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Eloise in Springtime

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Eloise antics, plus lying and more problematic behavior.

Movie NR 2008 45 minutes
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While some may admire Eloise’s confidence and independence, most parents would cringe at the disrespectful way she treats her tutor and the next-door neighbor who comes to her rescue. Living at a fancy hotel has also given her a sense of entitlement a mile wide, ordering up endless room service and running roughshod through the lobby. Still, it is Nicole's behavior that is really troublesome, as kids get a confusing message of a fun, loving sitter who lies through her teeth. At least the lies catch up with both Nicole and Eloise, who are made to see the impact of their actions.

The relationship between Nanny and Eloise is always sweet, and viewers get a sense of the deep affection and love between the characters. Nanny is also very close with her brother, a nicely depicted adult sibling relationship. But every Eloise story begs the question -- where's Mother? This time she was in Paris and unable to get away when Nanny was going on vacation. Even with an ending that focuses on the importance of love, the most loving presence in Eloise's life is the hired help.

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