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Bratz: Girlz Really Rock

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Sexualized kids' characters meet Camp Rock.
  • Review Date: August 27, 2008
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 82 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A well-trod tale of friends deciding to go it alone for a competition, only to realize that they have more fun when working together as a team. A seemingly mean girl is given a chance by the four friends and develops into a friendly and sympathetic character. At camp the kids have little if any supervision; adults are either mean, clueless, or completely absent.

Violence & scariness

Hijinks with water balloons is as bad as it gets.

Sexy stuff

Skimpy clothes and high-heeled shoes are the trademark trampy look for the characters, who nonetheless manage to keep things platonic with male characters. A surprisingly sweet and gentle flirtation between a teenaged boy and girl.

Language

Slang abounds, but no swearing.

Consumerism

Tie-ins to related Bratz dolls are inevitable, and the DVD packaging features ads for the dolls, video game, wireless microphone, and something called a Music Video Star Maker.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this musical movie features Bratz characters who are too overtly sexy for the tweens at which they are aimed, the story line itself is mostly benign.

What's the story?

In BRATZ: GIRLS REALLY ROCK, the creators seem to have realized that it's hard to sustain a plot that is entirely dependent on shopping, makeup, and hairstyles, and they've moved the action to a performing arts summer camp where the friends must compete. However rather than coming up with a new plotline they've lifted entire scenes from bigger hits like High School Musical 2 (clock ticking towards the start of summer vacation) and Camp Rock (the final talent showdown). Yasmin, Sasha, Cloe, and Jade must themselves learn the lesson that they initially teach the rest of the campers: that even with a coveted movie role at stake, it's more important to have fun than to win.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The original music enhances the plot and keeps the story moving along. The teamwork lesson is always a good one to reinforce with kids, although at Camp Starshine it takes a bittersweet twist since the "happy ending" of performing as a group means each Bratz gives up the chance to show off a skill at which they are truly talented. The evil ballet choreographer Madame Demidov is given a fascinating solo with echoes of communist Russia and Red Army domination; unexpected, to say the least, in a Bratz setting.

But for all its positive themes, Girlz Really Rock presents disturbing and unattainable physical images of its young girl characters: piles of makeup, tiny waists, big hips and chests, all swathed in tiny mini skirts and belly-baring tops. And the goal towards which all the campers are fighting -- to star in a movie based on the winner's actual life -- is a sad commentary on the current American obsession with both reality television and celebrity worship, and one that doesn't have a place in tween media.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the camp the Bratz are attending. Why do you think the few adults in the story are depicted as silly or mean? Have you ever had to make choices between practicing a skill and having fun? How do you decide when you're doing too much of one or the other?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 2, 2008
DVD release date:September 2, 2008
Director:Mucci Fassett
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:82 minutes
MPAA rating:NR
MPAA explanation:Not Rated

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Parent of a 12 year old Written byneomarastar February 3, 2010

Perfect for very little girls.

This is like every Bratz movie, one of the best things out there for girls 4 to 8, It is about friendship and team work, and realistic girl characters. it has noting parents could possibly find wrong.
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Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byBeckstar November 1, 2011

disappointing

Overall I love the Bratz films, but not the Bratz Kidz and Or Bratz Babiez, who really annoy me. I've seen the films since I was about 12 and I still like them. I sold all my Bratz DVD's not long ago though. This film in particular was boring and had a terrible plot. Was there even A plot at all? They dress better in the films though, than as dolls, which is great
Adult Written byDesiree12345 March 30, 2015

Bratz is amazing!

Anyone who has a child can rest assured about this film. Though many try to say that Bratz are too "sexy" for younger audiences they are,sadly, seriously mistaken and possibly a bit obscene. There is nothing sexual about these characters, and the ridiculousness surrounding such a notion takes away from the positive message evoked by these characters. These characters represent innocence, purity, and fun that many young girls now need to be reminded still exist, while still staying true to the fact that these characters are in high school. A wonderful family movie that has great music, funny characters , and a great message to boot.
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