Eloise at the Plaza

Theatrical Release: January 5, 2004
DVD Release: January 5, 2004
Eloise at the Plaza


Based on the best-selling children’s classic, “Eloise at the Plaza” brings one of literature’s most beloved characters to life in a new heartwarming and hilarious movie. Eloise (Sofia Vassilieva) is a fun-loving little girl with a knack for finding adventure every place she looks. While under the care of her “rawther” wonderful nanny (Julie Andrews), Eloise tries to play matchmaker to a lonely prince and wrangle an invitation to the society event of the season.

Dove Review

In the language of Eloise, this movie is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Julie Andrews and Sofia Vassilieva are perfectly cast, as is everyone else in this movie. Eloise is a rambunctious little girl who wants to go to the débutante ball as her mother (who is in Paris) did – but just for practice since she is only six. Along the way, she causes a bit of trouble for the serious people trying to flawlessly run this five-star hotel. Eloise is bright, funny, and very entertaining. She does “need” to have one “yelling fit,” which she explains was necessary to get her mission done. She is very caring toward people, but her personality is impatient with those who ignore her or try to make her do what she doesn’t set out to do. This movie is great for those who loved the book, and also great for those who want to discover the book!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: Eloise’s character repeatedly exclaims, “Oh my Lord…” For example, “Oh my Lord, there’s so much to do.”
Violence: None
Drugs: Nanny drinks a martini; later that evening nanny is also drinking a beer and yelling at the boxers on television (she is not smoking, however, like the character in the book); a sad guy says, “I don’t drink, but I’m thinking I should.” He later sips a drink and spits it out on the bartender.
Nudity: None
Other: Eloise engages in some mischief, for instance, she pours water down the mail chute. She goes through people’s dirty laundry trying to find clues. She turns the clock back all the time to frustrate the hotel manager.


Company: Buena Vista Home Video
Writer: Kay Thompson
Director: Kevin Lima
Genre: Children
Runtime: 88 min.
Starring: Julie Andrews; Sofia Vassilieva; Kenneth Welsh; Jeffrey Tambor
Reviewer: Linda Eagle