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Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Product tie-ins overshadow this fashion travel adventure.

Movie NR 2010 83 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 2+

One of my favorites!

This movie was and still is one of my favorites to watch. Although many of these reviews claim it's only about materialism, it is so much more than that. In this movie Barbie is fighting to keep a family business open. I never got the whole "consumerism" lesson when watching it, all I got from the movie was that it was lighthearted and fun to watch.

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age 3+

Barbie in a Fashion Fairytale

Honestly, I love this movie! It inspires creativity and illustrates the importance of hard work. A lot of people have said it was too shallow, but in my opinion it appeals to a kids love of pretty pink things. It illustrates that forgiveness is incredibly important and that hard work at something that you are passionate about will lead to great results. They could have made things a little less pink and sparkly however. I love how it sets up a character back-story for Barbie in a Fairy Secret.

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Is It Any Good?

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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.

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