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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Promotes putting hostility aside to team up and accomplish important tasks; friendship must outweigh competitiveness when stakes are high. Parents cannot overprotect their children and must let go and trust as kids grow up.
Positive Role Models
Two young female characters are scientifically knowledgeable and understand complex concepts. Kara is resourceful, strong, self-reliant, and mostly obedient. Parents are caring and responsible, though must work through being overprotective. Villain and his frog accomplice are thoroughly evil. No ethnic diversity; however, skin tones are darker on one female teen.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent cartoon action sequences: Characters fly through the air in out-of-control vehicles, crash-land, and destroy property. People are hit over the head by falling rocks and heavy equipment; mountains crumble; molten lava threatens the town; a massive fire rages through a warehouse with a man trapped inside. Barbie saves a variety of people from criminals, catches people who are plummeting to the earth, and engages in an all-out, lengthy battle with two villains firing "sparkle orbs" and trying to destroy the kingdom.
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Products & Purchases
Part of the vast Barbie brand of toys, games, movies, and merchandise. This film introduces an array of new superhero Barbie dolls and accessories.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Barbie in Princess Power adds a new action-adventure dimension to the Barbie family of movies and products. Cartoon jeopardy, narrow escapes, and physical battles make up a substantial percentage of the story. Barbie "plays" a princess named Kara who, when kissed by a butterfly with magical powers, turns into Super Sparkle, a superhero with super strength, agility, special weaponry, and the ability to fly. Kara and Corinne, a rival cousin who becomes Dark Sparkle, become invincible heroines capable of rescuing innocents, rounding up criminals, and defeating powerful villains. Along with Kara's best friends, who are scientific masterminds, technological advances are made and weaponry is created, all to combat evil. Still, Kara's interest in fashion and friendship is retained; after all, she is played by Barbie. Products inspired by the movie are available for purchase. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are fewer simple "messages" in this Barbie movie and more adventure and derring-do; it's surprising to see fashionista, shopaholic, and iconic princess Barbie as a superhero. But it serves a very definite purpose: Barbie is effective, strong, resourceful, brave, and comfortable with power in this tale. Her two best friends are astonishingly competent in the realms of science and technology; they're fully at ease with physical facts and numbers. All in all, those traits are valuable for Barbie fans to recognize as viable for growing girls. Still, there is a lot of action and peril where very little has come to be expected, so some young fans might find it unsettling.
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