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The rest of the movie is fun and has lots of shopping, sugary sweet pop music and all the other girly stuff...just be aware of the weird dark cloud hanging over the plot ~ we could have done without the drama and seeing my daughter worry about a stepmother was a little uncomfortable - too much for a 5 year old.
My daughter (almost 5) LOVES Polly Pockets, so this was a must have for her. After watching it with her today, I wish I had read more reviews before purchasing it.
The plot of the movie centers around Polly's father's fiancee wanting to get Polly off to boarding school so the fiancee can have the dad all to herself. The second theme is the competition between the good Polly and the bad Beth.
The subject is just above the comprehension of most young kids.
It might help to know that market research has shown that video entertainment product can extend the target group viability for an additional couple years. So while Polly Pocket maybe aimed at, for example 4-9 year olds...the presence of a video counterpart has shown to extend the marketability to, for example 12 year olds. As young children aspire to be older, an older sensibility is used on purpose. No one in high school wants to watch a movie about high school. This follows that premise.
You might also be interested to know that market research has shown that "girls love elevators" or "girls love exploring hotels" or "girls aspire to be in rock bands"...that is why these elements are included in the plots...not to drive the plot...but to hit all the important marketing points.
Also, this "movie" isn't the creation of the writer, the director, or the production team. This movie was created by an executive and the staff at Mattel. The production house is solely charged with making all of these things work. The reality of it is that, in the end, Mattel has to have something to put on a shelf to coincide with a toy release. It doesn't matter if it is good or bad...it just has to be present.
I hope that illuminates some of the criticism...all valid...but all based on the idea that this was supposed to be a movie...it never was...it has always been a commercial.
There is a lot for parents to be concerned about in this movie, but, handled properly, it can be a useful tool. It is a showcase of positive and negative characters.
The movie provided some valuable teaching moments about competition, intention, greed, 'popularity', leadership, deviousness, etc. I was also able to point out that the dad had dropped the ball by keeping Lorelei a secret (for a year!) and not involving Polly in his future plans for the family or herself.
Political correctness aside, the story worked for my advanced daughter, who has watched this thing at least 5 times since Christmas Day. The story can be simple enough for a younger girl, but have more depth for an older one as well.
Recommended, as long as you watch with your daughter and discuss the variances form your own values.
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Great Movie to get if you have kids especially young girls they would definitely like this cartoon... And if you are into polly pocket too.Published 4 months ago by Amber
I absolutely love this movie!! I'm in college and I remember watching this movie when I was still in elementary school! I absolutely recommend this movie to any child 7+. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hannah
Daughter rented this from the library several times and we were able to purchase inexpensively online. She's happy. Shipping was fast and efficient. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Jeffery A Marden
It's a different region. It would not work on the systems in the U.S. I could not play it. My grand daughter was so upset and disappointed.Published on November 15, 2013 by Iris
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