A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended as entertainment, not to inform.
A few minor attempts to deliver well-worn messages: "Be careful what you wish for" and "It's better to give than receive."
Positive Role Models
The Bratz girls are feisty, resourceful, and enthusiastic; however, in this episode they clearly defy parental authority over and over again with no consequences. Adults are portrayed as naive and much too trusting. Teen Bratz wear heavy makeup, spiked heels, skimpy clothing. Ethnic diversity is an integral part of this franchise, still some of the behavior and dialects are stereotypical.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of images and sounds that might be too scary for younger or more sensitive kids: cackling laughter, cartoonish monsters, a child is sucked into a mirror and can't get out, multiple devilish clowns, a little girl's world disappears and leaves her alone in a ghostly setting, an endless roller coaster ride in which a child is terrified, a trip through what may be a haunted mansion complete with spiders, noises, eerie photos, screaming, and monsters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen Bratz appear sexualized in heavy makeup, spiked heels, and skimpy clothing.
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Products & Purchases
The movie is a key marketing tool in the vast Bratz franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's lots of scary stuff in Bratz: Kidz Sleepover Adventure -- a series of spooky ghost stories and tales of the girls in dangerous cartoon predicaments (i.e., haunted house, careening roller coaster, cackling clowns, and monsters). The Bratz Kids go unpunished for breaking rules and disobeying parents. There's less focus on fashion and makeup in this feature (except for the heavily made-up teen characters), but there seems to be a general disregard for younger kids' fears and most kids' expectations of stories that make sense and are clearly resolved. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A few humorous situations, a funny bad-mouth "insult dog," and some off-beat, twisted non-resolutions, may appeal to older kids and teens. But for the intended audience -- toy-buying little girls -- SLEEPOVER ADVENTURES may be too scary and too sophisticated. And an underlying message is that parents are gullible, unseeing, and powerless.
Finally, the premise of making a new friend and making her feel welcome is quickly forgotten after a night of terrifying her and forcing her to disobey her family's rules. It's doubtful that Ginger would ever want to see any of these Kidz again!
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