Bratz: Fashion Pixiez

  • Review Date: November 18, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 72 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A creepy, mean-spirited, stereotypical, confusing movie.
  • Review Date: November 18, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 72 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not inform.

Positive messages

The explicit message is that friends are supposed to stick together no matter what, but the more subtle messages involve how girls are supposed to look and act -- sexy, made-up, pretty, cool -- which gives young girls a very skewed perspective of gender.

Positive role models

The Bratz dolls care about: friendship, clothes, boys, being cool, and being popular. They're drawn as outrageously wide-eyed, long-haired, fashion-conscious young teens with lots of curves, flirtatious behavior, and often disregard important rules. Responsible adults are almost never seen. There's lots of ethnic diversity, but some characters-of-color are stereotypes.

Violence & scariness

Creepy pixie creatures from a "netherworld" inhabit much of this movie. Called "dark pixies," they surround the world in which the Bratz live, unseen but able to cast spells, fight against the "good pixies," and create havoc whenever possible. Scenes are bathed in darkness, with spooky music, cackling ravens, malevolent fairy-like beings, highlighted by an evil girl with magical powers who wishes to rule the pixie kingdom. There are fires, chases, characters are spirited into the unknown, an avalanche traps the Bratz girls, a mother vanishes as her two terrified little girls watch. A leading character appears to be dead through a long scene. Psychedelic lights and falling objects make some scenes additionally scary.

Sexy stuff

Lots of teasing and flirtatiousness, with the villainous Lina overtly trying to seduce and lure a Bratz boy into the forest. The Bratz characters all have well-developed, curvy bodies, breasts, and often wear very short skirts and midriff tops.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Bratz films are part of an extensive franchise of dolls, accessories, and games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One subtle reference to drugs: when a boy acts strangely, one of the girls asks him whether or not he got into the science teacher's chemistry supplies.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bratz: Fashion Pixiez is a very dark entry in the Bratz DVD franchise with a threatening villain who uses black magic and sexuality to lure the young Bratz girls and their friends into a sinister world where danger awaits. People appear, disappear, and are transported against their will. Mysterious events and mild-altering eyeglasses turn some of the Bratz kids into mean, self-centered, and self-destructive pixies. In one scene, two little girls watch in terror as their mother guides them to safety and then is taken from them, maybe forever, by a frightening storm.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

On the eve of the Magnolia Ball, there's a new girl in school: Lina is beautiful (with typical Bratz girl makeup, fashion, and curves), strange, and secretive. And at the very same time, maybe not by accident, Cloe, Sasha, Jade, and Yasmin are worried about their good friend Cymbeline, who has changed suddenly into a spoiled, pouty mean girl. Cymbeline's little sister Breanna is upset; Yasmin and Cloe want to help. Two by two, the Bratz are transported into a magical world inhabited by pixies from "the dark side," unsettling garden gnomes which come to life, evil spells, and black magic. It's an eerie mystery during which Lina's strange origins and her quest for power spell danger for all of them. The Bratz friends must work together to save Cymbeline, Breanna, and finally themselves.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The confusing story, grating electronic music, and dialogue which tries way too hard for hip and cool are offensive in this movie even by Bratz standards. Too many characters, plot elements, and disturbing action scenes make an almost incoherent plot even worse than it might have been.

Bratz movies are popular; some girls and tweens love them, but it appears that the producers take advantage of this fact and make films as cheaply and with as little thought as possible. In the case of Bratz: Fashion Pixiez mean girls rule, logic is in small supply, and no one worries about how scary or upsetting it may be to kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the many eerie and sometimes frightening scenes in this movie. Do you think they belong in a movie starring Bratz dolls? Think about some other kinds of stories you could write about Cloe, Sasha, Jade, and Yasmin. 

  • Cymbeline, Cloe, and Yasmin all become mean girls when they're under Lina's spell. How do you handle mean girls?

  • Why do you think this movie is called Fashion Pixiez? What does the story have to do with fashion? Do you think the title is designed to appeal to girls without revealing what the movie is really about?

Movie details

DVD release date:February 27, 2007
Cast:Ashleigh Ball, Britt McKillip, Chantal Strand
Director:Mucci Fassett
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Friendship
Run time:72 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 14 years old Written byKelly L.K. July 1, 2014
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Bratz: Fashion Pixiez is great!

Wow! What a fantastic, fashion-forward movie for young girls who love Bratz! It's one of my favorite Bratz movies. There are great action scenes that aren't too violent. There's a nice plot involving an antagonist and a protagonist. There's wonderful messages about the strength of family and friends and how your bonds with those people can overcome any evil you might face. And the clothes the characters wear are fabulous! I want to be a pixie myself so I can wear their outfits and have those pretty wings. It's a great movie with something happening in every scene. Also the music might be one of it's best aspects. The soundtrack on this film is seriously amazing. You can't help but dance, especially to the dark pixiez song in their lair. Their song has awesome bass beats and great vocals. The song is meant to be a trance and I wouldn't mind being enchanted by it! I could dance to it forever! The graphics and visuals are great, the girls are cute, and the lawn gnomes are hilarious! This is definitely one of the best Bratz movies. A must see for anyone.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old December 28, 2012
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Love it!

I loved this movie. Eversince, i had the DVD eversince i was un kindergarten! I love this movie!
Adult Written byTheGreatNoOne March 30, 2013
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Bratz are fashion dolls. Don't expect anything more from the movies.

It's something for girls who like fairies and magical things. Well, more for girls who like cool villains actually, and the movie delivers its sparkling dark style perfectly. If it entertained me it will entertain your younger ones. If we're speaking of quality story development and such, it definitely needs some major reworking. Plot? No sirs, it's gothic glam from here on out. I especially liked how the dark pixies' base was some hypnotic night club and their only weapon seemed to be dance. That was a nice touch. Don't think too hard and you'll enjoy it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

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