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Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Less shopping, more friendship in undersea Barbie adventure.

Movie NR 2012 74 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Exactly what we’re trying to move our girls AWAY from

Mean girls, poor sportsmanship, nothing but bikinis, blondes and light skinned girls are prominent but darker skin and hair take a back seat. There’s a positive lesson buried under all of this but there are plenty of other options that do a better job.
age 7+

Cute movie

My nanny kids (6, 9, 11) and my toddler loved the movie. Some scenes may be a bit scary for younger kids but those scenes are pretty comparable to the Little Mermaid - maybe even less scary than Ursula. It’s a movie about where the main characters are mermaids and surfers, so obviously the characters will be wearing bikinis/swimwear-like outfits so I don’t find it “inappropriate” as others mention.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

As a rule, sequels to straight-to-video films aren't exactly going to wow audiences, but this one is surprisingly less obnoxious and superficial than other films in the Barbie universe. There are no cute merman or human hunks to impress, and we're spared the many shots of the protagonist and her friends shopping that were so blatant in the original. And unlike Princess Charm School, which was all about make-overs and Cinderella-style transformations, this sequel is a call to action, a reminder of what's really important.

The movie takes a realistic look at how competitiveness can consume someone to the point that they're willing to do anything to win. There are also valuable lessons in tolerance (Merliah's friends don't mind that she turns into a mermaid), generosity, and courage. The animation in these videos is never as thorough as that in feature animated films, but the characters in Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2 are more substantial than other Barbie creations, and the story is sweet and refreshingly romance free.

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