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Parents' Guide to

Barbie in a Mermaid Tale

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fun undersea adventure oddly paired with lots of shopping.

Movie NR 2010 75 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

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age 6+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 4+

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age 7+

An ugly sight of Barbie/Merliah I've never seen before

The only thing that bothered me the most was that when Merliah was talking with her friends and Zuma at the beach. It was when she was angry about Oceana and her dreams of becoming a champion surfer and attempting to smash her necklace, it was really an ugly sight for me to see. It was a side of her I've never seen before, which was why I do my best to avoid this scene.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Because the underwater world is full of fascinating scenery, and because the adventure is pretty exciting, the rampant consumerism in this movie really is a drag. Couldn't the girls in Oceana be pretty and fun without being so utterly focused on their clothes and hair? That said, Barbie fans will enjoy the ride, though parents might cringe to hear their girls mimicking the totally gnarly surf-speak that pervades the Malibu beach scenes.

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