Much like the MyScene and Bratz DVDs, PollyWorld is a video tie-in to the popular girls' toy, this one called Polly Pocket, which features tiny, plastic dolls with snap-on clothing. In this movie, Polly and her good friends, The Pockets, are getting ready to compete on their favorite reality show, "Roll Like That!" at the PollyWorld amusement park. Problems abound, however, when the girls must face down their mean, clique-ish classmates, led by insincere ringleader Beth. Polly is also ambivalent about her father's impending marriage to her soon-to-be stepmother, Lorelai.
The opening of PollyWorld is almost exactly like the MyScene movie, so if you own that, it may be difficult to tell the two apart. That said, it is far less vapid, as it addresses very real issues to girls, such as getting along with other girls and creating identities outside of cliques. There are many mentions of high-tech devices such as PDAs and instant messaging, which keeps the dialogue fresh and current. Speaking of dialogue, the writers go a little too far when they incorporate such cringe-inducing words like "supertastic" and "spectabulous" into the script. The film deserves major kudos for incorporating a topic such as remarriage into the plot, but based on the questionable actions of Polly's stepmother, who isn't as nice as she pretends to be, parents in a new or impending marriage may want to view those parts first in order to evaluate whether this film might trigger some painful emotions in their own kids.
Girls from ages seven to about eleven will love protagonist Polly, a sincere but privileged girl who rides around in a limo, and has her own band, her own amusement park, and even a pink cell phone. Moms and Dads may want to watch along with their daughters in order to discuss some of the relevant themes raised by the plot, such as step-parenting, personal fears, and the difficulties of friendship.