Bratz (2007 film)

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Bratz
Bratz The Movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sean McNamara
Produced by Isaac Larian
Avi Arad
Steven Paul
Screenplay by Susan Estelle Jansen
Story by Adam de la Peña
David Eilenberg
Starring Nathalia Ramos
Skyler Shaye
Logan Browning
Janel Parrish
Chelsea Kane
Music by John Coda
Cinematography Christian Sebaldt
Edited by Jeff Canavan
Production
  company
Crystal Sky Pictures
MGA Entertainment
Arad Productions
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date(s)
  • August 3, 2007 (2007-08-03)
Running time 102 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $26,013,153[2]

Bratz, is a 2007 American live-action film based on the Bratz line of cartoon characters and dolls. The screenplay was written by John Doolittle and Susie Singer Carter.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

Four friends — Cloe (Skyler Shaye), Yasmin (Nathalia Ramos), Sasha (Logan Browning), and Jade (Janel Parrish) — are about to start high school. Self-centered Meredith Baxter Dimly (Chelsea Staub) wants everyone to belong to a clique, and goes about organizing people. 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 meets Cameron (Stephen Lunsford) and is instantly smitten. Sasha is recruited as a cheerleader. Jade joins the science kids and meets Dexter (Chet Hanks) and designs great outfits. Yasmin joins journalism, even though her real passion is singing even though she hasn't realized yet. She also feels lonely as her friends are busy with their own cliques. She also meets Dylan (Ian Nelson), 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 BFFs 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 (which ends disastrously) has them seated with their original cliques. The upcoming talent show and its prize of a scholarship gives them the idea to bring all the cliques together again with an act, 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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Paula Abdul was dropped from the production before completion. She was originally enlisted to provide wardrobe designs, choreograph the film, executive produce, as well as hold a role in the film. This was revealed on Hey Paula, her reality show on her personal life.

The film was shot from February to March 2007 at Santee Educational Complex in South Los Angeles, California, while in session.[5]

Reception[edit]

The film was panned by critics. The film-critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes shows 9% positive reviews, with the consensus: "Full of mixed messages and dubious role-models, Bratz is too shallow even for its intended audience." The movie has a 21% rating on Metacritic.

Awards and nominations[edit]

It was nominated for 5 Golden Raspberry Awards in 2007, but won none.

Box office[edit]

Bratz opened at #10 at the box office. In its entire theatrical run, it earned a worldwide gross of $26,013,153.[2]

Home Media[edit]

The film was released on DVD on November 27, 2007. A Blu-ray version of the film has yet to be released.

Musical numbers[edit]

Song Chiefly Sung By Other Singers Scene
"Fabulous" Meredith None My Super Sweet 16 Party
"It's All About Me" Meredith Meredettes School Talent Show
"Bratitude" Bratz some students of the school School Talent Show
"Open Eyes" Bratz None MTV Video Music Awards Pre-show
"Express Yourself" (Background Music) Black Eyed Peas None When Jade is showing off the outfit she changed into on the first day
"Rockstar" (Background Music)Prima J None My Super Sweet 16 Party

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bratz (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  2. ^ a b Bratz: The Movie at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ "New Motion Picture Based on the Billion Dollar Toy Franchise". MGA Entertainment. May 19, 2006. 
  4. ^ "'Bratz' all dolled up". Crystal Sky. May 19, 2006. 
  5. ^ (French) Afriqueenligne.fr

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