Eloise in Hollywood



Plucky, hotel-hopping heroine meets child stars.
  • Review Date: March 7, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 45 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Eloise's exuberance sometimes strays into dangerous behavior, as when she sneaks away on the train. A rude character gets her comeuppance and begs for a second chance, which Eloise engineers through duplicitous means. Nanny is a warm and loving presence who almost makes up for Eloise's absentee parents.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable

Nanny says "Oh My Lord" and "God Save the Queen" just like in the books.


Adult viewers may want to book a suite at the Plaza Hotel in NY or the Hollywood Hills Hotel after seeing this, but it's not likely to affect the kids much.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in the unexpected and prolonged absence of Mommy, Eloise and her beloved Nanny check out of the Plaza Hotel in NYC to take an exciting visit to Hollywood. Along the way Eloise meets a spoiled child star or two and gets a reality check about what it's really like to be a movie actress. Eloise engineers a second chance for another character, but does so in a manner that includes lying, helped by the trusted adults in her life.

What's the story?

Based on the popular series by Kay Thompson, this straight-to-DVD movie finds precocious 6-year-old Eloise (voiced by Mary Matilyn Mouser) still living at the Plaza Hotel and being waited on by its adoring staff as she looks forward to seeing her mother at last. When Nanny (voiced by (Lynn Redgrave) gets a call that Mommy has been called away on business for another two weeks, we get a glimpse of the sadness that all the room service in the world can't make up for. However Eloise gets a nice consolation prize in the form of a visit to Hollywood under the protective generosity of Mommy's much-discussed, never-seen friend, producer Mr. Murcheson. Eloise's adventure in Hollywood includes chauffeur-driven limousines and suites at the Hollywood Hills Hotel, and an inside chance to audition for a bit part in one of Mr. Murcheson's movies.

Is it any good?


Some parents might consider Eloise a bit fresh and self-centered, but here she's down-to-earth and hard-working compared to aspiring child actors she meets on her trip. With Nanny's constant and stable guidance, Eloise learns what it's really like to be an actress, and she's not sure she likes what she sees. The movie does a good job of illustrating the negatives of the movie business, and is probably a good way to initiate a conversation with the star-struck girls between 4 and 9 who will enjoy this most.

One of Eloise's most endearing traits is her great imagination and energy, and the video does a nice job of bringing that to life. The scenes of how Eloise kills time during the inevitable waiting, for auditions and for scenes to be shot, are amusing. And the dialogue is true to the book, with Nanny issuing edicts in triplicate and Eloise introducing herself as "Hi I'm Eloise I Am Six" as though it's her full name.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what Eloise learns about the movie-making business when she gets her big break. Do you think you'd like to move from hotel to hotel like Eloise does? What do you think about the way that Eloise, Nanny, and Monty help Debbie -- was there a more honest way they could have done that?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 13, 2007
DVD release date:March 13, 2007
Cast:Lynn Redgrave, Mary Matilyn Mouser, Tim Curry
Director:Wesley Archer
Studio:Starz Media
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:45 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 16 years old Written byPinkarray January 31, 2015

Better to pick if you're curious, but teenagers will not likely be entranced by this for a long time

Kids will likely get a kick out of Eloise but teenagers would likely be disappointed. She's not a fun girl sometimes, in this one, she goes to Hollywood after her mother has suggested her to be an actress. She goes to meet Debbie Lincoln, a girl that we think we'd like until she begins to disrespect the actors and the director and then she apologizes. Tiring the director out, he decides to replace her with Eloise. At first, she was doing fine until Diego became overly strict with her as she was acting the role, I'm sure he was trying to make the best movie possible but he's still too strict for a kid to have. There is no good lessons to be found here. This little girl gets on my nerves with her bad behaviors and is literally going to get kids to act the way she does with her overly big imagination. Just pick something else, it's fun, but not fun enough that the teenagers will turn it off and want to watch something different.
Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written bymoviemama35 March 27, 2010

Not appropriate - for any age

I think Elosie is spoiled and a horrible role model for children. She is self centered and lies to get what she wants.
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008


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