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Thursday, September 1, 2016
Dear Eleanor (2015)
This is a very whimsical movie where everything turns out
for the best, but it could have gone so much differently.Ellie is 15 years old and life is challenging
for her.Her mother was supposed to
introduce Eleanor Roosevelt at a local event but instead she was killed in a
car accident.Ellie’s father, ably
played by Luke Wilson, is bereft and not functioning at all well, and his five
children, most of whom are quite small, are flailing too.Ellie’s best friend Maxine writes a letter to
Eleanor Roosevelt telling her of her friends’ plight, and a boy that badly
wants Max to love him writes an answer and signs it ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’.It is a wonderful plot devise that moves the
story forward in an unexpected direction but no one is made out to be the bad
guy.Ellie and Max take Ellie’s mother’s
car and set off cross country to see Eleanor Roosevelt, without a map or much
of a plan.The girls get into a number
of interesting situations along the way, and while none of this sounds
enticing, the script is great and the acting is as well, and it is a fun and
thought provoking movie.
Mother of four boys.
Co-owner of three dogs.
No cats, no fish, no birds.
I watch movies.
I quilt and I embroider.
I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a neighbor, and a friend.