Bratz: Starrin' & Stylin'
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|Bratz: Starrin' & Stylin'|
|Directed by||Sean McNamara|
|Produced by||Isaac Larian|
|Written by||Gary Stevenson|
|Music by||John Powell|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Home Entertainment|
Bratz: Starrin' & Stylin' is a 2004 animated direct-to-video film that was produced by CinéGroupe and released on DVD by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. It can now be found on digital online streaming on Vudu and digital download on iTunes. This is the first Bratz movie.
Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha and Jade get ready for prom night. Their art teacher, Mr. Del Rio, assigned them a project to express themselves. Asked by the girls to give them extra time for the project, the professor denied the girls' petition, thus presenting them with a dilemma: Get prepared for prom night, or make a project that will count for 25 percent of their yearly grade.
Yasmin likes literature, Cloe likes art and drawing, Sasha likes music, and Jade likes fashion. They borrow a school video camera, so they can shoot a video and explain their points of view about the types of things they enjoy and like.
A day at the beach stresses out Sasha, who has volunteered to be the school's prom committee and chairperson. Problems arise when Sasha is insulted in the school's newspaper column. The girls automatically blame Cameron and Dylan for telling the writer about their conversation at the beach. Cloe crashes her car, and Cameron, an expert mechanic, comes to fix it.
When the girls go shopping for prom outfits, Jade doubts her sense of fashion when she picks out an outrageous outfit the others disapprove of. Gossip appears in the paper about Jade. They figure it was not the boys because there they could not have heard about Jade's meltdown. At Cloe's sleepover, they apologize to Cameron and give him an makeover to make up for their accusations. Later on that night, Jade accidentally leaves the video camera on and someone can be seen walking around the room writing in a notepad.
At school, everyone is going crazy over the picture of Cameron after the makeover the girls gave him. He blames Cloe telling her to pick up her car because he is not going to the prom after.
The girls try to figure out which one of them has been betraying their secrets. Yasmin was writing the columns, as a ghost writer. When she confesses to the rest of the girls, they get mad at her and ignore her. The girls try to forget about Yasmin by going to the spa, but have a terrible time without her. They admit they were the ones who had given her the idea to write more interesting stories.
Yasmin returns and apologizes, explaining that people used to comment that her column was boring, and that, after she spread gossip about people around school, those who knew she was the ghost writer made her feel important. Her friends apologize to her in return for their own comments and forgive each other. Cameron forgives Yasmin after she explains the whole thing to him.
On prom night, the hired cooks not arriving on time due to a traffic jam, the photographer quitting to become a painter, and the DJ being home sick with a fever. The girls come up with a plan for a do-it-yourself prom, they making a disco ball work, setting up balloons, using their video camera to take digital pictures, preparing their own food, playing their own music, and turning an empty room into a dance hall. Jade is elected prom queen while Dylan is elected prom king.
After their video, which included the prom night dance, was shown to their art professor, he gave the four girls an A-plus on their project.
Reviewer of DVD Movie Guide Colin Jacobson said: "If you watch Season Four of The Simpsons, you’ll find a great episode in which Bart and Lisa write Itchy and Scratchy shorts. They eventually get an award nomination, and they go up against an episode of Action Figure Man called "How to Buy Action Figure Man". That’s how I felt as I watched Bratz. From start to finish, the show demonstrated absolutely no reason to exist other than to push products. The paper-thin plot exists for one reason: to put the girls in as many situations - and as many outfits - as possible. All those situations and outfits exist for one reason: to showcase all of the totally awesome toys the target audience can immediately go out and purchase.....From the predictable and bland plot to the one-dimensional characters to the stiff and unappealing animation, this flick was a total dud." 
- Jacobson, Colin (2004-07-30). "Bratz: Starrin' And Stylin' (2004)". DVD Movie Guide. Retrieved 2009-11-16.