Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An All Singing, All-Prancing Turkey; Cinema

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

An All Singing, All-Prancing Turkey; Cinema

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BRATZ: THE MOVIE

(PG, 101 mins) Children/Drama/Comedy/Romance/Musical. Skyler Shaye, Janel Parrish, Logan Browning, Nathalia Ramos, Chelsea Staub, Jon Voight, Anneliese Van Der Pol, Malese Jow, Stephen Lunsford, Ian Nelson, Lainie Kazan, Emily Rose Everhard. Director: Sean McNamara.

*****

IF Bratz: The Movie, the first live action film based on the best-selling dolls, truly speaks to the youth of today then we're doomed.

Spouting cheesy platitudes as if they were the most profound universal truths, Sean McNamara's film is a crudely constructed piece of merchandising propaganda, urging its young female audience to become obsessive about make-up and clothes.

As one of the feisty teen heroines puts it: "Work your IQ girl but please don't lose your passion for fashion."

What's the point of being intelligent and sassy if you're not wearing the right lip-gloss or Bratz-licensed accessories? Cloe (Shaye), Jade (Parrish), Sasha (Browning) and Yasmin (Ramos) are BFF - best friends forever - who always put the interests of their group ahead of personal gain.

As they enter freshman year at Carry Nation High School, the girls ruffle the feathers of class president Meredith Baxter Dimly (Staub), daughter of Principal Dimly (Voight), and her entourage including sycophantic hangers-on Avery (Van Der Pol) and Quinn (Jow).

Meredith believes that students should remain in their cliques, a 'flawless' system flouted quite openly by Cloe, Jade, Sasha and Yasmin. …

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