Bratz: Pampered Petz
By Renee Longstreet,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
The trendy Bratz give up spa time to help a neighbor.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain not inform. There are enough sympathetic references to the plight of homeless animals to provide kids with some awareness of the issue (including a "no kill" shelter).
Set as always in the rarefied Bratz world of fashion, wealth, makeovers, and spa treatments, the Bratz girls commit themselves to a selfless neighbor who takes in homeless animals. The girls find satisfaction in helping Lola with the pets, in reuniting an estranged family, and in making a difference in their community.
Positive Role Models
As role models the Bratz cannot escape their "passion for fashion," their "wicked cool" airhead dialect, and their superficial good looks (puffed-up lips, shiny hair, overly sexualized body types, and often skimpy apparel). But in this story (after a quick detour to The Mud Springs Health Spa), the girls are shown being sympathetic and helpful to a elderly neighbor. Efforts are made to provide ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Animals are chased, captured, and caged by a comic villain and his henchman. Homeless animals are threatened with being put to sleep.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirting at a spa. At times the Bratz girls wear very short skirts and skimpy clothing. They're drawn with exaggerated teen sex appeal: curvy bodies, breasts, lots of makeup.
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Products & Purchases
Bratz films are marketing tools for the sale of dolls, merchandise, and games.
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?
- On DVD or streaming: October 5, 2010
- Cast: Britt McKillip, Brittney Irvin, Maryke Hendrikse
- Director: Bob Doucette
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship
- Run time: 75 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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