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Wondering if you should watch Godmothered on Disney+? This movie is not what you may expect…..in the best possible way.
Ok Disney+ fans…….let’s talk Godmothered. This fairy tale set in modern times stars Isla Fisher and Jillian Bell and when I saw the trailer….it looked cute. I knew that it told the story of Eleanor, a fairy godmother in training who learns that the world has changed. That most people? Don’t need fairy godmothers. In fact, most people don’t even believe in happily ever after. In the midst of her fairy godmother training……she learns that…..this may be the end of her profession and her dream. With the best of intentions, Eleanor decides to prove everybody wrong. She finds a letter from a 10 year old girl with her wish for happily ever after and she sets out to find her and make her dreams come true.
Apparently the letter was waylaid. Because that little girl? Is a 40 year old single mom. A widow. And she gave up on that happily ever after…..quite some time ago.
Godmothered on Disney+: What This Says About Happily Ever After
“For young girls watching, you know, happy ever after doesn’t necessarily include a castle, a prince, and a dress. It can be blessings you have in your life as you- with your family or work or…” Isla Fisher
“I think it also represents what the world is today in this-it’s-it’s not 1860 anymore. It’s-it’s not, you know, castles and all of this kind of stuff. It’s, happily ever after is what you want. It’s what you believe and-and it’s a goal that you can achieve on your own. If you want it, if you believe that you can get it, it’s-it’s-it’s something that it-it’s not reliant on magic.” Jane Curtin
Now here is where my expectations were surpassed. No spoilers….I promise. But I expected…..a cute, princess themed story. The grown up little girl would find a prince…..and live happily ever after. PLEASE WATCH THIS MOVIE TO THE END. There are so many statements about families of all dynamics, beauty in all shapes and sizes, and how happily ever after looks different for each of us. I cried. I cried watching the ending with my daughter and knowing that she will grow up seeing representation in Disney films that is groundbreaking and messaging that is inclusive.