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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Mean girl obsessed with her own popularity will do anything to bring Polly down a notch, but is ultimately unsuccessful. Honest discussion of a character's feelings about her father's remarriage include supportive advice from close friends. Reality show participants compete to win money for a charity of their choice as part of a community service project for school. Most successful teams are the ones that help one another.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters have an innocent crush on a reality show host.
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No cursing or vulgarity, but adherents to the English language will wince at the slang-heavy dialogue. "Chillax," "spectabulous," and "monster fabulorific" are among the most colorful invented words.
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Products & Purchases
This is essentially a one-hour commercial for Polly Pocket toys. Almost every set change is in fact a playset that can be purchased, according to the helpful merchandise sheet enclosed with the video. The Popsicle brand is also featured prominently.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that PollyWorld will appeal to young girls who are Polly Pocket fans, and that they're likely to lengthen their gift wish lists with toy tie-ins after seeing it. A new stepmom is portrayed as scheming against her stepdaughter and the stepdaughter's beloved babysitter behind her fiance's back. Shopping and spa treatments are portrayed as almost sacred pursuits. Reality show contestants compete to win money to donate to a charity of their choice. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This fairly likable movie emphasizes the value of friendship. When the competition gets tough, Team Pockets keeps its perspective and puts an emphasis on having fun and supporting each other over winning. And there's an honest discussion of Polly's mixed feelings about her father's remarriage. Polly decides, at some personal sacrifice, that her father's apparent happiness is more important than her own worries.
However, fashion and shopping are almost as important as friendship and familial support here. There are three epic shopping excursions and a spa visit (with the promise of a second). The most interesting sets are available as retail toys, and kids may recognize the catchy pop songs as Polly Pocket-toy sound effects. The animation is lovely and candy-colored, with appealing scene transitions. The games are easy to play for younger kids but would probably not appeal to girls older than 8 or boys of any age.
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