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Bratz Review

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  • 2.0

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  • 0

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The most horrifying film of 2007, Bratz is based on the popular line of collagen-lipped, doe-eyed slut-ette dolls and their male companions, "the boys with a passion for fashion ... and the Bratz!" (In other words, they're bi-curious.)

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  • 38

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A silly movie that's essentially a series of clichés strung together into a semblance of a movie.

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  • 42

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    Entertainment Weekly

    A movie based on a doll line, is an M&M-colored high school fantasia for aspirational 10- and 12-year-old girls who'll be shocked (or, hopefully, delighted) when they get to ninth grade and find out life isn't so super-Bratz-fabulous.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Finally, a postfeminist multicultural musical extravaganza for 8-year-old girls. Is Bratz not the most totally stylin' movie ever? Grownups won't think so, but for their daughters who share a "passion for fashion" with the dolls that are giving Barbie a run for her money, it will be the event of the season.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 8+

Material girls in immaterial comedy for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie derives from a popular line of dolls on the market with an outrageous arsenal of fashion accessories. A pro-shopping, pro-consumerism message underlies all the preaching about acceptance, confidence, standing by your friends, etc. There's a heavy emphasis on physical appearance; overweight or plain-looking girls are not very much in evidence. Food fights happen more than once.

  • Families can talk about whether the movie promotes an enlightened attitude, or lots of clothing, accessories, and Bratz dolls. Could its message have come across without all the materialism? What's the appeal of the Bratz dolls in the first place?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The four heroines are multi-cultural and (mostly) confident in their abilities and friendships. Furthermore, they dare to socialize with people outside their clique at school, and one even urges her divorced parents to be civil to each other. There's a big qualifier though -- as befits characters based on a product toy line -- that they're fixated on fashion and material possessions (Buy! Buy! Buy!). Some stereotyping: the Asian-descended one is a science-math whiz. A boyfriend character is deaf, but defies the disability.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Some slapstick pratfalls, food fights, and a hostile athlete gets martial-arts punched (and impressed) by a science student.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: A few provocative or tight dresses on the girls, and bikinis at poolside.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: Not only are the main characters inspired by a line of toys, they're surrounded by (and practically engulfed in) brand-name clothing, cars, computers (Apple, of course), and a shopping-as-empowerment message.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue