So I watched a movie: 'Godmothered' is uplifting holiday fun without being a 'Christmas movie'

Kelsey Shelton
Siskiyou Daily News
Jillian Bell (center) is a fairy godmother who helps out aa Boston mom (Isla Fisher) and her kids (Willa Skye and Jillian Shea Spaeder) in Disney+'s "Godmothered."
Kelsey Shelton

If you’re like me, sometimes you enjoy holiday movies that aren’t specifically holiday related, such as Joe Dante’s “Gremlins,” or the cult classic “Die Hard.” – although there is quite the argument being made for both being considered classic Christmas movies.

If you are feeling an uplifting film this holiday that doesn’t necessarily focus on finding the Christmas spirit, I would recommend you check out Disney’s “Godmothered,” a lighthearted comedy that attempts to change the classic Disney meaning of “happily ever after.”

Directed by Sharon Maguire,  “Godmothered” is streaming now on Disney+, and centers around the story of what might happen if the classic fairy godmother changed up the way those who need love the most looked at how to obtain it.

Jillian Bell as Eleanor in "Godmothered."

Eleanor (Jillian Bell) is a Godmother-in-training who lives in Motherland. Her perpetually cheery demeanor and desire to help those in need are being wasted due to a series of strict, rigid rules that have been around for centuries, but aren’t really working.

After learning that the need for fairy godmothers is dying, and she will either lose her magic or become a tooth fairy (no, not the Dwayne Johnson kind), Eleanor hunts down a letter written by 10-year-old Mackenzie Walsh (Isla Fisher), and tries to make her “happily ever after” come true so she can finally be a godmother, and hopefully, preserve the craft.

Mackenzie, who is now in her 40s, is a single mom in Boston who has given up on finding her happiness after losing her husband and trying to juggle her demanding job while raising two daughters.

With Eleanor’s wishful thinking and misguided magic, Mackenzie’s world is turned upside down as she embraces  not only the concept of magic existing, but embraces her own magic by finding her inner confidence.

Isla Fisher and Willa Skye in a scene from "Godmothered."

Eleanor not only helps Mackenzie realize her own self worth, but also helps her two daughters find their own magic. 

In the end, Eleanor helps Mackenzie’s family and the city of Boston figure out that love for one another and unconditional support is the true “happily ever after” no matter who you love, regardless of Prince or Princess status, or a lack of a shiny, extravagant dress.

“Godmothered” promotes a message of self-confidence, and encourages people to not be afraid to change the way one looks at the concept of traditional love, especially when faced with different opinions about what it traditionally is supposed to mean.

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“Godmothered” is streaming now on Disney+, and is rated PG for some suggestive comments. 

It is a must watch for those who are not only Disney loyal, but are looking for light hearted laughs, and a little bit of magic to inspire them.

The film stars Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street, Workaholics), Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Confessions of a Shopaholic), June Squibb (Nebraska, Palm Springs), and Santiago Cabrera (Big Little Lies). 

Kelsey Shelton is a writer for the Siskiyou Daily and Mount Shasta Area Newspapers. She holds a B.A. in English, loves pop-culture, and believes that there is a film appreciator in all of us.