The latest children's phenomenon to be brought to life on the big screen, Bratz is based on the adventures of those saucer-eyed, big-lipped fashion-loving dolls beloved of little girls the world over. Here, they're four teenagers from different backgrounds - music-loving Yasmin, cheerleader Sasha, brainbox Jade and footy star Cloe - whose pledge to stay best friends forever is challenged when they start high school and each fall into one of the school's different cliques. The results can only be described as mixed.
After two years of barely speaking to each other, our heroines realise the error of their ways and are reunited, but fall foul of the principal's scheming daughter Meredith, who can't abide the thought of the school's pecking order being challenged. Can their friendship survive? The answer is obvious, and if you're an eight-year-old girl then there's a good chance that this is the best film ever made, with its bright, poppy songs, in-your-face fashions and aspirational teen heroines.
"AN UTTERLY HARMLESS TIME PASSER"
For everybody else though, this movie is a bit of a chore, a teen flick stripped of everything which makes teen movies interesting (in order to appeal to a younger audience) and given to mining every cliche in the book. Chelsea Staub pretty much steals the show as mad Meredith, but the Bratz themselves have little screen presence, and you have to wonder what on earth Jon Voight is doing in this to begin with. Ultimately, an utterly harmless time-passer, but one which has little appeal beyond its target audience.
Bratz: The Movie is out in the UK on 17th August 2007.