Bratz: The Movie
Bratz (also known as Bratz: The Movie) is a 2007 American musical comedy film based on the cartoon characters and dolls of the same name.
Four teenaged friends (Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, and Jade) are about to start high school. Extremely controlling Meredith, the student body president wants everyone to belong to a clique, and goes about organizing students. She does not like the independent spirit of the four girls and plots to destroy their friendship and make them conform to her pre-fabricated cliques.
Cloe is an amazing soccer player. She then meets Cameron and is instantly smitten, further distancing herself from her friends. Sasha is recruited as a cheerleader. Jade joins the science club, then meets Dexter and discovers a passion for fashion design. Yasmin joins the journalism club, but later in the movie decides to focus on another passion: singing. She also feels lonely as her friends are busy with their own cliques. She also meets Dylan who is deaf but can lip read. The friends begin to drift apart as they are compelled to stay within their cliques.
Two years later, when an accidental food fight causes them to get detention, they realize that they miss being BFF's and decide to be friends again. They also try to get the other schoolmates to socialize outside their cliques but their attempts fail when Meredith's 2nd "Super Sweet 16" party ends disastrously and Meredith tries blackmail using an embarrassing photo to have them seated with their original cliques, which backfires.
The upcoming talent show and its prize of a scholarship gives them the idea to bring all the cliques together again with a song number, but the chances are slim with Meredith's constant attempts to steal the spotlight. In the end, there is a tie. Meredith gets the trophy, but the girls get the scholarship, which they later give to Cloe and are offered an appearance at a red carpet by an MTV VP.
Why It Sucks
- Extremely poor grasp of the source material. For example:
- In the TV show, the Bratz run their own teen magazine, But in the film, they don't.
- The girls look really nothing like they're original designs, Yasmin Looks more like Meygan and has a personality close to Dana for some reason.
- The main antagonists of the show, Kirstee, Kaycee and Burdine aren't in this movie or are they mentioned, instead being replaced by Meredith, who is worse than the said villains.
- The girls didn't get they're name for a contest, in the show they got them for they're fashion magazine despite also being refered as bratz by the villain in one scene.
- Predictable and clichéd plot that feels more like your average teen movie. It also uses the Clichéd be yourself moral.
- Very terrible acting. Save for Janel Parrish and Jon Voight.
- Poor casting choices.
- As mentioned above none of the characters look like their original designs.
- Laughable and corny dialogue. The biggest examples are Sasha's: I'm the kid, you're supposed to be the adults, and Yasmin's: Sasha, you stupid cheerleader!
- Very unlikeable and racial stereotyped characters.
- Dylan doesn't seem deaf and there's a pointless suplot with him learning to be a DJ.
- Yasmin doesn't display any signs of ethnic and we also don't see her doing journalism. She also has a mariachi band in her kitchen that follows her.
- The film represents more of middle school than high school.
- Meredith is much of a spoiled snobbish daddy's girl who does in the film is stalk the bratz and one of those clichéd popular girl characters.
- There are also cliques that don't exist in real-life schools like Mimes.
- Jade is portrayed as an asian in a very racist way.
- Lazy attempts at humor. Unlike the cartoon show which was generally unfunny but at times it was funny, every joke in this movie is not funny or amuzing.
- Horrible and obnoxious musical numbers.
- Meredith's Super Sweet 16 Party serves no purpose to the film other than padding. It's also a rip-off of the Birthday scene from Problem Child, with exception is that they don't ruin the party.
- Poor CGI, one example is where Jade does a lab experiment and fireworks came out and it looks obviously fake.
- In the scenes where Cloe plays soccer and riding a moped, they could have had used a stunt double for her because it doesn't look anything like her.
- The film is a blatant rip-off of Mean Girls and High School Musical.
- Sexual and mixed messages which suppose to teach about friendship and life but instead tells girls that if you're not pretty and popular, you'll fail at life.
- Most of the score is lackluster, as they we're took from one of the Bratz albums.
- The girls look like young adults when they're supposed to be teenagers.
- False Advertising: one of the posters show Sasha and Jade, with Iphones but in the movie they use Nokia phones instead.
- Lots of blatant product placements like: Mac, MTV and Nokia.
- The Bratz are worse role models than in the TV show, as they are jerks to each other.
- Some mean spirited scenes such as the foodfight and where Meredith shows what the bratz really are.
- Several of the scenes look exteremely fake.
- The song during the opening sounds a bit scary for a kids movie.
- Too many pop culture references.
- The movie could pick a better realese date just like Problem Child 2, Thumbellina, UglyDolls and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, being released around the same time as other large scale movies. not helping it's poor box office. It wouldn't have been a lot better if this was released as a straight to video film just like the animated films rather than a theatrical release.
- Bad pacing and editing.
- Some of the soundtrack is decent.
- The film is quite vibrant and colorful
- The costumes look gorgeous.
- Janel Parrish gives a decent and tolerable performance in this film.
- The ending isn't too bad.
- Dylan, despite being a stereotype is the only likable character in this movie, Way more likable than he was in the cartoon show.
Bratz was universally panned by critics, movie goers and fans of the dolls alike. It received a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 78 reviews, with an average rating 3/10. The site's critical consensus, "Full of mixed messages and dubious role-models, Bratz is too shallow even for its intended audience." It has also recieved a 3.0/10 on IMDB and a 21/100 on Metacritic, based on 21 reviews, indicating generally unfavorable reviews.
Bratz grossed $10 million in North America and $16 million in other territories for a total gross of $26 million.
In its opening weekend, the film grossed $4.2 million, finishing in 10th at the box office, making it a box office bomb as the film had been beaten by larger scale films such as The Simpsons Movie, Transformers and Ratatouille.
- The original idea is for an animated film.
- Paula Abdul was originally hired as the film's Executive Producer, Fashion Designer, and Dance Choreographer. During an episode of her reality television series Hey Paula (2007), she received an e-mail on her Blackberry firing her from this movie.
- As Janel Parrish was an experienced singer, she was the only actress who actually sang when the opportunity arose. The rest were coached on lip-synching to prepare for their musical numbers.
- Film debut of actresses: Janel Parrish, Logan Browning, Nathalia Ramos, Chelsea Kane, Malese Jow, and Anneleise van der Pol.
- Skyler Shaye is Jon Voight's god daughter and this was her 2nd time working with him since Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2