A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Eloise Goes to School gives children some exposure to the routines of elementary school, particularly private school.
Eloise Goes to School espouses the importance of being yourself, and learning to stand up for yourself, especially to bullies.
Positive Role Models
Eloise offers some behavior worth emulating here: She stands up for herself, apologizes for improper behavior, and makes amends for relationships she has damaged.
Violence & Scariness
There are a few minor instances of bullying and mocking that may upset kids who have been bullied or young kids who have not been exposed to the behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Eloise Goes to School features a few scenes of bullying, which involve fairly innocuous name-calling but lots of mean-spirited laughing. Also, we see Eloise quitting something she had previously committed to doing. However, she makes clear her reasons for quitting and works to find a solution to the problem quitting has created. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Eloise moves beyond her typical brattish behavior at The Plaza and into the stuffier environs of a private school, where she surprisingly manages to produce more mimic-worthy behavior. Although she bucks under the strict guidance of Mrs. Hedwig, she still models some important lessons about maintaining a bit of yourself even in the most rigid situations. And more importantly, she teaches some of the more indoctrinated kids how to stand up for themselves, and to bullies.
Fans of Eloise will still enjoy the antics of this rich kid who moves to the beat of her own very expensive, entitled drum, but parents will actually find a solid bit of wisdom here for school-aged kids in how to navigate this new, often scary terrain.
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