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Whilst Eloise was in a relationship with Francie's brother, they were the best of friends; they were so close that Francie asked Eloise to be the Maid Of Honour at her wedding to her fiancé Doug. When Eloise is dumped (via text) by her boyfriend she loses the friendship of Francie too and finds herself being removed from the coveted role of Maid Of Honour.

The wedding date draws closer and Eloise battles with the decision as to if she should go to Francie's big day or not - even RSVPing with a scribbled out 'not attending' box. Finally the day arrives and Eloise instantly becomes regretful about attending.

With no plus one to keep her company and the only people she knows quite clearly distancing themselves from Eloise, she feels very alone and the day suddenly becomes one that she must 'just get through'. As their table places are assigned she sees that she's at the back of the room on table 19 along with all the other ragtag guests.

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Spellbound (2002) Review


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Jeffrey Blitz's Spellbound focuses its gaze on eight children as they make their way to the annual National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The subjects Blitz chose for his fascinating documentary come in all shapes and sizes - combined, they represent a variety of points along the U.S.'s educational, financial, and social spectrums - and yet the film is primarily pleasurable because of the commonality found among the members of this motley group. These impressively intelligent pre-teens haven't all reached the National Spelling Bee via the same route, but what's gotten them there is an intense motivation and thirst for knowledge, educational excellence, and competition.

Blitz's film spends its first half introducing us to the kids (and their families), and the second half focusing on their performances at the Nationals. The director takes us inside the wildly different homes of these eight spelling champion hopefuls, and what he reveals is a cross-section of American youth - from Ashley, a cheerful African-American girl who lives with her single mom in Washington's inner city, to Angela, whose immigrant Mexican parents don't speak any English, to Emily, who lives an affluent and privileged life in New Haven, Connecticut. Some, such as an East Indian boy named Neil, have loving but strict parents who push their children to study tirelessly for the contest. Others, such as Angela and Pennsylvania-born April, seem to have developed their remarkable work habits without any parental guidance. Many have siblings with prior success at the Nationals, while one, a strapping Missourian named Ted, had never even heard of the Bee until he won a regional spelling match a few months prior to the big event.

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