|Rated: G for general audiences Starring: Ashlee Hewitt, Sterling Knight, and Kiely Williams |
Year Released: 2010
The whole Cinderella thing has been done numerous times; even the original Cinderella Story movie with Hilary Duff had two sequels, one with Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place), the other with Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars). Still, as King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes, "There is nothing new under the sun," so it's not really a problem that many movies take their cue from classic stories, including fairy tales. It's not very original, but the cast and crew make it work pretty well.
Production Values: 3.5/5
Though this isn't a high-budget production, the cast and crew do pretty well; still, the lack of money is evident at times. Some of the performances aren't that great; Shawn-Caulin Young's portrayal of the goofy, dimwitted coffee-shop guy was a bit over the top. Where the movie really shines is the music; there isn't a bad performance to be seen.
Moral Content: 4.5/5
A "G" rating is a good sign of family-friendliness, and this movie definitely has it. There's little, if any, profane language; no drug use; and, the only violence is slapstick comedy. However, it foibles a bit in the realm of sexual content...but only a bit. Some of the outfits worn by female characters--including Kandi, the lead girl from Sensation, and even Elle--show a bit of skin. Other than that, there's nothing worse than kissing.
Conclusion: Music-based kiddie entertainment is everywhere these days, and Elle is a good example of it. Frankly, this movie isn't something you or your kids will want to watch again and again; it has a very telefilm feel to it, as if it was meant to be watched only once and then forgotten. Still, compared to much of the entertainment directed at children and teens these days, Elle is far more morally sound. This would make a good rental for a family movie night, but that's about it.
Final Score: 3.5/5