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Running Time:
100 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some crude humor and language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Just another fractured fairy tale designed for kids who've seen this versions of the tale over and over, but Anne Hathaway sings and dances and is so beguiling that she almost makes the magic believable.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Music video "It's Not Just Make-Believe" performed by Kari Kimmel; Deleted and extended scenes; Feature commentary with director Tommy O'Haver, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy; "Prince Charmont's Fan Club" set-top game; "Ella Enchanted Red Carpet Premiere Special"; "The Magical World of Ella Enchanted"; "Happily Ever After" DVD-ROM feature; French language track; Spanish subtitles



Ella Enchanted
The fairy tale land where Ella (Anne Hathaway lives with her widowed father(Patrick Bergin) and wicked stepmother ("Absolutely Fabulous' " Joanna Lumley) is a mix of overly bright colors and occasional digital effects. Ella's sisters Hattie (Lucy Punch) and Olive (Jennifer Higham)are both smitten with Prince Char (Hugh Dancy), but Ella hates him because his uncle, Sir Edgar (Cary Elwes), who's the regent (until Char is old enough to takes over), has segregated the kingdom, keeping the peaceful ogres confined to the forest, the gentle giants forced to do manual labor, while the elves are restricted to being entertainers and clowns. Ella, who's a civil rights activist, unfurls a banner denouncing these restrictions at the opening of the Frell Galleria mall where the prince is making an appearance. The prince is naturally captivated by Ella, but the curse comes between them. Encouraged by her former nursemaid (Minnie Driver), Ella journeys through the kingdom to search for her godmother (Viveca Fox) and demand that she remove the curse. Accompanying her are an elf who wants to be a lawyer, and a talking book that can help her find her godmother. Fractured fairly tales like this work much better in animation (ala Shrek). It took five writers to come up with this one, and the jokes are more likely to elicit groans than chuckles. The film's soundtrack contains several catchy pop/rock songs that should stimulate sales for the CD, but it's Anne Hathaway who steals the whole show as the spunky heroine.






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