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Bratz: BFF: Best Friends Forever

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Friendship message undermined by lots of makeup, flirting.

Movie NR 2011 88 minutes
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Some of the plot points will probably be entertaining to young kids (there are a lot of obviously scheming villains and slapstick silliness that's mildly entertaining). But the styling of the Bratz girls and the vapid themes probably will be abhorrent to most parents. Even though the Bratz girls always prove themselves to be loyal friends and spout a lot of positive messages about supporting each other and being yourself, it's mostly undermined by the goals the girls are trying to attain. While they push that you "gotta be you" and "what makes you different makes you special, too," they also spend a lot of time teaching Prudence how to behave differently so she can learn how to flirt with and impress boys. The emphasis on looking good, becoming famous, and meeting celebrities is always present.

Also, the appearance of the characters is more than mildly disturbing. They all wear incredibly revealing outfits with short skirts and cropped tops that emphasis their teeny-tiny waists and big hips and chests, all topped by an obscene amount of makeup. The moderately positive messages don't speak loud enough to cover up the superficiality.

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