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Bratz: The Movie is a 2007 movie based on the popular but controversial line of dolls. It is set in an Alternate Continuity to the CGI films.

The movie follows Cloe, Sasha, Yasmin and Jade as they go through high school. After being broken up on the first day, Yasmin decided to take the initiative and bring her group back together and show Meredith and her Girl Posse that she doesn't rule the school.

This movie shows examples of:

  • Absurdly Divided School: When the four main characters first arrive, the Alpha Bitch Meredith tries to sort them and everyone else into cliques in an effort to keep everything orderly. This actually manages to work for a few years, as everyone but Yasmin manages to fit into a clique, and the later attempts to break out of this situation is what creates the big conflict.
  • Adults Are Useless: Principal Dimly has less influence over the school than Meredith does and he has less discipline over both of his daughters.
  • Alpha Bitch: Meredith is trying to out-bitch both Libby from Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Tess from Camp Rock with songs like 'It's All About Me' and 'FABULOUS'.
  • An Aesop: The Power of Friendship RULES! Also, Be Yourself and don't let people push you around.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Cherish is this from Meredith's perspective. Though given that she antagonizes Meredith she winds up being sympathetic to the audience and seems nice otherwise. She helps the Bratz girls discredit Meredith's lies in the finale.
  • Bond Breaker: Head girl Meredith is set upon driving the Bratz girls apart; after two years, she has succeeded in making them part of her pre-defined cliques, and they can barely speak to each other any more.
  • Broken Aesop: The movie is infamous for its promotion of unbridled materialism, since their looks and fashion seem to be the only thing the heroines have in common. This undermines the Be Yourself lesson by reducing people to their looks and accessories. No wonder Meredith split the girls up so easily.
    Animat: The last thing on earth that should tell me about being myself is a toy line that emphasises I'm nothing more than their looks, fashion and going out with boys. This is the equivalent of Hitler telling you to respect other people's beliefs.
    • Meredith may be enforcing social stereotypes because she's a dictator and likes to be Alpha Bitch, but face it, why wouldn't people with similar interests want to meet each other? It's not as if the Bratz discover they hate the cliques they're pushed into. If you've ever been lonely, you may have encountered groups that explicitly help you meet up with people who share your interests.
  • Clique Tour: Meredith lists the school's cliques to Avery and Quinn. She's even got a color-coded map of where each clique sits, and the camera pans to each group for the audience's benefit as she rattles off their names.
    Meredith: You have the goths, the skaters, the disco dorks, the beat boy blingers, the gangstas, the wanna-be gangstas,the pretzel people who are into yoga, very different from the greenies who hate anything not made of plants. Then you have the nerds, the kids who like to dress like dinosaurs, and the football jocks.
  • Clueless Aesop: Pretty much all of the characters are stereotypes of some form or another, which is hardly promoting individuality.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Meredith's dog tugs on Cloe's pants, which causes the main characters to get covered in food, thus causing them to hate each other and a massive Food Fight ensues.
  • Control Freak: Meredith, who organises everyone into cliques, even the unpopular kids, going to ridiculous extremes to discredit anybody who stands in her way.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Sasha loves this trope.
  • Expy: Meredith is a Sharpay-Evans-Rip-off. She shares her Large Ham persona and her obsession with maintaining the status quo. Though she doesn't have the likability or the Character Development Sharpay has.
  • Four-Girl Ensemble
  • Freshman Fears: The very beginning of the film involves the main characters starting high-school together and discovering that their school runs on cliques. They're slowly forced apart as they discover their new niches and end up fitting in better with other groups than with each other, before the Time Skip kicks in.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Dexter
  • High School AU: This movie is an Alternate Continuity to a universe set in a high school. It includes pretty much every stereotype you can name and even makes up new ones.
  • Hollywood Science: To make a super cool CGI fireworks show just combine three different chemicals in a pseudo smart way!
  • Informed Flaw: Cloe's 'clumsiness.' Yes, a klutz is capable of pulling off soccer moves only professionals can barely do.
  • Informed Poverty: If Cloe is so poor, where did she get all of those clothes, the computer in her bedroom, and the moped she drives to school? (It is never mentioned whether or not she has a job outside of school to make up for it.)
  • It's All About Me: The title of the song Meredith performs at the Talent Show.
  • Make Way for the Princess: Meredith and the Bratz.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The high school girl behind the man specifically. Meredith's influence in the school is so significant that she actually whispers to her father - the principal - on how to handle the Bratz when they get in trouble after the Food Fight.
  • Meaningful Name: Principal Dimly, who is indeed depicted as very dim.
  • Merchandise-Driven: It's based on a doll line so...yeah.
  • National Stereotypes: Mexicans have mariachi bands living with them. Bratz: The Movie said so. And that's just the beginning.
  • Parental Abandonment: Yasmine and her brother are living with their grandmother for some reason.
  • The Power of Friendship: BFFs WOO!
  • Product Placement: The girls/dolls.
  • Rich Bitch: Meredith.
  • Talent Show: The climax.
  • Title Drop: "You... you... BRAAAAATZ!"
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Most of the trailers compromise mostly of scenes right from the end of the movie, at the party when the Bratz triumph over Meredith, or from the food fight.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While it's unknown about her being sweet, when she sings "Fabulous" it's implied that Meredith was bullied in elementary school.
  • Wakeup Makeup: It's like they got up and fixed their hair and makeup before re-waking up.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Averted, apart from Bratz.

Alternative Title(s): Bratz The Movie