Story

In the animated land of Andalasia, beautiful Giselle (Amy Adams) waits patiently for her ‘true love’s kiss’ to seal her fate to live happily ever after. She believes her dreams have come true when she is rescued from a harrowing incident with a troll by the handsome Prince Edward (James Marsden). Unfortunately Giselle’s and Edward’s wedding plans are thrown awry, when the Prince’s evil stepmother, Queen Narcissa (Susan Sarandon) and her sidekick, Nathaniel (Timothy Spall), lure Giselle away from the castle and push her into a well. Giselle’s friend, Pip the chipmunk witnesses the evil plot and tries to let the Prince know what has happened.

Meanwhile, Giselle emerges from a man hole in ‘real-world’ New York, where she immediately finds herself lost, alone and bewildered. Divorce lawyer, Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his young daughter, Morgan, rescue Giselle and reluctantly decide to take care of her. Over the next few days, Giselle discovers the joys and pitfalls of life and love in the ‘real-world’, all the while asserting that her love, Prince Edward, will ‘come for her’.

Prince Edward, on discovering what has happened to Giselle, sets out to rescue her again and is followed closely by the chipmunk. On the Queen’s orders to sabotage the Prince’s efforts and to poison Giselle, Nathaniel also enters the real world. All the real-world and Analasian characters get closer and closer to finding each other, just as Giselle discovers who she really is and whom she really loves.

Queen Narcissa becomes increasingly desperate to get rid of Giselle, and in a final bid to ensure this happens, she too enters the ‘real-world’. All the friends and perceived enemies must finally join forces to defeat their combined greatest threat, Queen Narcissa.

Themes

None of concern

Violence

There is some violence in this movie including:

  • Nathaniel is shown holding a knife to the chipmunk’s throat in a threatening manner.
  • Prince Edward is run down by a group of cyclists in Central Park. He is ruffled but not seriously injured.
  • Nathaniel clips the chipmunk to a clothes hanger as a means of torturing and imprisoning him.
  • Nathaniel attempts to kill the chipmunk by throwing him into an oven. The chipmunk escapes, but is stuck in a bottle.
  • The queen, in the guise of the old witch, convinces Giselle to take a bite from the poisoned apple. Giselle then collapses into unconsciousness.

Content that may disturb children

Under 8

  • Giselle appears afraid as she falls through the well. She is transformed into a real girl and climbs through a man-hole portal into the chaos of real world traffic. She appears overwhelmed and gets lost in the crowd. She eventually emerges from a subway, alone on a rainy night in a strange place.
  • Giselle recruits pigeons, cockroaches and rats to clean up Robert and Morgan’s apartment. A pigeon is shown to eat a live cockroach.
  • Nathaniel sees the Queen’s face in his soup. She uses this as a portal to communicate with him. She tells Nathaniel to poison Giselle with a poisoned apple. Giselle is nearly poisoned on two occasions.

Over 8

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.

Sexual references

None

Alchohol, drugs and other substances

None

Nudity and sexual activity

Giselle is shown taking a shower behind a screen. When Robert walks into the bathroom, Giselle’s body (torso) is concealed by a towel held by two birds.

Product placement

None

Coarse language

None

Ideas to discuss with your children

Enchanted is a light-hearted romantic comedy, featuring a mix of old style animation and real life action. Young children are likely to enjoy the engaging, attractive characters, and the physical comedy of the movie. Older children and adults may find the references to old Disney movies amusing, and appreciate the overall production quality and performances in the film.

You could talk to your children about the values in this movie such as strong female role models, courage and persistence in adversity and looking after those in need. You could also discuss the real-life consequences of lying, manipulating and tricking people and cruelty to animals.