A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pampered Petz once again features Cloe, Yasmin, Jade, and Sasha -- four teens who are consumed by their looks, clothes, and makeup -- though in a rare departure from the usual silly plots, the girls are actually trying to help someone in this feature. The movie acts as a giant advertisement for Bratz toys and merchandise and this feature introduces adorable puppies, kittens, and a monkey, which are also for sale in stores. There's nothing scary here, though kids will be concerned for the fate of the homeless animals.
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What's the story?
Yasmin, Cloe, Sasha, and Jade befriend Lola Reyes, an elderly neighbor who rescues homeless animals. When a greedy man tries to get Lola evicted from her home so he can build on the property himself, the Bratz girls step in to help. To their delight, they find that Lola has a surprising and exciting past. They also learn that Lola is estranged from a daughter whom she loves very much. Adorable pets, comic villains, a benefit concert, and a trip to the spa give the Bratz ample opportunity for musical numbers, posing, makeovers (both animal and human), and, ultimately, a chance to save the day for everyone.
Is it any good?
This is far better than some Bratz films, foregoing the mindless dark suspense and ridiculously meandering plots of earlier efforts. PAMPERED PETZ tells a simple, violence-free story and uses the Bratz girls to affect a happy ending.
However, that simple story is unoriginal and predictable. And a silly unrelated trip to a spa simply to see Jade and Sasha using all the services -- mud bath, gym, salon -- helps keep the Bratz traditions of shallowness, consumerism, posing, and focus on appearance alive and well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about pet adoption. What does it take to be a good pet owner? What are the pros and cons of rescuing an animal as opposed to purchasing one?
What message does the girls' appearance send to young viewers? At what age would it be appropriate for girls to dress like the Bratz dolls?
Why was Celia angry at her mother? How did Lola and Celia resolve their problem? Why is it important to let your loved ones know when your feelings have been hurt?
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