Have you ever wanted a Fairy Godmother? I know I have. As little girl, and yes even as a grown women with kids of my own. I could use a Fairy Godmother from time to time. We could all use a little magic in our lives, right? Disney+ gives us some magic we can enjoy right from our couch with, Godmothered. This is a light hearted movie, full of funny moments, and a few tender ones too. I loved the story line and the way they turned “Happily Ever After” on it’s head.
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.
When Eleanor finally finds the person she is supposed to help, everything that can go wrong does. After all, Eleanor is still learning the ropes. It definitely gave me an “Enchanted” vibe. A fairy tale character being pulled from her magical world and being thrown into a strange, new world. She is wide eyed and excited about the little things. I love the way that Eleanor never loses hope with Mackenzie and her family. She may not have all the spells down, but boy does she have the love and encouragement part. If you ask me that is just as powerful!
The on screen pairing of Isla Fisher, Jillian Bell is magical. These two have great chemistry and it is fun to watch the joy and grumpiness go back and forth. They are quite the odd couple. I think Bell is a perfect Fairy Godmother, so full of innocence and wonder. Bell explains, “I just fell absolutely in love with the character and the idea for the film. Eleanor is probably one of my favorite characters I’ve ever gotten to play. She is naïve in some areas but she’s also smart. She wants the best for everyone and she wants everything to be magical and wonderful and lovely. Her dream in life is to come down and prove that fairy godmothers are still needed during these modern times.” Fisher represents so many on screen who have experience real loss and heartache. She shows it is still possible to have your “Happily Ever After!” The friendship between these two on screen is special. Fisher says, “There are so many great elements in this movie. There’s magic, there’s humor, there’s the connection between the two women–you root for them, you care about them. It’s a buddy comedy. It’s something that I think that families will all enjoy. And most importantly it’s set at Christmas which is everybody’s favorite time of the year. “
Through a series of adventures, Eleanor and Mackenzie come to realize that fairy tales do not all have to look the same. As far as “Happily Ever After” goes, a prince doesn’t even have to be involved. Wow! I love that Disney is telling kids that their Happily Ever After can happen with their friends, family, with one parent, or both. It really is powerful when you can step back and think of all the things that make you happy and the people, too! True love exists in friendship, family, in serving others, and hobbies you are passionate about, not just in the sense of romance. So, what does your “Happily Ever After” look like? I’d love to know!