Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie derives from a popular line of dolls on the market with an outrageous arsenal of fashion accessories. A pro-shopping, pro-consumerism message underlies all the preaching about acceptance, confidence, standing by your friends, etc. There's a heavy emphasis on physical appearance; overweight or plain-looking girls are not very much in evidence. Food fights happen more than once.
A few provocative or tight dresses on the girls, and bikinis at poolside.
Some slapstick pratfalls, food fights, and a hostile athlete gets martial-arts punched (and impressed) by a science student.
The four heroines are multi-cultural and (mostly) confident in their abilities and friendships. Furthermore, they dare to socialize with people outside their clique at school, and one even urges her divorced parents to be civil to each other. There's a big qualifier though -- as befits characters based on a product toy line -- that they're fixated on fashion and material possessions (Buy! Buy! Buy!). Some stereotyping: the Asian-descended one is a science-math whiz. A boyfriend character is deaf, but defies the disability.
Not only are the main characters inspired by a line of toys, they're surrounded by (and practically engulfed in) brand-name clothing, cars, computers (Apple, of course), and a shopping-as-empowerment message.
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