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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
On one hand, the movie's focus is on embracing different cultures and classes and learning the true meaning of the holidays. On the other, Eloise is a child with very little supervision and an unrealistic idea of her impact on the less fortunate.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this is essentially a feel-good Christmas story, the DVD touches on -– but never fully addresses –- homelessness and the absence of the main character's parents. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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