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Me, Eloise

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Eloise's mischief, lying get her into trouble (again).
  • NR
  • 2006
  • 44 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Me, Eloise gives children some exposure to the routine of a practicing child musician and Japanese culture.

Positive Messages

There are some positive messages here about friendship and the importance of fun and adventure in a child's life, particularly as a counter to an overly structured routine. However, much of this mischief and adventure is procured in direct violation of the rules, often with dishonesty and manipulation. Also, the Japanese classical musician whose life is all work and no play may strike some parents as a bothersome stereotype.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Eloise is a typical child in many ways -- sometimes difficult and sometimes bratty -- but she also chronically ignores rules and is consistently dishonest to get her way.

Violence & Scariness

Briefly, Eloise and her friend Yuko are locked in a laundry room, but are eventually discovered.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Me, Eloise features the mischievous Eloise up to her usual antics: lying, manipulating, and defying the rules to have a little fun. She eventually takes responsibility for her actions, but the majority of her behavior is not the sort most parents want their children to emulate, and there are no consequences for her offenses.

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What's the story?

It's Eloise's (voiced by Mary Mouser) 6th birthday, and instead of big excitement for her special day, the Plaza is bustling with anticipation of the arrival of a Japanese family with an 8-year-old daughter, Yuko, who happens to be an accomplished violinist. Can Eloise overcome her jealousy and help Yuko adjust to hotel living, especially without getting into trouble?

Is it any good?

Kids will enjoy Eloise's adventures and mischief here, and the fun side plot of the accomplished violinist who could use a little fun. But while Eloise's life -- a rich kid raised by a nanny in a hotel while her mother is chronically absent -- makes for an interesting world, her behavior, a combination of brattiness, dishonesty, and entitlement, is fairly incorrigible. Parents may be a little unsure about Eloise's devious behavior as a good role model for kids. Side note: Her friend, the Japanese classical musician whose life is all work and no play, may strike some parents as a bothersome stereotype.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about rules. Why are rules important? What happened to Eloise when she disobeyed the rules? What are some important rules at your house?

  • Did Eloise get in trouble for lying? Why is it important to tell the truth?

  • Becoming accomplished at a musical instrument takes a lot of dedication and practice. Are you interested in playing an instrument? Which one?

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