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Bratz
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySean McNamara
Screenplay bySusan Estelle Jansen
Story by
Based onBratz
by Carter Bryant
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyChristian Sebaldt
Edited byJeff W. Canavan
Music byJohn Coda
Production
companies
Distributed byLionsgate
Alliance Atlantis (Canada)
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 teen comedy film based on the fashion dolls of the same name from MGA Entertainment. The film is directed by Sean McNamara with a screenplay by Susan Estelle Jansen, from a story written by Adam de la Pena and David Eilenberg. It is the first live-action film based on the toyline after a series of direct-to-video animated films and a television series.

Nathalia Ramos, Skyler Shaye, Logan Browning and Janel Parrish star as the members of the group, with Chelsea Staub, Lainie Kazan and Jon Voight in supporting roles.[4] The story revolves around a group of four teenage girls, the origin of their friendship and the social pyramid that tries to make the Bratz conform to archetypal high school cliques. Principal photography took place in Los Angeles between February and March 2007.

Bratz was released in the United States on August 3, 2007, by Lionsgate. It was universally panned by critics and audiences alike, having received five nominations at the 28th Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture. It was also a commercial failure, grossing only $26 million worldwide against a $20 million budget, failing to break even.[3]

Plot[edit]

Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha and Jade are four teenage best friends about to start high school. Meredith, the extremely controlling student body president, wants everyone to belong to a clique, and goes about organizing students. She dislikes the independent spirit of the four girls and plots to ruin their friendship and make them conform to her pre-fabricated cliques.

Cloe is a soccer player. She meets Cameron and is instantly enamored, 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 decides to focus on singing. She meets Dylan, a popular jock, who is deaf but can lip read, who misses being able to listen to music. Though the girls try to make time for each other, they are all busy with their own respective interests and new friends. The friends begin to drift apart as they are compelled to stay within their cliques due to Meredith's plans.

Two years later, an accidental food fight causes them to get detention for breaking the principal statue. They realize that they miss being close friends and decide to recover that connection. They also try to get the other schoolmates to socialize outside their cliques, but their attempts fail when Meredith's second "Super Sweet 16" party ends disastrously. Meredith tries blackmailing the girls by using an embarrassing photo to have them quit the talent show. This results in secrets being revealed.

The talent show and its scholarship prize gives them the idea to bring all the cliques together again with a musical number. Meredith's constantly attempts to steal the spotlight. In the end, there is a tie. Meredith gets the trophy, but the girls also obtain the scholarship, which they give to Cloe. They are offered an appearance at a red carpet gala by an MTV vice president.

Cast[edit]

  • Nathalia Ramos as Yasmin, a Bratz member with a passion for singing.
  • Skyler Shaye as Cloe, a Bratz member and a soccer player.
  • Logan Browning as Sasha, a Bratz member and a cheerleader.
  • Janel Parrish as Jade, a Bratz and science club member with a passion for fashion design.
  • Chelsea Staub as Meredith Baxter Dimly, a rich and popular mean girl.
  • Lainie Kazan as Bubbie, Yasmin's grandmother.
  • Jon Voight as Principal Dimly, Meredith's father and the principal of Carry Nation High School.
  • Anneliese van der Pol as Avery, Meredith's first best friend.
  • Malese Jow as Quinn, Meredith's second best friend.
  • Ian Nelson as Dylan, a deaf student and Yasmin's love interest.
  • Stephen Lunsford as Cameron, a friend of Meredith and Cloe's love interest.
  • Emily Everhard as Cherish Baxter Dimly, Meredith's younger sister.
  • William May as Manny, Yasmin's self-obsessed younger brother.
  • Kim Morgan Greene as Katie, Cloe's mother with financial issues.
  • Carl Rux as Mr. Whitman, the high school choir and music teacher.
  • Chet Hanks as Dexter, a science club member with a crush on Jade.
  • Sasha Cohen as Bethany, the head cheerleader.
  • Andrea Edwards as Goalie, the soccer team captain.
  • Kadeem Hardison as Sasha's father.
  • Tami-Adrian George as Allison, Sasha's mother.
  • Constance Hsu as Julie, Jade's mother.

Additionally, director Sean McNamara makes a cameo appearance as Tom McShavie, the Vice President of MTV Networks. Producer Avi Arad also makes an uncredited cameo appearance as one of the talent show judges. Jerad Anderson plays Jonas Johnson, a member of the football team, while Lee Reherman plays the Vice Principal Sludge. Daniel Booko appears as a jock, and Susie Singer Carter as Barbara Baxter Dimly.

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 school was in session.[7]


The film was set to have a sequel, as confirmed by multiple cast members during press junkets however this never came to light. It is unknown what the plot is.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Bratz was universally panned by critics and audiences alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, gives the film a rating of 10%, based on 80 reviews, with an average rating of 3.40/10. 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] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[10][11]

Accolades[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, ultimately making it a box office bomb.

Home media[edit]

The film was released to DVD on November 27, 2007.

Soundtrack[edit]

Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedJuly 31, 2007
Genre
LabelGeffen
Producer
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.

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.[12] 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."[13] The 9th track on the album "Out from Under" was later covered by Britney Spears on her 6th studio album Circus.

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 Staub3:08
8."Now Or Never"Orianthi4:02
9."Out from Under"Joanna4:07
10."In Crowd"Sean Stewart2:31
11."Express Yourself"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 Staub2:45
21."Bratitude"Nathalia Ramos, Skyler Shaye, Janel Parrish, and Logan Browning4:33

Video game[edit]

Bratz 4 Real
Bratz 4 Real
DS box art
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)THQ
Platform(s)
ReleaseNovember 5, 2007[14]
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 Windows on November 5, 2007. The game 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 Windows version 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.

Reception[edit]

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."[15] 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."[16]

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. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. 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. Archived from the original on February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "A team that's picked up steam". articles.latimes.com. August 2007. Archived from the original on October 25, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "Afriqueenligne.fr" (in French). Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  8. ^ "Bratz: The Movie". Rotten Tomatoes. August 3, 2007. Archived from the original on April 26, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  9. ^ "Bratz". Metacritic. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  10. ^ Kilday, Gregg (August 7, 2007). "Uni's 'Ultimatum' accepted: No. 1 open". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on December 7, 2022. Retrieved January 18, 2022. though its target audience did award it a grade of B-plus.
  11. ^ "BRATZ: THE MOVIE (2007) B+". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on September 16, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  12. ^ "Top 200 Albums (2007)". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  13. ^ "Bratz: The Movie Soundtrack - Music Review". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on June 5, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  14. ^ Thomas, Lucas (December 4, 2007). "Bratz 4 Real Review". IGN. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  15. ^ "Bratz 4 Real review - DS reviews". Pocket Gamer. December 2007. Archived from the original on June 1, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  16. ^ Thomas, By Lucas M. (December 4, 2007). "Bratz 4 Real Review". IGN. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016.

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