By Jane Boursaw,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
A brain-numbing, fluffy flick for tweens.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Mixed: placing value on "things," lying, breaking and entering, realizing true friends, learning the value of hard work.
Violence & Scariness
The sisters' house is pelted with fruit and eggs after a scandal; they're chased by guard dogs; a corporate exec is smacked on the head with a notebook.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tanzie dresses like a prostitute to get information; the girls dress in tight skirts and low-cut tops; flirting and kissing; provocative foot massages; on a TV soap opera, a character refers to "sleeping with your father" and taking 3 months of birth control pills to commit suicide.
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"S--t happens," "pee," "screw," "bite me", etc.
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Products & Purchases
Mercedes Benz, Dominos Pizza, Pepsi, Rolodex, Chanel and other fashions. Hilary Duff's new perfume is handed out in a scratch-and-sniff card with the movie tickets.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Ava lights a cigarette and starts their house on fire; various characters smoke and drink; a reference to prescription drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Material Girls makes some strange editorial choices, such as having one of the lead characters dress like a prostitute to get information, which lands her in jail with real prostitutes. There's brief drinking, smoking, and plenty of bad attitudes. Some profanity ("s--t"). Many products are seen/showcased in the movie. The sisters' father dies, and their mother abandons them to move to Europe with an Egyptian prince (although viewers don't see this). The sisters' maid fills in as their "mom."
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What's the Story?
Celebutante sisters Tanzie and Ava (Hilary Duff and Haylie Duff) spend their days shopping and their nights clubbing. Their dad was the late, great founder of the famous Marchetta Cosmetics Company. Despite being spoiled, they still miss their father. Now, they're the face of the Marchetta Cosmetics Company. One day, Tanzie and Ava attend a meeting to determine which non-profit organization will receive a donation from the charitable foundation bearing their father's name. Meanwhile, Marchetta bigwig Tommy (Brent Spiner) is scheming to force the sisters to sell the company to a rival company owned by Fabiella (Anjelica Huston). When news comes out that Marchetta cosmetics have been causing horrible skin problems for people, it's a huge scandal. The girls end up losing everything and are forced to -- gasp! -- get a job and take public transportation. Will they survive the scandal and bring honor to their father's name again? They're helped along by maid Inez (Maria Conchita Alonso) and cute lab technician Rick (Marcus Coloma).
Is It Any Good?
From girl-power director Martha Coolidge (The Prince and Me) and the Material Girl herself (Madonna) comes this fluffy teen comedy.
Unfortunately, the storyline, dialogue, and characters are brain-numbing. What were they thinking?! Even the music is lame, which is surprising considering the movie was produced by Madonna's Maverick Films. And between her role in Daddy Day Care and this movie, you have to wonder what Anjelica Huston was thinking. In short, skip it.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about this movie's themes: growing up, taking responsibility, and dealing with loss. The sisters also have to learn how to ask for help, rather than expecting everything to fall in their laps. How do you handle it when your world falls apart? Also, is it more important to have "things" or family and friends who love you? What are some of the signs to look for when you're not sure someone is acting in your best interest?
- In theaters: August 18, 2006
- On DVD or streaming: December 12, 2006
- Cast: Anjelica Huston, Brent Spiner, Haylie Duff, Hilary Duff, Lukas Haas
- Director: Martha Coolidge
- Studio: MGM/UA
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Book Characters
- Run time: 95 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: language and rude humor
- Last updated: February 24, 2022
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