Saturday morning I had 10 little girls, ages 8-11 over to watch a movie. The clubhouse of my apartment complex has a special movie theater with surround sound and big soft chairs with cup holders, so I thought a private showing of Enchanted was in order.
I got us pizza and REALLY sweet soda and popped some popcorn and hit the lights. We watched the movie and were on cloud 9.
At the end of the movie we all sat around outside dipping our legs in the water of the pool and talked about the movie. Which is when I participated in this conversation:
Girl #1:"That is the greatest movie, I love it when they sing in the park:
Girl #2:"Me too. (pause) Do you think that Giselle and Robert got married in the end?"
Girl #1:"I don't know....I hope so."
Girl #2:"Katie, did they get married in the end like the cartoon prince and that brown haired girl did?"
Me:"Hmmmm, I don't really know."
Girl #2:"I really hope they did."
I've been thinking about this non-stop since then. I didn't even notice that the cartoon "fantasy" couple got married and the other "real" one didn't. Is there some kind of mild messaging in this movie saying that getting married is more of a fantasy than long-term dating? Thoughts?