Bratz: The Movie Soundtrack

 
Above-average performances redeem ordinary songs.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good, strong self-esteem and friendship messages, along with accepting uniqueness and challenging yourself, with lyrics like "Be fearless and nothing is impossible/so fearless and know that you're invincible/be fearless, prove the undeniable/'cause you're so much stronger than you know/so let it go" ("Fearless").

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Nothing at all explicit. Some heartbreak stuff of the "playing with my heart 'cause your love is wicked" variety.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

CD package contains two full-page ads for related products. Insert advertises ringtones.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this soundtrack contains songs that promote friendship and self-esteem, in between some arrogant "me-me-me" posturing on "Rock Star" ("I'm incredible/so unforgettable/so no one can take my place/I'm unbreakable/highly flammable/so girl get out of my face"), "It's All About Me," and "Fabulous." True to form for the Bratz machine, there are two full pages of product ads in the CD insert.

What's the story?

Those Bratz kids pull it off again on the new BRATZ live-action soundtrack, despite unimaginative songwriting and lackluster production. In between a full-tilt ego-fest ("Rock Star," "It's All About Me," and "Fabulous") are songs that won't stop until we all REALLY get that we're supposed to like ourselves, be nice to others, and accept our individuality. The message is mostly wholesome and positive, devoid of subtlety or humor, but rich in upbeat reinforcement for being a good friend.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With heavy-hitting help from the Black Eyed Peas, The Slumber Party Girls, Ashlee Simpson, Dropping Daylight, and Lifehouse, these young performers gamely negotiate some very ordinary-sounding, preachy material and make the songs sparkle anyway.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Bratz empire. Do you think it's effective to have Bratz movies, CDs, and DVDs all come out at the same time? Does bombardment with marketing and products make you more likely to buy or see anything Bratz related or is it too much? Families can also discuss the two or three songs on the album that come off as egocentric and clique-ish. Do you think they are meant to be taken at face value, or are they spoofs of self-absorbed people? Do you think they get the message across effectively?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:July 31, 2007
Label:Geffen Records
Genre:Soundtrack
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent Written byCommonSenseParent December 25, 2010
age 5+
 

Wholesome and fun children's album for all ages

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bykoolkat#1 April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

I love it

I love this soundtrack so much,the song Janel Parrish wrote is very good,most of the songs on here are just fun. But there are two songs talking about love but nothing discriptive, just like "your love is wicked" and rainy day doesnt say anything to worry about.
Teen, 14 years old Written byEspumaMarina October 16, 2010
age 8+
 

Really Good actually

Prima J is awesome, and quite a few of the songs rock. Although I wish they included that song that was playing when it showed the Sweet 16 partly (when it was just showing everyone all around, the scene ended when Maridive's father complimented Charish) Otherwise LOVE it!
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