Monster High: Friday Night Frights/Why Do Ghouls Fall in Love?

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Some positive messages about diversity; iffy body images.

NR 2013 92 minutes

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Girls can be, like, pretty and sporty

When I heard of Monster High, I suspected I wouldn't like it. When I actually saw these episodes, those suspicions were confirmed. It's not just the body image stuff (super thin yet busty girls; inverted triangle dudes), but the overall "this is what a girl is, this is what a guy is" gender representation. To me, 20 minutes of reinforced gender stereotypes wrapped up with two minutes of a decent conclusion that negates those stereotypes doesn't balance out. I was also weirded out by the girls' conclusion (spoiler alert) that they lost because they were trying to play like guys--so they got out their nail polish, lipstick, and high heel roller skates (I kid you not) and played like GIRLS (I repeat, "playing like girls" = playing with makeup and heels). I don't think that gender equality means girls dressing/acting like guys, but I don't think the core attributes of femininity are being pretty and an obsession with fashion.

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