(2020) (Jillian Bell, Isla Fisher) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A novice fairy godmother tries to help a TV news producer find her happily ever after.
With fewer regular people believing in fairy tales and living happily ever after, times have turned bleak in the Motherland where would-be godmothers receive their training under headmistress Moira (JANE CURTAIN). It's gotten so bad that Eleanor (JILLIAN BELL) has been the only new applicant in decades and despite support from her much older friend, Agnes (JUNE SQUIBB), it doesn't look good for the young woman, what with rumors that the entire program will soon be shuttered and everyone turned into tooth fairies.
Realizing she needs to complete just one assignment in order to pass and thus hopefully keep the school open, Eleanor scours the records room for any outstanding plea and finds one from Mackenzie Walsh, a 10-year-old girl who's written a letter asking for help in getting a boy to notice her. Eleanor jumps at the chance and without permission from Moira heads through a portal to Boston to search for the girl. What she finds, however, is that Mackenzie (ISLA FISHER) is a grown-up TV news producer who's long since given up thoughts of any sort of happily ever after.
Part of that stems from having a boss, Grant (UTKARSH AMBUDKAR), who wants sensationalized news stories, something that doesn't sit well with Mackenzie, her on-air reporter, Hugh (SANTIAGO CABRERA), or their camera operator, Duff (ARTEMIS PEBDANI). Then there's the fact that Mackenzie has to rely on her sister, Paula (MARY ELIZABETH ELLIS), to care for her girls, Jane (JILLIAN SHEA SPAEDER) and Mia (WILLA SKYE), what with their father having killed in a car accident right before Christmas a few years ago.
Undeterred by the change in parameters, and despite not having a full handle on her magic and not understanding how everything and everyone operates on Earth, Eleanor sets out to make Mackenzie happy, all while the harried mom initially believes this newcomer is crazy and then reluctantly allows her into her life.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- The fairy godmother character as related to fairy tales might draw in some younger kids.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For some suggestive comments.
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