Bratz (film)

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


Four teenaged friends (Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, and Jade) are about to start high school. Extremely controlling Meredith, the student body president wants everyone to belong to a clique, and goes about organizing students. 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 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. She also feels lonely as her friends are busy with their own cliques. She also meets Dylan 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 BFF's 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 ends disastrously and Meredith tries blackmail using an embarrassing photo to have them seated with their original cliques, which backfires.

The upcoming talent show and its prize of a scholarship gives them the idea to bring all the cliques together again with a song number, 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 and are offered an appearance at a red carpet by an MTV VP.



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.[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]


Critical response[edit]

Bratz was universally panned by critics and fans alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, gives the film a rating of 9%, based on 78 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.


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
Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack
Bratz: Girlz Really Rock

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]

1."Rock Star"Prima J3:25
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
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
22."Mistake"Stephanie McIntosh3:19
Brazilian version
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
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
Microsoft Windows
ReleaseNovember 5, 2007[12]
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]


  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". Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  7. ^ (in French)
  8. ^ "Bratz: The Movie". Rotten Tomatoes. August 3, 2007. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  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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