This is a must-see movie for grandparents seeking custody, particularly if the opposing parties are really the paternal grandparents vs. the maternal grandparents. In a complex fact pattern, everyone gets it right in the end, after a movie filled with struggles. All looked after the seven-year-old Eloise’s best interests, although it was certainly shaky for a while in the movie.
Kevin Costner plays Elliott Anders, a grandfather, who, with his wife Carol, is raising their granddaughter, cute and vivacious Eloise. Carol and Elliott’s daughter died of congenital heart disease giving birth to cute, seven-year-old Eloise, who lives with Elliott and Carol. Then, Carol dies suddenly in a car accident. Eloise is in the third grade at an advanced school in Los Angeles. Grandfather Elliott is immediately in the primary parent position with lots of new skill sets to learn, not to mention the grieving for his wife’s sudden death.