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Barbie: Mermaid Power

By Jennifer Borget, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Sweet animated musical promotes friendship, acceptance.

Movie NR 2022 65 minutes
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The Barbie franchise continues to evolve as Barbie: Mermaid Power showcases a diverse cast and positive messages, with talented girls and women discovering their inner powers. The colorful setting and straightforward story make it fun and enjoyable. The songs are catchy and tout messages of kindness and confidence that are simple enough for the youngest viewers to understand and enjoy. Barbie fans who have seen the previous mermaid tales will recognize some familiar faces from Pacifica. Others new to the mermaid storyline might miss a couple of references to previous movies, but those aren't not necessary to follow along. Viewers new and old will still be able to jump right in and enjoy the story and characters.

Each character experiences their own set of growth during the story. Brooklyn Barbie gets to experience being a mermaid for the first time and she adds a dose of realism to the mix, often calling out the bizarre scenario while also being able to embrace the situation. Malibu Barbie plays a little more of a supporting role than she usually does, often taking a backseat to the other characters and allowing them to shine in their own way. But when it comes down to it, the characteristics people love most about Barbie (her loyalty, kindness, and empathy) still radiate.

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