Bratz: BFF: Best Friends Forever

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Friendship message undermined by lots of makeup, flirting.
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 88 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Friendship and authenticity emphasized but undermined by focus on fashion, beating the competition, and hypersexualized makeup and outfits.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bratz stick up for their friends and underdogs, but rivals are treated unnecessarily harshly.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of slapstick hitting, shoving, and throwing things in anger.

Sexy Stuff

Lots of flirting, including a lesson on how to correctly pick up boys. Also very skimpy, sexy outfits and exaggerated makeup.

Language

Some mild name-calling.

Consumerism

The show is tied to a line of dolls and products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No real drinking, but drinks such as milk and smoothies are styled to look like alcoholic beverages.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bratz: BFF: Best Friends Forever contains four stories from the Bratz TV show. The tales feature the Bratz girls in lots of makeup and sexy outfits with a huge focus on looking good. Despite an emphasis on friendship and being yourself, the positive messages are mostly undermined by the superficiality. There's also some mild name-calling, temper tantrums that involve shoving and throwing things, and a lot of instructions on how to look good and pick up boys. Some parents also may be concerned about the movie's tie-in with a huge toy and accessory line.

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What's the story?

Each story features Cloe (Olivia Hack), Jade (Soleil Moon Fry), Sasha (Tia Mowry), and Yasmin (Dionne Quan) having adventures while running the Bratz magazine. In "Extremely Madeover," the Bratz hire a new office assistant, Prudence, who may or may not be a secret spy working for their rival, Burdine, who runs Your Thing magazine. In "The Cloe Life," Cloe is picked to star in a reality show about teen life and hopes it will kick off a life of stardom; little does she know that producer Portia is stirring up trouble behind her back. In "The Great Melting Pot," the Bratz girls struggle to put together an authentic American meal for a French fashion designer and learn a thing or two about what it means to be American. And in "Bye Bye Burdine," their rival magazine editor gets locked in a prison in Luxenstein, leaving her ditsy nieces to run Your Thing. As they turn the publication into a cartoon version of the National Enquirer, the Bratz struggle to keep up with the magazine's soaring ratings, while Burdine tries to prove her innocence.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how realistic the Bratz show is. Do you think most teen girls typically behave like the characters in the show?

  • Why do you think looks and fashion are so important to the girls? Do you think they're important aspects to focus on?

  • What positive messages and role models can you find here?

Movie details

For kids who love tween tales

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