Wondering if Disenchanted is ok for kids? This sequel to Enchanted comes 15 years after the original. Does it still have that same spark and magic? Without somewhat of a sadder tone than the first, here’s what parents need to know in this Parents Guide to Disenchanted.
Disenchanted Parents Guide
It has been 15 years since Giselle (Amy Adams) and Robert (Patrick Dempsey) got married, but Giselle has grown a bit tired and disillusioned with life in the city, so they move their growing family to the suburban community of Monroeville in search of a more fairy tale life.
Giselle is hoping to find more of Andalasia in her new town. Unfortunately, it isn’t the quick fix she had hoped for. Suburbia has a whole new set of rules and a local queen bee, Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph), who makes Giselle feel more out of place than ever.
Frustrated that her happily ever after hasn’t been so easy to find, she turns to the magic of Andalasia for help, makes a wish, and accidentally transforms the entire town into a real-life fairy tale, complete with a wicked stepmother. Turns out she’s the wicked stepmother. Now, Giselle is in a race against time to reverse the spell and determine what happily ever after truly means to her and her family.
Is Disenchanted Kid Friendly?
Even with a running time of 2 hours, Disenchanted is a family friendly film for most ages. There are some scenes that could be scary for young kids, but overall it’s pretty tame.
Disenchanted Age Rating
Why is Disenchanted rated PG? Disenchanted is rated PG for mild peril and language which means some content may not be suitable for kids of all ages.
Language in Disenchanted
There is little language in Disenchanted, but there is a use of hell and uses of Deity like “oh my g-d.”
There is some kissing and flirting, but nothing overly passionate.
Giselle has feelings of not belonging and wishing for a different life.
There are some potentially scary scenes similar to the ones in the first movie where the villain causes some destruction. A man catches on fire.
Is Disenchanted Appropriate for Kids Under 8?
Enchanted has been a favorite of mine for the last 15 years, so I had high hopes for Disenchanted, perhaps even unrealistic expectations. Luckily, Disenchanted keeps its wholesome and kid friendly vibe and quality. However, it did lose some of its magic, and it hurts me to say that.
Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel are wonderful, as is the rest of the cast. They haven’t lost their charm. In fact, I wanted more Edward and Nancy.
Maya Rudolph, Yvette-Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays as the pseudo Cinderella antiheroes played their parts well, too. There was just a disconnection of the different storylines and too much going on. The music helped distract from some of the chaos, but it wasn’t enough.
There was nothing particularly fresh or interesting about Disenchanted. I did enjoy where they were trying to go with Giselle’s arc of being unhappy in her current state as that’s something super relatable. But they never quite finished the thought.
I don’t know that younger children will be quite as interested without the animated princess coming to life or the adorable chipmunk who doesn’t talk. Because Pip talks in this one a lot, and I can’t say it was the right choice.
Giselle is still a mood, and even through it all, I love her kindness and goodness. Disenchanted has pieces and elements that should make it work, but somewhere along the way the story gets lost and the pieces don’t fit.
Fans of Giselle and Robert and musicals will still enjoy it. The characters are enchanting but it somehow lost its way.
Disenchanted may not have lived up to my expectations, but I’ll still be playing it in the background while I wait for animals to come help me clean my kitchen.