Parents' Guide to

Barbie in the Pink Shoes

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Barbie teaches kids about classic ballets; some romance.

Movie NR 2013 75 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+


Yuck! I had to stop it in the middle of the movie because the cattiness and inappropriateness for my 4 year old. I dont even know if id let her watch it when shes 8. Not good role models and the boys fighting over the girl even talked about the girls age. So inappropriate!
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age 6+

Barbie is still a poor role model for young girls

My 5 year old begged me to rent this for her, since she loves both ballet and the color pink. I regretted it for a couple of reasons. I checked "language" because of the taunting, sarcastic tone used by Kristen's peers - something my daughter has not been exposed to yet (she was in preschool at the time). We did use it as an opportunity to talk about speaking to each other respectfully and kindly. Still, I wasn't ready to expose her to the high school mean girls! My other issue with Barbie is that, underneath a shallow "follow your dreams" moral, there seems to be an underlying message that, if you are graceful and pretty, everything will work out for you in the end. Barbie (or in this case, Kristen) still disappoints with her unattainable body type and lack of genuine depth.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
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Is It Any Good?

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

Although it's hard to escape the marketing strategy that drives all these Barbie movies, this installment in the franchise at the very least teaches young viewers about some famous ballets. Kristyn and Hailey, who are stuck in the world of Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Snow Queen, reveal plot details and characters from each of the classic dances. There's even a cameo from the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy -- two characters kids are likely to recognize.

The filmmakers smartly gloss over the more disturbing details of the folktale based ballets (which tend to include heartache and death) and focus on Kristyn's heroic commitment to helping the fictional ballet characters she encounters. When she finally fulfills her mission in the ballet story world, she is self confident enough to face Madame Natasha (who is also the Snow Queen) and dance from the heart -- not just to the choreographed steps.

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