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|Eloise At Christmastime|
Actors: Julie Andrews, Sofia Vassilieva, Kenneth Welsh, Debra Monk, Gavin Creel
Director: Kevin Lima
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Television
WHILE ELOISE & HER NANNY PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS, THE PLAZA IS BUZZING WITH EXCITEMENT OVER THE CHRISTMAS EVE WEDDING OF RACHEL, THE OWNER'S DAUGHTER. IT'S UP TO ELOISE TO MAKE SURE 'TRUE LOVE' PREVAILS & RACHEL DOESN'T M... more »
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Eliza M. from CORBETT, OR
Reviewed on 2/9/2014...
The is a fun movie! We like it and our grandchildren really enjoy it.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Kelly L. from LITTLE ROCK, AR
Reviewed on 7/2/2012...
My daughter and I watch this every Christmas. It's a classic and a family favorite!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Darren Sorgea | USA | 12/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eloise, she is such fun. And I wish that I could live in the Plaza and share her adventures, and be her 'Mostly Companion.' Eloise played by Sophia Vassilieva was a perfect choice and was absolutely divine. And of course Julie Andrews!!! She is wonderful!
Everyone, in this film, is just so wonderful, that you feel that you are there! Everything is realistic, but make believe at the same time! Eloise, the clever, bratty, fun, loveable, sweet, and so caring is just the character that little girls love!
This movie is about 4 really main characters: Eloise (of course), Bill (the waiter) Nanny (Nanny), and Rachel, (The Plaza owners daughter). Eloise becomes involved in matchmaking. When Rachel returns from college with her fiance, Eloise and her become friends. And she finds out that Rachel loved the plaza when she was her age. She also finds out that her and Bill are old sweethearts and still secretly in love, against the will of her father who wants her to marry someone of importance.
And Brooks, her fiance is in his opinion perfect. But Eloise discovers Brookes secret, and contrives plots to get him out of the way and to put Bill in his place. Whether it's being kidnapped, spying, or helping the awful Mrs. Thornton have a Merry Christmas, Kevin Lima makes Eloise shine in the true spirit of the holidays!
I love, love, LOVE Christmas!
Mommy to two | 12/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fantastic movie. It is funny like all of the series, and is a lesson of trusting your heart. In this story, Rachel, (Mr. Peebody's daughter) decides to get married. The poor waiter, Bill, is heartbroken when he hears, and Eloise decides to take matters into her own hands (you know what that means!). This is a exciting movie that my "Nanny" and I love to watch together(and read.)
Love, Eloise's most adoring fans, Erica and Nanny"
Eloise is such fun!!
Adorem | 12/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eloise is a six-year-old girl. While her mom travels the world, Eloise (Sofia Vassilieva) spends most of her time in New York City's Plaza Hotel, where she lives with her "mostly companion", rawther British Nanny (Julie Andrews). Eloise has quite the reputation at the Plaza; all of the employees know her routine daily adventures of curiousity and mischief.
Eloise at Christmastime is the second Wonderful World of Disney television movie adapted from Kay Thompson's popular line of picture books. Filmed directly after Eloise at the Plaza, this 2003 film retains director Kevin Lima and all of the relevant cast of its predecessor.
It's Christmastime in New York City, and Eloise anticipates her mother's return home. Meanwhile, in her ritual explorations, Eloise discovers a different return: the daughter (Sara Topham) of Plaza owner Mr. Peabody (Victor Young) has come home to be married on Christmas Eve to Brooks Oliver (Rick Roberts), a Harvard-educated young man that Eloise has her suspicions about.
Eloise's journeys around the Plaza also uncover that the crabby Mrs. Thornton's days at the Plaza may be numbered, though not as she first assumes. And the precocious girl later learns that her best friend and regular room service provider Bill (Gavin Creel), still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend, the soon-to-be-wed Rachel Peabody who he hasn't seen in years.
The film is comfortable in exploring the Plaza with the same pace and perspective of its rambunctious young matchmaker protagonist. It's never in any hurry to bring you the upbeat conclusion you seem to anticipate, instead choosing to bask in the drama and fun of Eloise's experiences.
From the title, you can imagine that Christmas figures largely in the film, and it does. We see Eloise going shopping around Manhattan (her ease contrasts with Nanny's struggle to find the perfect gift for Sir Wilkes), adding to her growing list of things she'd like to get, and inadvertently and repeatedly thwarting Nanny's efforts to decorate their suite. But Christmas is one element and not the entire film, so we're not simply getting the same character-transformation tale that's been played out in countless other holiday TV movies.
The central story actually seems better developed and more compelling than the screenplay for Eloise at the Plaza did. Whereas that one split its interest more evenly between its royalty and romance subplots, this film primarily focuses on the potential between Bill and Rachel, and Eloise's efforts to put them together. The setting of Christmas adds a layer of depth, but never dominates.
All in all, Christmastime succeeds as much as and even more than Plaza, again making good use of Eloise's infectious spirit and this time for a more engaging story. Julie Andrews and the remarkable Sofia Vassilieva have winning chemistry, and their characters' relationship adds a bit of resonance to make the rest of this jovial comedy echo a little more poignantly. Even if it's a tiny bit formulaic, Eloise at Christmastime compares favorably with a good amount of the theatrical live action fare that Walt Disney Pictures have put out in recent years.
You will simply love this movie, its one to have in your collection!