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Great for kids

  • Sep 28, 2010
This is one of those kids movies that grown-ups can watch, and possibly even enjoy. It features a Cinderlla-like story, but with giants and Ogres and pop-culture humor. It actually achieves a good balance of being funny without becoming too silly (although the dancing Ogres come close). I particularly liked the Elf who wants to become a lawyer - what a great character twist.

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Quick Tip by . December 03, 2010
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The book was honestly ten times better, but Hathaway's charming personality make this movie easier to watch. Not bad, not great, but okay and forgettable.
review by . April 21, 2005
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"Ella Enchanted" is a fun film for all ages. There is enough adventure for older kids and a great little love story for soft hearts and young girls. My three year-old daughter has completely engulfed herself into anything princess these days, from the Disney Princesses to movies with damsels in distress, she loves it all. Of course, Ella has captured her heart for many reasons, she's funny, beautiful, independent, and sings and dances in this film.    Anne Hathaway is truly a …
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Similar to SHREK and THE PRINCESS BRIDE, this fantasy adventure, based on a book by Gail Carson Levine, combines fairy tale with sly, 21st century pop humor. Teenage Ella (THE PRINCESS DIARIES' Anne Hathaway) lives in Frell, a magical place where humans, fairies, ogres, and other mythical folk peacefully coexist. However, when power-mad Prince Regent Edgar (Cary Elwes) passes laws that segregate humans from everyone else, Ella becomes determined to win equal rights for all. This task presents a challenge for anyone, but especially for Ella, who at birth was given the dubious gift of obedience by Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox), a fairy with an attitude. When she finds an ally, and love interest, in the almost-king Prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy), she invokes the ire of her witchy stepsister Hattie (Lucy Punch), who has figured out that Ella must obey any command. Between avoiding her stepsister, trying to break the spell, and restoring justice to the kingdom, will Ella find time for true love? <br> <br> The talent...
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Director: Tommy O'Haver
Genre: Family
Release Date: April 9, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Michelle Wolff
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
Runtime: 1hr 41min
Studio: Miramax
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