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Bratz: The Movie (0/10)
by Tony Medley
I’ve gone to movies about teenaged girls before with extremely low
expectation. Mean Girls (2004) and Legally Blonde (2001)
come to mind. I came out of both thoroughly enchanted.
Producer Avi Arad decided to make a film based on the popular chic
fashion dolls BRATZ™. He got Sean McNamara to direct and Susan Estelle
Jansen to write (there are also “story by” credits, which indicates some
problems with the script. Believe me, those problems are evident.
Unable to come up with an original story, they have given a new name to
derivitivity by stealing with impunity from both Mean Girls and
Legally Blonde. Unfortunately, while both of the latter were
overflowing with talent (Mean Girls was written by Tina Fey,
directed by Mark Waters, and starred Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Lohan, and
Fey; Legally Blonde starred Oscar®-winning actress Reese
Witherspoon and Luke Wilson), this has a bunch of basically unknowns
who, off their performances here, are likely to remain so; although, to
be fair, the material with which they were forced to work was dismal.
They auditioned 5,000 girls to portray the politically correct,
ethnically diverse, fashion dolls (the dolls themselves have been
controversial because they present blatantly sexual clothes like
navel-bearing tops and very short skirts to very little, impressionable
girls). To make the movie palatable to parents, these types of clothes
have been modified or eliminated.
Apparently the dress-up dolls have names. Four of them, Yasmin (Nathalia
Ramos), Jade (Janel Parrish), Sasha (Logan Browning) and Cloe (Skyler
Shaye) appear in this film. We are told at the outset that they have
been BFF (Best Friends Forever; a sappy appellation that is a true
indication of what’s to come).
Because they are entering Carry Nation High School, the film tells how
their new environment affects them and their friendship. The witch in
the broth is student body president Meredith Baxter Dimly (Chelsea Staub),
who is a direct steal of Witherspoon’s character in Legally Blonde
in that she constantly carries a silly little dog with her
everywhere she goes.
High school must be very different from my time if we are to believe
this movie. Dimly is Student Body President when the girls arrive. She
is still Student Body President two years later. When I was in high
school the Student Body President was always a senior. Dimly is aided
and abetted by her father, Principal Berkman (Jon Voight), who is, well,
the Principal of the school. What follows is predictable, if not
entertaining or funny.
Sure, this is intended as a satire about frivolous girls on the cusp of
being teenagers, but satires require talent. There is no hint of talent
in this movie, except for the beautiful color and some of the music. But
it is a targeted audience they are after, ergo the sound track and
commercial tie-ins with Skechers shoes and MTV.
Unless you’re in the target, a little girl between the ages of 6 and 10,
if this isn’t the most mind-numbingly idiotic movie made this century,
it gives others something to shoot at.
July 30, 2007