Parents' Guide to

Barbie and the Diamond Castle

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Charming friendship tale ties into lots of toys.

Movie NR 2008 79 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 18+

2 Bestfriends.

I really love barbie especially Barbie and the Diamond Castle,the songs are very beautiful its so pleasing in the ear and it reminds me growing up watching barbie films again and again.Its really fun that I knew about this,I cant take the songs and the lyrics out of my mind.The songs was inspirational,I really understand the meaning behind those lyrics.I was thankful I didn't grew up without this or my childhood will be boring
age 5+

Great Messages and Music

My favourite film as a kid, I was very timid and hated Mulan but there's nothing really that scary in this film. Slyder the dragon is comedic, and Lydia (the main villain) is on about the same level as a standard disney princess villain, if not less scary. The songs are mainly covers of songs by the Mexican band RBD, so are among the better of the barbie musicals. It shares great messages about friendship, and is one of the few Barbie films not to end in a wedding/the main love interests riding off into the sunset together. (Though looking back it was arguably the most LGBT representative film of my childhood.)

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Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (14):

Music is a central theme of this film, and it gilds the plot in a surprising aura of skillfully crafted songs. The general score, performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, is not cloying or overt, but rather serves to emphasize the theme of harmony among friends. Very young girls in particular will want to "play" Alexa and Lianna after they've seen the movie (and Mattel is happy to supply them with dolls and set pieces, of course).

Overall this is a mild film, which has a drifty ambience that may surprise adults with its watch-ability. The performances are not shrill, nor are the characters syrupy sweet or randomly evil. They seem actually rather innocent and self-effacing. And their tale is one with plenty of lessons. Connection and friendship are touted as being more important than having excess food, a closet full of clothes, or a bigger house. And loyalty trumps everything. Barbie says: "Real friends care even when you make a mistake." And she seems to mean it in this movie.

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