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Ella Enchanted

Most parents would jump at the chance of having a child that did everything it was told. But in the magical world where Ella (Anne Hathaway) lives, being placed under the enchantment of perfect obedience proves to be more of a curse than a blessing -- especially when others begin to exploit her inability to ignore their commands. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 96
Theater Release: 08 Apr 2004
Video Release: 15 Oct 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Ella Enchanted clearly demonstrates why being perfectly obedient can be a problem. However, being perfectly disobedient would be just as bad-perhaps even worse. When someone asks you to do something, how can you know if obeying their request will be in the best interest of both people?

Ella had preconceived ideas of what type of person Prince Charmont was, based upon how other members of his family acted. Have you ever had an opinion about one person that was based on similar falsehoods?

While at the market, Ella’s stepsisters command her to steal. How can falling under the spell of peer-pressure causes us to make poor decisions?

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