Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted is a 2004 fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Tommy O'Haver and written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith loosely based on Gail Carson Levine's 1997 novel of the same name. Starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy, the film plays with the usual fairy tale genre.


In the kingdom of Lamia, baby Ella of Frell is given the "gift" of obedience by misguided and obnoxious fairy godmother, Lucinda Perriweather; Ella is magically compelled to instantly obey any command she is given. On her deathbed, Ella's mother, Lady Eleanor, warns her not to tell anyone about the gift, for fear someone might use it to exploit Ella. Only Mandy, the household fairy, knows the secret.