BRATZ (PG)

Comedy 90 August 3, 2007
By Jessica Grose
Inspired by the eponymous, semi-skanky dolls that launched a thousand parental protests, this tween comedy does a good job re-branding the Bratz as wholesome do-gooders you'd want to take home to Mom — especially if Mom likes the ethnics, because Bratz is nothing if not worldly. Blond-haired, fair-skinned Yasmin is Latina, so of course there’s a mariachi band in her kitchen. At 8 in the morning. On a school day. Jade, who is half-Asian, is the math and science whiz of the group. Blond Cloe is a Suzanne Somers-style klutz, and African-American Sasha is a sassy cheerleader. The Bratz spend most of the movie crusading against Meredith, insidious clique overlord at authoritarian Carry Nation High School. Meredith, with the help of her father, gutless Principal Dimly (Jon Voight), tries to keep the Bratz in line, but the fearless foursome (spoiler alert!) eventually manage to triumph. In the end, the most offensive part of Bratz isn’t its stereotypes or its brand expansion; it’s the sorry state of Jon Voight's career. Up next: National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
Sean McNamara Nathalia Ramos, Janel Parrish, Logan Browning, Skyler Shaye, Chelsea Staub, Anneliese Van Der Pol, Malese Jow, Stephen Lunsford, Lainie Kazan, Ian Nelson Susan Estelle Jansen, John Doolittle Avi Arad, Steven Paul, Isaac Larian Lionsgate Films

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