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Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale

Movie review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale Movie Poster Image
Product tie-ins overshadow this fashion travel adventure.
  • NR
  • 2010
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Counting in French and simple French expressions are featured.

Positive Messages

Any positive messages, such as "magic happens when you believe in yourself" are overshadowed by the focus on selling the products that appear in this movie.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Barbie's Aunt Millicent acts as a positive and supportive role model, though she has given up on her dream because her critics do not appreciate her work. Plus all the women in this film appear unnaturally thin and long-legged.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Barbie and Ken share a lengthy kiss after saying they love one another. Ken's pants rip and the audience gets a glimpse of his underwear.


Everything in this movie has a product tie-in. From all of the dozens of outfits featured on the "runway," to the magical wardrobe furniture, to the pets and their outfits. Barbie also promotes her other movies by mentioning them, or standing in front of a movie poster. Even the limousines that pick the cast up at the end of the show -- decked out horse-drawn carriages with big-screen TVs inside-- are available for sale.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is a feature-length advertisement for clothing, toys, and accessories displayed within the film. While some positive messages about believing in yourself run through the movie, the overarching concentration on fashion, appearance, and consumerism overwhelm everything else.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byjocelynaus August 24, 2014

Romance, boring, shallow and mean

We've been enjoying a few barbie movies lately starting with a Pony tale and the Christmas one. This one is awful. Barbie is sacked in the start, then the... Continue reading
Adult Written byBeckstar October 29, 2011

Barbie sucks now

AWFUL. Totally shallow, over dramatised and too glittery and sparkly. They have totally changed barbie's stories into these catty stories where no lesson... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old January 21, 2011
This movie is ok but i would say the barbie age (3-7)MIGHT not get the fashion theme because fashion appeals to 9-20 year old girls! also the magic theme as man... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 20, 2011
You Go Zoe Grace1!

What's the story?

Barbie is starring in a movie about the Princess and the Pea, when she is fired from the set because she has expressed her opinions. Voices on the Internet slam her performances and she decides to quit her career as an actress. To top things off, Ken breaks up with her over the phone, so she decides to take drastic action and visit her Aunt Millicent in Paris. With a little help from three "flairies," she saves Aunt Millicent's fashion house by helping to design a new fashion line.

Is it any good?

Barbie has gone from star of the Nutcracker, to Musketeer, to problem solver in her movie career, but this movie finds her dumbed down and shallow. She says things like "wickedly mindblowing," "mega huge," and "beyond ridonkulously" when expressing her excitement. The cutesy content is a bit over the top: the scene depicting Barbie flying on an airplane to Paris with her poodle, Sequin, sharing a laugh in the seat next to her is one thing. Watching Sequin the poodle sit at a sewing machine to create a fashion ensemble is another. 

There could have been some moments of inspiration in this movie, but unfortunately, it depends a little too much on magic of selling Barbie products, and not enough on substance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this movie focuses more on material stuff than other Barbie movies. Which Barbie movies have more meaning? Which Barbie movies are about shopping?

  • Barbie and her friends are super skinny and have perfect hair and teeth. Do all teens look this way? Read more about how girls are affected by the images that they see in movies and on TV.

  • Why has Barbie given up on her acting career? Why has Millicent given up on her designing career? How can critics influence the way artists and performers value themselves?

Movie details

For kids who love the doll fashionista

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