Bratz: The Movie
Review by Jack Foley
WHAT else could you expect from a movie based on a best-selling doll range other than plastic acting from a good looking cast? Bratz: The Movie is an excruciating experience that would test the patience of a saint.
Directed by Sean McNamara, the film follows the fortunes of ‘best friends forever’ trio Yasmin (Nathalia Ramos), Jade (Janel Parrish), Sasha (Logan Browning) and Cloe (Sklyer Shaye) as they enter Carry Nation High for their freshman year.
Confronted by a system of social cliques that have been strictly enforced by senior Meredith Baxter Dimly (Chelsea Staub), the girls find themselves drifting away from each other until – two years later – a food fight brings them back together to try and change things for the better.
From painstaking start to sickly sweet finish, Bratz offers a sugar-coated girl-power overload that’s enough to leave you craving savoury products for the better part of a week.
Although targeted at seven to 12-year-olds, the film almost consistently comes up short thanks to the commercialism inherent in the girls’ “passion for fashion” motto and the stupidity of many of its plotlines.
As a result, the cast is left to flounder with Ian Nelson’s deaf Dylan particularly short-changed in the credibility department.
The girls themselves are so rooted in stereotype that no one really manages to make their mark, save for Staub’s bitchy Meredith who at least seems to be having a ball.
But the four main Bratz simply go through the motions thanks to a script that requires them to shriek lots, bicker a little and console each other whenever the situation commands. The less said about Jon Voight’s cameo [as school principal] the better.
The film as a whole should only appeal to the masochistic among you, who might take some pleasure in seeing just how painful things become.
Running time: 101mins
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