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Barbie: A Fairy Secret

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Shopping and cattiness dominate weak Barbie effort.

Movie NR 2011 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 2+

Barbie: A fairy tale

I love this film! My little cousins love it as well, even a 4 yr old little boy. It teaches children that friendships are ups and downs, and that you need to be aware of how your actions impact others. Alot of people have said it is super catty and superficial but the film illustrates these characteristics as ugly and not good. It also promotes girl power in rescuing Ken. Raquel, the typical mean girl, shows that even if someone is mean and a bully, you can turn a new leaf. It illustrates envy and jealousy as ugly characteristics, and that forgiveness is so important. really great story and animations!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

Good but there are better Barbie movies

I like the message about forgiveness between the 2 girls, and how sometimes we just misunderstand each other, and don't let the misunderstanding get too out of hand. I'm not always crazy about the boyfriend/girlfriend themes in some of the Barbie movies because I don't want my daughter to get wrapped up in that at 7. But I'm very impressed with most of the Barbie movies, it's hard to not like them. Not as good as some others, but still cute.

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (12 ):

There isn't much substance to BARBIE: A FAIRY SECRET, which makes its faults all the more obvious. Most glaring is the gotta-have-it shopping compulsion that dominates the plot. One of the role model-type adults admits that she has created fairy transport portals to take her to "two of my favorite shopping spots when I just can't wait" to buy something. That's not just a subtle pitch for kids to get hooked on spending -- it's a frontal assault.

Though it's targeted at younger kids, there are themes here that are better suited to tweens and teens -- like very sarcastic, catty comments among frenemies, girls flirting with other girls' boyfriends, and plots to undermine girls' success. Most of these issues are confronted and dealt with, but with what consequences? There's too much Real Housewives and not enough fairy innocence in this movie for it to be recommended.

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