December 19, 2007
Family Film Blogging: Enchanted is Enchanting!
Posted by Christine Hurt

Last week, I took all three kids to see Enchanted.  (One thing I've learned -- you can easily take infants to the movies.  Toddlers are a whole different story.)  I wholeheartedly recommend it.  Although many animated movies lately appeal to both kids and adults at the same time by having in-jokes that allude to adult pop culture, this movie has in-jokes that allude to kid pop culture -- Disney!  That device makes watching the movie even more fun for kids, who for once know where "this is all going."

But of course the best part of the movie is that it makes a small move in a feminist direction -- turning around the stereotypical damsel-in-distress ending and persuading a certain princess to rethink marrying a prince she just met in the forest.  This twist was not lost on my 8-year-old daughter, and I'm glad.  However, the movie doesn't assume that one must be feminist and cynical at the same time -- characters are encouraged to believe in happy endings and in love, but these wonderful goods come as a result of reason, discernment, and self-confidence.  Very nice!

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