In the flesh, the Bratz are still plastic

The Baltimore Sun

Bratz: The Movie, a live-action film based on a set of dolls who have also inspired assorted animated direct-to-video releases, isn't all that. With those origins, it never was going to be much.

But OMG! For a formulaic comedy about shallow, shopping-obsessed teenagers, it's about twice as good as it has any right to be. The four bratty fashion plates are distinct characters. They have personal issues to overcome - stage fright, working-class money problems, suffocating parental expectations, egoism.

Bratz: The Movie (Lionsgate) Starring Nathalia Ramos, Janel Parrish, Logan Browning, Skyler Shaye, Jon Voight. Directed by Sean McNamara. Rated PG. Time 97 minutes.

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