Bratz Go to Paris: The Movie

 
Fashion romp weighed down by stereotypes, makeup.
  • Review Date: April 3, 2014
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 70 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Friendship and teamwork are promoted to solve problems, but these positives are often dwarfed by pursuits of fame, fortune, and fashion alongside heavily sexualized images of girls.

Positive role models

Characters are shown as friends but frequently bicker and fight. Many are over-simplistically good or bad. 

Violence & scariness

Scenes frequently involve cartoonish violence with baseball bats, punching, kicking, biting, or shoving someone into a vat of nuclear green juice. Elsewhere, characters are pushed off buildings or face mild peril with near wrecks. Plots to kidnap, poison, or murder other characters abound. 

Sexy stuff

Female characters are heavily made up and sexualized, wearing body-revealing clothes in every scene.

Language

Minor insulting language, such as calling someone a "thief-a-zoid" or "dumb-sicle." Language is a heavily Valley Girl'd style of speaking with extreme vocal fry.

Consumerism

While no specific items are branded in the movie, Bratz dolls and accessories are widely available.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bratz Go to Paris: The Movie sees the Bratz girls as heavily made up and sexualized in revealing clothing and tween-ified language. Stereotypes abound, and in spite of an underlying message promoting friendship, the movie's crass commercialization and relentless surface-skimming makes for an empty experience that feels more like a cheap video game than good family entertainment. There's also some cartoonish violence and name-calling.

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What's the story?

A model's career is threatened when she's poisoned with an instant bone-aging toxin that makes her look old. The Bratz are sent to spy undercover as runway models to find out who is behind this nefarious plot. A trip to Paris is included, if they can just stick together to unravel this mystery.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's not that BRATZ GO TO PARIS: THE MOVIE is bad because it's about the fun and frivolity of fashion; it's that it pursues these gendered notions so artlessly, and instead of exploring better developed characters or more realistic concerns, it relies on lazy stereotypes and obvious tropes that make your average Barbie flick look thoughtful. With characters that feel barely distinguishable from each other, it's also hard to follow among the relentless pace of workouts, protein drinks, fashion mania, action sequences, and often unintelligible vocal fry.

For girls wooed by the glitz and glamour here, a conversation about how these characters reflect the reality of a girl's world may be in order. Parents may find that earplugs help.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes of girls in the film. What do these characters care about? What is important to them? Do these things portray girls positively or negatively? 

  • These characters care a lot about how they look. What other issues are important to them? 

  • How could this film show girls more realistically? What might they do differently to portray girls this age as you know them?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 8, 2013
Cast:Soleil Moon Frye, Olivia Hack, Kaley Cuoco
Director:Mucci Fassett
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Friendship
Run time:70 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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