Very School Gyrls Holla-Day

Common Sense Media says

Teen pop group's holiday special is too sexed up for tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show makes a half-hearted attempt at positive messages through the development of unexpected friendships in the story, and it does boast a multicultural cast, but the positive content is lost amid the characters’ snooty, self-centered attitudes; use of sex appeal in musical segments; and generally unappealing behavior. Crude humor includes sounds of indigestion and a man rushing to the bathroom multiple times after accidentally ingesting diuretics.

Positive role models

The girls have attitude to spare, and they lay it on thick with lots of hair flips and snooty glances. The lone authority figure -- a security officer -- is cast as lazy, inept, and easily coerced by amateur criminals.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Teen girls dress in short skirts and tight shirts, and they flaunt their bodies for emphasis in conversation and in song. A man sneaks a peak at a woman’s butt when she bends over, and Jackee turns to mush when she meets her crush. Girls talk about guys being “hot.” Some of the Christmas song lyrics are changed to include references to kissing, etc.

Language

The girls use terms like “dopest,” as well as “butt” and “oh my God.”

Consumerism

The special is intended to promote the stars’ own versions of Christmas carols, as well as a couple of original songs, which are available for fans to download.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Would-be thieves drug a security officer by adding diuretics to his drink.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this holiday special from Nick Cannon’s protégé teen pop group is heavy on iffy messages for its intended tween audience. The stars have more attitude than holiday cheer, and everything from their clothing style (tight shirts and very short skirts) to their body language will give parents reason to have their own girls avoid it. The special caters to strategically placed breakout song-and-dance numbers, and the girls don’t miss a beat in putting some sexy undertones to the lyrics and their dance styles.

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What's the story?

A VERY SCHOOL GYRLS HOLLA-DAY begins with elderly incarnations of Mandy (Mandy Moseley), Mo’ Money (Monica Parales), and Jackee (Jacque Pyles) recounting a tale of one of their first holidays together as teens, when a last-minute Christmas Eve shopping trip turned into an accidental overnighter at the mall. Locked in for the night with rivals Shadizzle (Shade Austin) and Fiyah (Lauren Brianna Chavez), the girls stumble upon two incompetent thieves with their sights set on a jewelry store’s treasures. With the mall cop (Nick Cannon) out of commission, it’s up to the quintet to set aside their differences and foil the criminals’ plans.

Is it any good?

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Let’s be clear: This special's plot is less about driving a story and more about filling the gaps between the singers’ musical segments. The girls’ teen queen attitudes are in full swing, and it’s a sure bet that parents won’t want their daughters mimicking the stars’ behavior or body language (eye rolling, hair flipping -- you get the picture). There's a likable subplot surrounding the girls’ developing friendship, but there’s a lot of muck to muddle through to find even that positive message.

The real star of the show is the music itself, and the quintet (the original three band members are joined by Austin and Chavez) is undeniably talented. Unfortunately, though, they don’t let their skills simply speak for themselves, instead sexing up the lyrics (their rendition of "The 12 Days of Christmas" is about falling in love and "kissing under the mistletoe," for instance) and video too much for their young audience. Bottom line? There are so many options for wholesome holiday entertainment that there’s no reason to subject your kids to the negative messages here.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the special's messages. What was its purpose? Do you think it was geared toward advertising the group’s music, or did it really entertain? What did its content imply about adults?

  • Tweens: Do you like this group’s music? Had you heard of them before you saw it? How does seeing them in action change your impression of the girls? Do you think they’re anything like their characters in real life? Why or why not?

  • What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Are there special movies you watch, music you listen to, or pastimes you enjoy as a family? How are your traditions shaped by your family’s culture, ethnicity, or religion? 

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Teen, 14 years old Written byheymonday101 January 31, 2011
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9
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It's "HOLLA-DAY", not "holiday"

Kay. Haven't seen it, but what I see here is "HOLLA-day", not "traditional peppy Christmas". They're supposed to be a girl group, not a church choir. Lighten up.

Teen, 13 years old Written bytrueluvful January 15, 2011
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10
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perfect for any age under adult

I love this movie because it gives people who watch it a little taste of what true frendship really is and what it's like to live in a bording school.Adults probably wouldn't like this movie because it's more for kids,tweens,and teens.

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Great messages
Kid, 10 years old Written byLupinta32112345 December 20, 2010
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8
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School Gyrls

I like it but it uses words like dope and stuff

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