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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
People will like you if you're being yourself. There's nothing more important than friends. The film also has a negative emphasis on appearance and superficiality.
Positive Role Models
Characters strive to be nice to each other and accepting of others.
Products & Purchases
Product tie-in to popular doll line with a new line of dolls based on the DVD.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A. Prep School is another straight-to-DVD movie featuring the Lalaloopsy dolls, though this time the dolls are high school age. Geared toward preschoolers and early-grade school-age kids, the movie includes positive messages about being yourself and the importance of friendship. Some parents may object to the emphasis on appearance (lots of hair and makeup references) and the abundance of Lalaloopsy merchandise that's available, including dolls tied in to this movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of the Lalaloopsy dolls or other Lalaloopsy DVDs will no doubt enjoy this bright and glittery tale. But parents and non-pink-loving kids will probably be underwhelmed by this syrupy sweet movie. Although the dolls grow up a bit in this tale and are presumably high school-age, the messages and interactions stay age-appropriate for the preschool set, though there's a little bit of mean-girl behavior that's not usually seen by the Lalaloopsy characters. The dolls continue to go out of their way to be kind and inclusive, and there are positive messages about being true to yourself.
Some parents may not be fans of the overall superficial and vapid feel to the movie, which puts quite a bit of emphasis on appearances -- there are a lot of references to doing hair and makeup. And the commercial tie-in with the doll line may be a concern for some. Overall, though, this positive, upbeat movie focuses on the importance of friendship and being kind to others, which is a definite plus.
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