Godmothered Is Disney’s Underrated Holiday Movie

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.

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Studio offered a screen for this film, however, all thoughts and opinions are those of the author.

Finding a misplaced 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.

Godmothered is a sweet holiday movie, reminiscent of Enchanted which combines the beauty of fairytales with the harsh reality of a big city. Jillian Bell who was amazing in Brittany Runs a Marathon is a charming fairy godmother who maybe needs a bit more practice when it comes to casting spells. Easily the kid’s favorite part of the movie is when Eleanor attempts to make a carriage out of pumpkins and that goes awry.

Earning major laughs were the news reports of a mystery pumpkin exploder popping up in the movie- no mystery there just Eleanor fudging a spell! Silly news reports are a recurring joke throughout the movie, every single time Eleanor messes something up it’s reported as a strange mystery.

Kudos to Disney for showing some of the tough realities of being a single mom and trying to protect your kids from themselves. Who wouldn’t be fearful after losing the love of their life and seeing how it affected their children? This makes Mackenzie’s character much more relatable than any Hallmark holiday movie in which the characters lead seemingly perfect lives.

Costumes are one of my favorite parts of movies in general, and Godmothered doesn’t disappoint. I love the tulle dress and cape that Eleanor wears. My second favorite is the sleek green coat that Mackenzie wears after her day of pampering, you can take a peek at that luscious green wool in the photo above!

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