Written by Paige Oschwald
The quarantine situation has left me with plenty of free time to scour my YouTube recommendations, leading to my recent rediscovery of the iconic film “Bratz: The Movie,” which is available for free on the site. The 2007 film is roughly based on the Bratz doll line of the early-2000s, with actresses playing the roles of the titular four: Cloe, Jade, Sasha and Yasmin.
The movie begins as the core four begin their first day of high school and immediately clash with Meredith, the controlling student body president. Meredith fits right into the niche of cliche mean girl, and her appearances never cease to leave viewers entertained, as all of her actions are unbelievably ridiculous. There is one particular moment, later in the film, in which Meredith decides to have a second Sweet Sixteen birthday bash, rides in on an elephant and proceeds to complete an elaborate song and dance number centered around her own fabulousness.
Meredith’s motivation in the movie is increasing her popularity by sorting her classmates into cliques based on their interests. These include the loners, cheerleaders and ever so comical “people who dress like dinosaurs.” These “cliques” become the main form of conflict in the movie–will the Bratz stay friends despite their differing hobbies? Sasha is a cheerleader, Cloe is a soccer jock, Jade is smart and Yasmin likes to sing. These basic hobbies separate them, until a two-year time skip lands them in the role of juniors. The gang runs into each other through an absurd food fight (caused by Meredith), which leads to the eventual confession that, yes, they do want to become friends again. However, this will come at the cost of their reputations and cliques because Meredith is not going to make friendship easy for them. With a talent show in the distance, the Bratz must prove they have what it takes to break down the cliques.
The movie is hilariously dumb and is, at the end of the day, made for children. As unrealistic as it is, the movie is still lighthearted. It may not be a cinematic masterpiece, but it is great if you are bored and looking for a free laugh or a dose of 2000’s nostalgia. “Bratz: The Movie” is a charmingly ridiculous take on high school, friendship, family and, of course, a passion for fashion.