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Ella Enchanted (2004)

Ella is under a spell to be constantly obedient, a fact she must hide from her new step-family in order to protect the prince of the land, her friend for whom she's falling.

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Based on Gail Carson Levine's award winning novel, this is the story of Ella, a young woman who was given a "gift" of obedience by a fairy named Lucinda. She must obey anything anyone tells her to do. When her mother passes away, she is cared for by her thoughtless and greedy father who remarries a loathsome woman with two treacherous daughters. This modern-day, fantasy Cinderella story features fairies, ogres and elves...as well as a hero in the guise of Prince Charmont, whom Ella falls in love with. Unlike Cinderella though, she must depend on herself and her intelligence to get her through her troubles and find Lucinda in order for her "curse" to be broken! Written by M. C. Gomez

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Rated PG for some crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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9 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,169,030 (USA) (11 April 2004)

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$22,918,387 (USA)
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The first song Ella sings, "Somebody to Love" was not the original song choice. Tommy O'Haver had discovered that Anne Hathaway didn't have very good chemistry with their first choice, a more classical "fairy-tale" song. O'Haver and Hathaway were relaxing when she starting singing along and dancing to the song that was currently playing: Queen's "Somebody to Love". They both decided that "this was it". See more »

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"When Char takes Ella to the hall of mirrors, he holds both of her hands. Later, when the clock reaches 12, Ella has the dagger though there were no places in which she could have kept the dagger without Char seeing." Considering Ella had Slannen chain her to a tree in an attempt to keep her from killing Char, it's safe to assume she did away with the dagger, thus she didn't have it with her when Char took her to the Hall of Mirrors. However, Sir Edgar specifically ordered her to kill Char with that particular dagger. She couldn't go and find the dagger because she had also been ordered to kill him at the stroke of midnight, so the curse made it magically appear in her hand to allow her to obey her orders. See more »

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Narrator: Fairy tales tell, as their labels imply / Stories of magic, of creatures that fly / With giants and dragons and ogres and elves / And inanimate objects that speak for themselves / There's romance and danger and plotting of schemes / There's good guys and bad guys and some guys in-between / A fairy tale also reveals some sort of truth / The perils of choices we make in our youth./ But our story today is different in theme./ For our hero had no choice or so it would seem./ It starts ...
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The cityscape of the Miramax logo dissolves into the cityscape of the medieval city in the movie. See more »

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References I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) See more »

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Sona Sona
Written by Anand Raj Anand (as Anand Raaj Anand)
Performed by Sonu Nigam, Sudesh Bhonsle (as Sudesh Bhosle), and Jaspinder Narula (as Jaspinder Naruda)
Courtesy of MCS Music America
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A sweet and charming movie
29 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Ella Enchanted is a charming film that's good for the whole family. In this storybook fairy tale gone wrong, Anne Hathaway plays Ella, a girl given the magical gift of "obedience" by her fairy godmother at birth which turns into a curse because she can't refuse any command, even from those who abuse this fact. To try to regain control of her life, Ella goes on a quest to get the "gift" removed, meeting ogres and giants and a dreamy prince (Hugh Dancy) along the way. The plot sounds stupid but the movie is a lot better then I expected it to be. Its hard to take the film serious at some points though and sometimes its not exactly clear what the plot is. I have never read the book so I can't compare but my friend said that they change a lot of things. The cast, for the most part, is pretty good with the best being Anne Hathaway but she needs to start picking different roles to avoid being a typecast. I thought the acting from Hugh Dancy was horrible and it would have been better if they would have gone with someone else. Vivica A. Fox, Cary Elwes and Minnie Driver all have small roles and all do good job. The film is of course cheesy at some parts and all the gimmickry can become annoying after awhile. The film is pretty predictable but that shouldn't turn you away .The film is only 96 minutes long so it isn't a real punishment to watch the film. There are some things about the movie that didn't make sense and there are also a lot of pointless characters that could have been used without. In the end I think kids will really like Ella Enchanted Rating 7/10 if you have never read the book then you have a better chance of enjoying it. However, if you have read the book then you will probably hate it {like my friend did} because they change a lot.


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