Eloise Goes to School

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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A less bratty Eloise learns to handle bullies.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 47 minutes

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Educational Value

Eloise Goes to School gives children some exposure to the routines of elementary school, particularly private school.

Positive Messages

Eloise Goes to School espouses the importance of being yourself, and learning to stand up for yourself, especially to bullies.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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What's the story?

When Eloise annoys her tutor for the last time, it's off to private school for the free-spirited mischief-maker, but none of Eloise's usual antics fly at Hawthorne Prep. Can she fit in with a stricter regime, or will she find herself back at The Plaza with no educational opportunities?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about when it's appropriate to quit something. We are often told we should always finish what we start, but are there instances where quitting is OK? Have you ever decided you no longer wanted to participate in a game, a sport, or activity? How did you handle it? Was it the right thing to do?

  • Standing up for yourself is an important skill, but it's not the only way to handle a bully. Have you ever dealt with a bully? How did you handle it? What was the outcome?

  • Eloise learned the importance of being in spaces where she could be herself, but she also learned something about the importance of rules and respectful behavior. Have you ever had to learn how to get along with others in a situation outside of your comfort zone? How did you react?

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