of her spells go right.
Isla Fisher plays Mackenzie, a mother of two who works at a news station. Mackenzie’s life is not a fairytale. She she doesn’t like her job, and her relationship with her children is stressed. Throughout the movie, we get to watch her turn her life around and believe in magic.
Jillian Spaeder plays Jane, Mackenzies teenage daughter. Jane has a beautiful singing voice, but also a fear of performing. With the help of Eleanor and her mom, Jane is able to face her anxiety and be her true self!
Willa Skye plays Mia, Mackenzies youngest daughter. Mia is confident, spunky, and not afraid to have fun.
Santiago Cabrera as Hugh, who works with Mackenzie. Hugh is a single dad who does historical reenactments to bond with his son. He also likes to look on the bright side of life and appreciate the little things.
Jane Curtin plays Moira, the headmistress of The Motherland. Moira has a passion for teaching and for following the rules. When The Motherland is threatened to close, she must go to the human world and bring back Eleanor before she loses her powers.
Artemis Pebdani plays Duff, who works with Mackenzie. Duff is pretty laid back, but she offers comedic relief and is true to her friends.
Utkarsh Ambudkar plays Grant, Mackenzie’s boss. Grant is an angry person who obsessed over ratings and making his news station the best. He is not afraid to exaggerate stories just to get more views, and he has a very short temper.
Why You Should Watch
This film is an absolute delight for kids and adults. While it takes place during the Christmas season, you can enjoy it all year round! The film is full of hilarious magical misadventures, witty writing, and physical comedy. Jillian Bell does an excellent job as Eleanor.
She perfectly captures the wonder and excitement of a fairy on her first visit to the human world. Eleanor is a joy to watch grow from a fairy-godmother-in-training working by the book, into a true godmother who teaches us all to believe in magic.
Viewers will also find themselves rooting for Mackenzie, played by the beautiful and talented Isla Fisher, and her family as they face everyday hardships like dealing with loss and anxiety.
“Godmothered” is very enjoyable. It is full of sweet moments, funny dialogue, and also incredible acting. I think that now more than ever, families can benefit from seeing a movie that teaches audiences that you can make your own “happily ever after” and that love is different to everyone.
The overall message of being true to oneself is something that everyone can appreciate. Viewers also get to enjoy a heartwarming soundtrack that you and your family can sing along to at home!
For more movie scoop, check out Disney + “SOUL” Movie Review and “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” – Movie Review!