Godmothered (2020)

Be Careful Who You Wish For

Isla plays Mackenzie Walsh

Director: Sharon Maguire
Writer(s): Kari Granlund and Melissa Stack
Genre: Disney, Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Budget: Filmed in Massachusetts, USA from January to April 2020
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Set at Christmas time, “Godmothered” is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell), who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “happily ever after,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.



Jillian Bell … as Eleanor
Willa Skye … as Mia
Jillian Shea Spaeder … as Jane
Santiago Cabrera… as Hugh
June Squibb … as Agnes
Mary Elizabeth Ellis… as Paula
Jane Curtin … as Moira
Erica Parks … as Young Mackenzie


International Release Dates

Worldwide – December 4th, on Disney+


Character Information




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• Was initially titled ‘Frills’


Quotes: Isla, Cast & Crew

Isla Fisher: “There are so many great elements in this movie. There’s magic, there’s humor, there’s the connection between the two women–you root for them, you care about them. It’s a buddy comedy. It’s something that I think that families will all enjoy. And most importantly it’s set at Christmas which is everybody’s favorite time of the year.”

Isla Fisher: “I loved the emotional arc of Mackenzie. How she begins as a woman who is sort of self-sacrificing and putting her kids’ needs first and really trying to heal herself after the death of her husband. She’s frustrated emotionally because she is trying to raise her children but she can’t be vulnerable in front of them. She needs to be in charge and sort of models someone who’s coping while secretly she’s heartbroken over the death of her husband. And to see her awakened by this fairy godmother into a person who can have fun and occasionally spoil herself, who learns to love life again.”

Isla Fisher: “Mackenzie realizes that her true love is her children and they were in front of her the whole time. But due to so many ingredients – an unhappy job, struggling economically, feeling sort of overwhelmed as a single mom, she was unable to actually see the magic that was in front of her. I think a lot of mothers will relate to her. ‘Happily ever after’ doesn’t need to come from a fairy tale. ‘Happily ever after’ can come from helping others, being of service, being the best version of yourself, being of service and caring for each other, like Mackenzie and Eleanor do in the end and living in a world in which we all support each other. That’s ‘happily ever after’.”

Isla Fisher: “I love working with Jillian. She has a ton of energy. She’s so funny. She makes me laugh every day. She’s just so much fun and she just creates a really fun vibe on set. And she’s absolutely perfect as Eleanor.”

Isla Fisher: “It’s so fun working with Sharon. I was a big fan of ‘Bridget Jones’ and she really is a thoughtful director who can discuss the emotional landscape of your character. She’s very good technically. She loves to keep the camera moving. She allows you to do an improv take. She’s able to walk that fine line where we can laugh but we still have heart.”

Isla Fisher: “What’s fun about this story is that we kind of think of it as a hybrid of Broadcast News meets Elf. We’ve got a lot of physical comedy and a lot of sight gags and slapstick. And then we have also word play.”

Isla Fisher: “For young girls watching, happily ever after doesn’t necessarily have to include a castle, a prince and a dress. It can be the blessings you have in your life, whether it’s your family or work.”

Isla Fisher: “Obviously a lot of the fairy tales are a little bit offensive. They’re pushing a certain type of male story of being rescued by a prince, or where a woman is without a other, or has a witch as a stepmother. As a parent, they don’t necessarily match my ideals, so I’ve tried to reform them and restructure them, exchanging words like beautiful for good or smart, because you want to subvert the stereotypes that are there because the stories are so old.”

Isla Fisher: “I must admit that most of the jokes that come to mind most of my time on this planet are filthy, puerile… and not appropriate. So, thank goodness Jillian was able to be so fantastic in a very G-rated way.”

Jillian Bell: “Isla’s brilliant. She’s hysterical and she’s so good in this. She’s so incredibly talented and she has some really funny moments of doing physical comedy within the scenes. She is the most beautiful clown I’ve ever worked with.”

Sharon Maguire (director): “I think audiences will be amazed at seeing Isla play a tired, cynical, forty-something Boston single mom, which in many ways is like the Bill Murray role in ‘Groundhog Day.”

Justin Springer (producer): “Isla Fisher’s been in some of the funniest movies over the last twenty years and has become a household name in comedy.To have her play the mom and a woman who’s become a bit of a cynic and is ultimately transformed by this fairy godmother felt really exciting to us.”


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AV Club: “Isla Fisher is a comedic firecracker who’s never quite gotten her due in Hollywood. Despite scene-stealing roles in everything from Wedding Crashers to Bachelorette to the last few seasons of Arrested Development, she might still be best known for getting regularly confused with her Nocturnal Animals co-star Amy Adams. In a rare straight-woman turn, the ever-likable actor pulls off the trickier-than-it-looks task of playing a character who’s perpetually annoyed without being annoying to watch.”




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Last Updated: November 21st 2020