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Bratz
Bratz The Movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySean McNamara
Produced by
Screenplay bySusan Estelle Jansen
Story by
Based onBratz
by Carter Bryant
Starring
Music byJohn Coda
CinematographyChristian Sebaldt
Edited byJeff W. Canavan
Production
companies
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • August 3, 2007 (2007-08-03)
Running time
102 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[2]
Box office$26 million[3]

Bratz (also known as Bratz: The Movie) is a 2007 American musical comedy film based on the Bratz line of cartoon characters and dolls. The film is directed by Sean McNamara.

Starring Nathalia Ramos, Skyler Shaye, Logan Browning, and Janel Parrish,[4] the story revolves around the four adolescent protagonists, the origin of their friendship and the social pyramid that tries to make the Bratz conform to archetypal high school cliques.

It was released by Lionsgate on August 3, 2007. The film was panned by critics and fans alike and was a box office bomb, only earning half of its $20 million budget in North America and was runner up at the 28th Golden Raspberry Awards for worst picture.[3]

Plot[edit]

Four teenaged friends (Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, and Jade) are happy that they're about to start their first year of Carry Nation High School. Meredith Baxter Dimly, the student body president, who wants everyone to belong to a clique, and goes about organizing students. Meredith 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 then meets Cameron and is instantly smitten, further distancing herself from her friends. Sasha is recruited as a cheerleader. Jade joins the science club, then meets Dexter and discovers a passion for fashion design. Yasmin joins the journalism club, but later in the movie decides to focus on another passion: singing when she watches the music class. She also meets Dylan who is deaf but can lip read. Yasmin feels lonely as she her friends are busy with their own cliques. The friends begin to drift apart as they are compelled to stay within their cliques. Completely alone and with no enriching activities to do, Yasmin reluctantly walks back to her home.

Two years later, the girls and Manny, Yasmin's younger brother, arrives at school where Cloe, Sasha and Jade still goes off to their cliques once again. Inside the school gym assembly, Cloe watches Cameron with her video camera until Meredith interrupts and kisses him. Principal Dimly, who is the school principal and father of Meredith, begins his speech about his daughter, who also makes her speech that she announces the upcoming talent show with a prize of a scholarship. At Dimly's mansion, Cherish, Meredith's younger sister, conflicts with her and Meredith leaves with her dog, Paris, since Cherish sarcastically comments about her and Paris' style. In the music class, Mr. Whitman, the music teacher, demonstrates Dylan with a turntablism. A moments later at lunch, Meredith along with her two best friends, Avery and Quinn are walking around and she was jealous to see Cameron flirts with Cloe, she sends Paris, who bites on Cloe's pants and disrupts her conversation with Cameron until where she loses her balance and accidentally drops her lunch atop of Jade, who also topples on the trash bin and crashes on Sasha, which also slips on the skateboard that rolled directly to Yasmin also falls on the table, this leads the food fight between the students that accidentally knocks over the statue of Principal Dimly, breaking it instantly. Principal Dimly and Vice Principal Sludge arrive at the scene to witness the damaged statue. Meredith smugly informs Vice Principal Sludge about this, he then subsequently sends the girls to detention.

After their quarrel in the detention room, the girls realize that they miss being BFF's and decide to be friends again. Unbeknownst for them, Meredith was viewing them from the security cameras in her office with Avery, Quinn and Cameron on the conference table, she then blames Cameron for the girls "creating an anarchy in her kingdom". Meredith plots to use her USB to blackmail the girls. Somewhere that night at Yasmin's home, she and her mother, Bubbie, are doing the La Cucaracha dance while Manny secretly records her with his cellphone. The girls are seen enjoying themselves at the mall. Meredith unfairly dismisses some of the performers, since it would be a threat to her talents. Back at school, Cloe, Jade and Sasha decided to be with Yasmin rather than their spending time with their clique and makes their clique barrier, leaving students confused, including Avery, Quinn and Meredith's chagrin. Yasmin then devises a plans with her friends. They also try to get the other schoolmates to socialize outside their cliques.

Meanwhile, Manny went to Dimly's mansion and meets Meredith and Cherish, he gives her the video of Yasmin that he secretly recorded earlier and she ask him to transfer it to her USB. After Meredith announces the students about her 2nd "Super Sweet 16" party, the girls went shopping for clothes to attend the party and Meredith invites some of the other students where the girls aren't invited, before the girls then make a plan while Meredith was preparing herself for her 2nd "Super Sweet 16" party. Somewhere in the music class where Yasmin sings, Dylan enters the class and interacts with her about the music talent. Returning home, Cloe sees Katie, her mother and the caterer, overwhelmed to make all the desserts for the party, she convince her mother to get some sleep so that she'll make the desserts. Cloe contacts her friends for help to make the desserts for the party, which they made successful. Unfortunately when Katie receives the phone call, she tells the girls that the servers aren't going make it to the party and worried that her job is at risk, but the girls decide to be the servers for the party. Katie reveals the girls about Meredith's "2nd Super Sweet 16" Party because of Meredith's insistence and attempts to cancel the schedule, but the girls, convincing her that they should help her out at the party. Once they arrived at Dimly's mansion, Meredith have the girls dressed in clown costumes and Katie ask if they want to back out. However, the girls then decide to change their costumes to gorgeous dress. The party was filmed by MTV because Meredith's mother, Barbara Baxter Dimly, is best friend with the producers. Afterwards, the girls show up in their new dress designs which catches the attention of the cliques away from Meredith. Soon, Meredith mocks the girls and forces them to work. Sasha tries to lash out on Meredith and her friends, which to no avail. Meredith threatens to fire Katie if Cloe and her friends don't cooperate. After Meredith, Avery and Quinn walk away, Yasmin asked Cloe about her and Meredith's argument, yet she objects and goes back to work.

During the party, the girls continued their work before they meet Cherish in a clown costume, whom complains that about Meredith's snobbery for years since she felt for the girls and compliments them about their dress before she offers to kidnap her. Manny offers to kidnap Cherish since he has a crush on her, only for her to firmly reject him. While the party continues with the girls giving the meals to the cliques, Principal Dimly and Cherish are at the ring toss stand where they exchange complimentary. Later, Meredith then performs and sings her song called "Fabulous". Afterwards, Meredith have Yasmin up the stage causing Manny, knowing his own fault for this problem, promptly leaves the scene. As Yasmin gets on stage with her friends and Dexter's encouragement, she tries to perform and Meredith tells her to perform as well, hoping to humiliate Yasmin, ironically Yasmin gets stage fright and runs off greatly upset. Meredith then continue to mock Yasmin and plays Yasmin's embarrassing video with her face mask and dancing with her mother on the jumbotron. Although it first starts making the cliques laugh, but was foiled when Dylan stands up for Yasmin by having some cliques to dance in the tune which also makes everyone dance as well and the DJ to start liking it, only for Meredith to unplug the DJ's turntable. Meredith changes her into her special dress. Meanwhile, Yasmin flirts with Dylan after she accidentally bumps into him until Meredith ruins it. Spotting Cameron flirting with Cloe again, Meredith rides on Jumbo the elephant to go after them. Soon after, Cloe and Cameron's conversation ended where the circus performer bumps into Cloe, dropping her tray. After Cloe cleans up the tray, Meredith appeared and fires her on spot. Meredith tried to ask Cameron to get some drink. Cameron firmly refuses and walks away in disgust because of her cruel attitude towards the girls. Meredith attempts to chase after Cameron, yet the elephant roughly lowers her that nearly damages her shoes. Unfortunately, Meredith's 2nd "Super Sweet 16" party ends disastrously after she accidentally stumbles on Jade and smothered by her cake before unknowingly knocking Avery and Quinn into her pool when she tries to get her cliques sit back to their assigned tables, until Meredith was knocked into her own pool as well by the elephant and ruining her special dress, much to Yasmin and Cloe's amusement. Perceiving this as the girls ruining her 2nd "Super Sweet 16" party, Meredith angrily calls them as Bratz. Cherish interviews with the MTV and compliments about the 2nd "Super Sweet 16" before she snidely wishes Meredith's birthday.

During the upcoming talent show and its prize of a scholarship gives them the idea to bring all the cliques together again with a song numbers, Meredith discovers the Bratz gathered some cliques for the talent show from Avery's cellphone. Meredith calls Yasmin and blackmails her to quit. At this point, Yasmin had a heated argument between her friends and they storm off during their rehearsal. After the Bratz’ performance was cancelled and Meredith continues to the auditions by selecting and dismissing some audition performers, Yasmin, saddened, cries in sight as Bubbie comforts her. Later that night, Cloe and her friends are depressed and guilt-ridden for their mistakes as they decided not going to the talent show. However, Katie, also saddened by her daughter and her friends’ melancholy, passionately advises them to forgive Yasmin. After some thinking, Cloe, along with Jade and Sasha, reconciles with Yasmin by offering to perform back at the talent show, which she accept. At the talent show, the performers begins their poorly performance throughout the rounds. Meanwhile, the Bratz realizes about Meredith's scheme and secretly devises a plan to win the talent show, knowing to improve their performances, specifically their scores as well. In the meantime, Meredith later sings her new song called "It's All About Me". Everyone (except for Principal Dimly and Vice Principal Sludge) are unimpressed with Meredith's performance, who asks them and the judges about her best performance. Before the judges is about to give a scoring point, the Bratz arrives at the talent show but the chances are slim with Meredith's constant attempts to steal the spotlight when she rudely tries to dismiss the Bratz, but they ridicule her. Meredith tries to publicly humiliate the Bratz by showing some embarrassing video to the audience, which it backfires ultimately when they stand up to themselves and confesses their feelings and their story to everyone, including the few of them who also starts revealing their secrets. The Bratz performs and sing their song called "Bratitude" and upstage Meredith with all the cliques together with a song number (including, Cameron who has been ever since broke up with her because of her plans to abolish the Bratz would resulted in him from being rejected by Cloe). Soon, the audience cheers for them.

In the end, there is a tie. Meredith gets the trophy which everyone are dissatisfied at this and Avery and Quinn cheers for her (alongside with Principal Dimly, who awkwardly applauded to her), but the girls get the scholarship, where everyone cheers wildly and delightfully for the Bratz (with exception for Principal Dimly, Avery and Quinn). Suddenly, a MTV Vice President, Tom McShavie, appears and compliments about Meredith in her pool was outrageous, but he was spectacularly amazed by the Bratz talent as superstars and immediately offered an appearance at a red carpet, which the girls graciously accepts. He gives them the card for the red carpet, leaving Meredith dismayed. Eventually, the girls later give the Scholarship to Cloe and simultaneously named themselves as BBF until they changed to "Bratz".

During the credits, the Bratz performs at a red carpet premiere, while Meredith with Paris and her father are last seen spying on the girls on the roof, who's upset that she was supposed to win the scholarship.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Paula Abdul was dropped from the production before completion while working on American Idol. 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.[5]

Susie Singer Carter also wrote and produced the film for Lionsgate but lost her credit in a Writers Guild arbitration, Then her name appears as screenwriter on the final movie poster.[6]

The film was shot from February to March 2007 at Santee Education Complex in South Los Angeles, California, while in session.[7]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Bratz was universally panned by critics and fans alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, gives the film a rating of 10%, based on 79 reviews, with an average rating 3/10. The site's critical consensus, "Full of mixed messages and dubious role-models, Bratz is too shallow even for its intended audience."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 21 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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

Box office[edit]

Bratz grossed $10 million in North America and $16 million in other territories for a total gross of $26 million.[3]

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $4.2 million, finishing in 10th at the box office, making it a box office bomb.

Home media[edit]

The film was released to DVD on November 27, 2007 and was released for free April 1, 2020 on YouTube Movies.

Soundtrack[edit]

Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedJuly 31, 2007
GenrePop rock
LabelGeffen Records
ProducerChris Arvan, Alex Band, Reace Beatz, Cindy Cooper, Bryan Clark, Ron Fair, Matthew Gerrard, Ron Harris, Tal Herzberg, Abraham Laboriel, Mateo Laboriel, Steven "Lenky" Marsden, Anthony Mazza, Stefanie Ridel, Wayne Rodrigues, Nicky Scapa, Bradley Spalter
Alternative covers
Bratz chronology
Bratz: Fashion Pixiez
(2007)
Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2007)
Bratz: Girlz Really Rock
(2008)

A film soundtrack entitled Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on July 31, 2007 through Geffen Records. The soundtrack featured music from artists such as Ashlee Simpson, Dropping Daylight, and The Black Eyed Peas. Three singles were released prior to the album's release, "Rainy Day" by Janel Parrish, "Rockstar" by Prima J, and "Fearless" by Daechelle. The soundtrack was released in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as Australia, where it featured an additional musical track by the Australian singer and actress Stephanie McIntosh.

Sales for the soundtrack were good and the album remained on the Billboard 200 charts for three weeks, peaking during its second week at position 83.[10] Common Sense Media gave the soundtrack three stars, writing that "With heavy-hitting help from the Black Eyed Peas, The Slumber Party Girls, Ashlee Simpson, Dropping Daylight, and Lifehouse, these young performers gamely negotiate some very ordinary-sounding, preachy material and make the songs sparkle anyway."[11] The 9th track on the album “Out from Under” was later covered by Britney Spears on her Circus album.

Track list[edit]

No.TitlePerformerLength
1."Rockstar"Prima J3:25
2."Fearless"Daechelle3:39
3."Love Is Wicked"Brick & Lace3:42
4."Rainy Day"Janel Parrish3:17
5."Open Eyes"Nathalia Ramos, Skyler Shaye, Janel Parrish, and Logan Browning3:09
6."Heartburn"NLT3:21
7."It's All About Me"Chelsea Kane3:08
8."Now Or Never"Orianthi4:02
9."Out from Under"Joanna Pacitti4:07
10."In Crowd"Sean Stewart2:31
11."Express Yourself"The Black Eyed Peas3:33
12."My Life"Slumber Party Girls2:50
13."Go Go"Jibbs2:51
14."It Doesn't Get Better Than This"Alex Band2:51
15."Saying Goodbye"Matt White4:13
16."Invisible"Ashlee Simpson3:44
17."Alter Ego"Clique Girlz3:28
18."Tell Me"Dropping Daylight3:21
19."If This Is Goodbye"Lifehouse2:53
20."Fabulous"Chelsea Kane2:45
21."Bratitude"Nathalia Ramos, Skyler Shaye, Janel Parrish, and Logan Browning4:33
Australian version
No.TitlePerformerLength
22."Mistake"Stephanie McIntosh3:19
Brazilian version
No.TitlePerformerLength
22."Abra os Olhos (Open Eyes)"Li Martins3:09
23."Só Falam de Mim (It's All About Me)"Fantine Thó3:08
24."Fabulosa (Fabulous)"Fantine Thó2:45
25."Bratitude"Li Martins and Aline Wirley4:33

Video game[edit]

Bratz 4 Real
Bratz 4 Real
DS box art
Developer(s)Barking Lizards Technologies
Publisher(s)THQ
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
Microsoft Windows
ReleaseNovember 5, 2007[12]
Genre(s)Adventure
Mode(s)Single player

A video game adaptation of the film entitled Bratz 4 Real was released to the Nintendo DS and Microsoft Windows on November 5, 2007. The game was developed by Barking Lizard Technologies and was published by THQ.

The game's plot mirrored that of the film and players are tasked with completing goals and errands in order to progress the story along. The DS version of the game also allowed users to design their own clothes patterns, care for a digital pet, and play various mini-games. The PC edition also utilized mini-games, but excluded the option for players to design clothing or raise a digital pet. In both games users could play as one of the four main characters and view clips from the film.

Pocket Gamer heavily criticized the game and stated that it felt that it was released too early and that "There are some nice ideas at play, in particular where it attempts to break down the social barriers that beset children in secondary education, but as a game it's far too vacuous to recommend."[13] IGN shared similar sentiments, writing that "Bratz 4 Real does some work to recast the shallow, self-absorbed Bratz girls in a more redeeming light, using them and their friendship to tell a tale of unity and breaking down social barriers. But whereas that premise and the game's compelling customization options prove to be solid positive points for this package, Bratz 4 Real is still a game brought down by a variety of other oddities."[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bratz (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. July 24, 2007. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "Bratz (2007)". The Wrap. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Bratz at Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ "Bratz". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Caroll, Larry (July 24, 2007). "'BRATZ' STARS, VIRAL VIDEO TELL VERY DIFFERENT STORIES OF PAULA ABDUL'S ABSENCE FROM FILM". MTV. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "A team that's picked up steam". articles.latimes.com. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  7. ^ (in French) Afriqueenligne.fr Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Bratz: The Movie". Rotten Tomatoes. August 3, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  9. ^ "Bratz". Metacritic. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "Top 200 Albums (2007)". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  11. ^ "Bratz: The Movie Soundtrack - Music Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Thomas, Lucas. "Bratz 4 Real Review - IGN". IGN. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  13. ^ "Bratz 4 Real review - DS reviews". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  14. ^ Thomas, By Lucas M. "Bratz 4 Real Review". IGN. Retrieved May 18, 2016.

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