Barbie and the Secret Door

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Magical tale with an engaging story and positive messages.

NR 2014 81 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 5+

Terrible Role Model For Kids

So I'm not a parent, but I am an adult and a friend and I have recently gone on an escapade of watching all the barbie movies and by far this is the worst we have come across so far. There are so many things wrong with this movie. The protagonist is set up to kind of have social anxiety and I was intrigued that they were going to explore that concept, but then she just magically got over it without doing anything. The antagonist is a disabled child trying to commit the barbie equivalent of genocide. Let me explain that a little better. Princess Malucia (the "antagonist") Is a child in a fantasy world. According to other characters in the movie, Malucia is the only princess to ever be born without magic in this world; everyone else, including the civilians, has magic. Therefore, by the logic of the movie, she is a disabled child. This doesn't make her taking everyone's magic away to keep for herself okay in any way, but we have to remember that she's like 8 and spoiled so badly that she doesn't understand why her actions are wrong. During her song, Malucia spouts some lyrics that I find very disturbing for a child to say such as "But you'll still get around 'cause you can crawl" and "It might just leave you curled up in a ball”. One can only conclude this is the influence of her awful parents who, in my opinion, are the real villains in this story. However none of this compares to the awful conclusion our protagonist comes to when trying to give everyone their magic back. Instead of handling things like an adult (the protag is 17 btw) Princess Alexa decides to deceive Malucia by giving her all of her magic as well, shattering the wand containing all of the magic and sending the child flying backwards where she hits her head on a chair and is hit in the face by a very large cake. When this is over, Alexa shows no concern for the literal disabled child she just injured and even remarks much later “I wonder what happened to Malucia.” Because she cared so little about the consequences of her actions that she didn’t even check if Malucia was okay. It is later implied that Malucia has done this multiple times. Her parents also do not punish her, instead they give her a present??? Like it was a good thing she tried to take away all of the citizens magic for herself??? Other negatives: The songs are awful. I hate all of them. The colors are way to saturated and hurt my eyes. OH! And all of the fairies are racist against mermaids in this movie. Yeah. Whenever a mermaid does something kind of dumb, a fairy will sigh and shake their head and say “mermaids” in a really condescending tone. The main fairy/mermaid duo we meet have such a toxic friendship that it pains me. There is a point in the movie where the fairy tells the mermaid she’s a genius for having a good idea and the mermaid responds very surprised “I am?” and I feel so bad for her. Overall I really dislike this movie and think it’s a bad influence. I don’t have kids, but I would never encourage them to watch this if I did. Other barbie movies are great. Anything from before 2011 is fine. After that I struggle to think of any solid movies that don’t make me want to scream in frustration and confusion.
age 15+


it was great. I'm 34 years old and one of the best movies ever. All the singing gets me very ecstatic. i also have it on blu-ray with bonus features, best features I've ever seen.

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