Bratz: The Movie

A peer pressure cooker, Bratz shouts, dances and sings the message that its cool to
dress the way you want and think the way you want, even if that means not joining
a group that just pretends to be cool.

Even the actresses who play the bratz look
like ordinary teenagers; they’re pretty, but not ravishingly beautiful.

In fact, maybe
we could look that good too, if we just felt that good about ourselves, and had a hefty budget to spend on wardrobe.

Before high school starts in the fall, the fearless foursome
vow stay best friends, no matter what happens. For a few brave moments they remain
true to themselves, arms linked, walking straight past bossy and blond Meredith Baxter
who develops a taste for revenge right from the start.

Even without Meredith’s controlling influence, the ethos of Carry Nation High – famous already for its strangely
placed principal, Jon Voight, works its evil magic.

Soon each of the girls has joined
an exclusive club and hasn’t time for her friends. The clubs in themselves aren’t bad: no one would knock soccer or science. Rather, it’s the fact that the girls are forced to choose between clubs or friends.

The girls become a team again when they decide to help Cloe’s single mom cater the event of the year, Meredith’s second sweet sixteen birthday party, as seen on MTV. The girls not only cook the food, they debase themselves by dressing
in clown costumes to serve the food at the party.

Of course they work out a way to look cute, but not as cute as Meredith when she falls off an elephant into the swimming pool.

A fast moving piece of eye candy shot by cinematographer Christian Sebaldt, the film is fun to watch even if no one’s high school days could possibly live up to that. Sigh of relief. Funny what grownups think girls, of any age, are supposed to like.

Release Date: August 3, 2007
Run Time: 110 min.
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy/Family.
Cast: John Voight, Logan Browning, Janel Parrish, Nathalia Ramos,
Skyler Shaye, Chelsea Staub
Director: Sean McNamara
Stars: 2 1/2

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