A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie may look fresh and fun to young girls who buy the dolls, but the themes presented are questionable for their age group. For example: A fashion editor thinks eating carbs makes her "look fat," the girls sneak into clubs, and one character has had three nose jobs. The plot centers around the Bratz's goal of publishing their own fashion magazine, which will have such supposedly "helpful" articles as how to tell if your boyfriend is a dud and ways to be a "fashion do." There's also plenty of back-stabbing and rude behavior throughout. The Bratz kids love to go shopping and spend money on clothes, and your kids can do a little pre-shopping for more Bratz stuff (CDs, etc.) in the Special Features section of the DVD.
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What's the story?
In Rock Angelz, aspiring writer Jade (voiced by Soleil Moon Frye) is chosen to be a fashion magazine intern. But the domineering editor-in-chief, Burdine Maxwell, bosses Jade around and favors the Bratz's arch-nemeses, the Tweevils. When Burdine threatens to ruin Jade's future career, Jade and the Bratz start their own self-titled publication, and they head to London to find hip new trends. A secondary theme about how to tell good boyfriend material from bad emerges when Chloe (Olivia Hack) takes up with a cute British boy she meets on the plane, who turns out to be more frog than prince.
Is it any good?
There’s not much good to say about a cartoon that targets tweens (and younger) yet has its impossibly thin, fashion-crazy characters sporting skimpy outfits, platform heels, and too much makeup. Dealing with "lame-o" boys and "fashion freaks" and "royal jerks," it's mean spirited and not quite appropriate for target age group. The emphasis on the externals is worrisome, as is the Bratz look itself: They hardly look like the empowered girls they say they are.
Two positive notes: The music is hummable and, through thick and thin, the girls find their way to each other. When they neglect their friendships, they are eventually apologetic. Soleil Moon Frye, who played the scrappy, cheery, wholesome Punky Brewster in a TV series decades ago, voices one of the Bratz. Too bad this series isn't as positive a role model as her 1980s alter-ego was.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes the Bratz appealing at first glance, and what's not so appealing about them. Are they individualistic, or do they look and talk alike? Do they look and act like most teens? Why are there hardly any references to parents? Is the way they live realistic? Do you think they can afford to stay in a loft by themselves, or jet off to London at a moment's notice? What can be learned from their friendships?