Bratz: Girlz Really Rock

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Sexualized kids' characters meet Camp Rock.
  • NR
  • 2008
  • 82 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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

What 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.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byMarleygentry123 October 29, 2018

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 wa... Continue reading
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, seriou... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTiffany W. January 5, 2018

Bratz: A Franchise Inspiring the Future Generation of Children of Color

Bratz: Girlz Really Rock was one of my favorite movies as a child, and i was shocked to see the negative reviews on this site. This movie offered a fun story li... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 1, 2012

Bratz vs Barbies

Other people put Bratz down so Barbies can rule,Barbies are for little kids,Bratz is for everybody 5 and up.This "sexy" movie is just good fashion and... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • 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: March 14, 2020

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