A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the trademark Bratz girls' obsession with looks, clothes, and makeup is alive and well in Passion 4 Fashion Diamondz. They pose, they strut, they "ooohhh" and "aaahhh" over diamond boots, frosted hair, and ruby red pouty lips. The characters are designed with doe-eyes, breasts, thin but curvy bodies, large heads, and have decidedly sexualized ways of walking and moving. The short film is a part of vast franchise directed at young girls and tweens, cross-promoting dolls, toys, accessories, and programming. Mild suspense in this movie comes from a ghost-cowboy, highway mishaps, and getting out of harm's way when a subway train bears down upon them.
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What's the story?
The Bratz girls, representing Bratz Magazine, are finalists in a nationally-televised reality show competition! A Simon Cowell-like host (called "Byron Powell" here) leads the search for America's best teen fashion designer. The Bratz and their opponents (a cut-throat bunch from Your Thing Magazine) must bring their best candidates to NYC for the season finale. In vans on their way across the country, the competitors run into obstacles and suspense when they encounter a masked ghost-cowboy, a stop-at-nothing ambitious teen stylist, and the TV host himself whose drive for publicity and big ratings leads him to stage the most outrageous trip possible.
Is it any good?
At the risk of damning with faint praise, it's accurate to say that this Bratz movie is a step above many of the others. The plot is less meandering and illogical; there's very little of the scariness or bizarre mysticism seen in some other Bratz movies; there is less abrasive music and even fewer annoying characters (the ones we see are as annoying as ever, but there are fewer of them).
Still, the Bratz girls are interchangeable, the dialogue is flat, the "valley girl" dialects are trite and overused, and, most importantly, superficiality and empty-headed girls pretending to be role models continue to rule.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about watching reality TV contests. What do you like about them? Why do you think they are popular?
Why do people get makeovers? What would you tell someone who said you needed a makeover?
Are Cloe, Jade, Yasmin, and Sasha role models? Do their positive traits balance out the negatives?
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