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Eloise: Little Miss Christmas

By Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Frothy holiday tale glosses over serious themes.

Movie NR 2006 66 minutes
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Crafted as a heartwarming, culturally inclusive holiday tale, Little Miss Christmas makes a decent effort but falls a little short. More-serious issues don't receive the same attention as the festivities. The stark class difference between the affluent Eloise and the down-on-their-luck flower vendors is painfully obvious but barely explored. When Eloise's Mom (who travels a lot) does arrive at the show, we don't even see her face, and she isn't visible in a final group scene.

Little Miss Christmas seems to send a mixed message. Eloise and her friends realize that Christmas isn't about ballrooms or gifts, but rather love and sharing. But unwrapping presents is still a big highlight after the show. And despite Eloise's offer, the reality is that Matteus and his mom will return to their cramped, cold van in the evening, while Plaza residents order room service and snuggle under down comforters. Sadly, all the caroling, eggnog, and fancy ice sculptures won't change that fact.

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