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Bratz: Girlz Really Rock

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sexualized kids' characters meet Camp Rock.

Movie NR 2008 82 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 5+

Total Waste of Time and Money

The very idea of making a movie about math will student want to get through the lesson as fast as possible, and won’t allow them to process it. My child’s teacher put it on and he didn’t take in any of the math. Just don’t even bother with this if you want to teach kids something.
age 8+

Relax, Parents.

I was a young, impressionable girl when I first watched this movie (over and over, I may add), and now I’m an almost 16 year old teenager, and believe me, it was not all everyone says it was. There are quite literally no questionable things in it. I mean, okay, every single movie creator in any franchise history tries to sneak in some references that parents don’t like. But look around ?? Stop picking on the bratz for it. Every movie does it. Barbie. Harry Potter. Even Nick Jr. shows. Bratz is a humorous, fun-loving series that shows the struggles of friendship but how it ultimately perseveres. The girls, honestly, are accurately depicted. Parents need to take a moment to check the girls at their local high school, and see that the bratz are not inaccurate in the slightest, from their dress, to their behavior, hair, anything. So parents, just relax. It will not corrupt your kids.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (7 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 2, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: September 2, 2008
  • Director: Mucci Fassett
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Run time: 82 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • MPAA explanation: Not Rated
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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