Barbie Princess Adventure

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Royal musical has positive messages, mild peril.
  • G
  • 2020
  • 72 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Lessons about self-confidence and finding one's identity and voice as well as appropriate uses of social media.

Positive Messages

Discover and stay true to yourself. "Don't let yourself get put inside a box." Inspire others. "You can be whatever you want to be." Make memories, not just photos: "Life doesn't happen on camera. Life is what happens when the cameras are off." Some gender stereotypes. Message about not having to be picture-perfect, although most characters have thin figures.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Barbie is finding her own voice, wants to inspire others through her vlog, but she lacks much of an audience. When she's offered a major platform by an unscrupulous content aggregator, she has to decide what changes she's willing to live with. Amelia has a mass audience but hasn't been allowed to find her own identity and voice, as well as her own image beyond the "picture-perfect" princess she's been packaged as. Both girls are searching for their true identity, how best to share that with the world. Alfonso has to learn to trust Amelia to make her own decisions (and mistakes). Prince Johan uses unethical means to try to gain power; his plans are ultimately thwarted. Barbie's friends support her, keep her secrets, help her escape when she and Amelia are kidnapped. Cast is diverse.

Violence & Scariness

Animated violent sequences (nobody is injured or seriously hurt) include chase scenes on mopeds, boats, horses; Barbie and Amelia being kidnapped by (then escaping from) royal guards; exploding headphones; and airport mayhem when Barbie's puppies get loose.

Sexy Stuff

High school principal is attracted to "handsome" royal adviser. Ken seems to want to tell Barbie he likes her. Barbie dances with both Ken and Prince Johan.

Language
Consumerism

Tie-in to Mattel's Barbie products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Barbie Princess Adventure is an animated musical fantasy in the kid-friendly Barbie movie franchise. In this story, Barbie trades places with a princess who looks a lot like her. It's not the first Barbie movie with this storyline, but this film's main messages are about teenage girls finding their own identity and voice, and figuring out how best to share that online. Musical numbers are concerned with learning to be yourself, figuring out who and what you want to be, making memories and not just shareable photos, and taking responsibility for your own decisions and mistakes. There's a message about not having to be picture-perfect, although most of the characters have thin figures. Some animated violence includes chase sequences on boats, mopeds, and horses; Barbie and Amelia both being kidnapped by (and then escaping from) royal guards and an ill-intentioned prince; exploding headphones; and airport mayhem when Barbie's puppies get loose. In this film, Ken is eager to tell Barbie something, maybe that he likes her. In a final scene, he asks her to dance. Barbie also shares a couple of dances with Prince Johan, and the high school principal seems attracted to the "handsome" royal adviser. Like the other movies in the Barbie universe, this film is appropriate for little kids, despite some gender stereotypes and lots of marketing tie-ins to dolls and related products.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnna Reese September 18, 2020

Fantastic Movie, storyline is for tweens

This is a great movie for 9 and up. As far as I am concerned, the songs and the meaning to the story is not for young children in the sense that SPOILER ALERT F... Continue reading
Adult Written byLife is a journey 17 September 8, 2020

Not a fan

I usually never write bad reviews but this movie isn't the best. It has a lot of focus on "me,me,me" so basically teaching kids to only care abou... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byAmourex September 2, 2020

Lots of Diversity

This is probably one of the only barbie movies with lots of Diversity it, in this movie Barbie has friends that are Asian/light skin and black and a plus size f... Continue reading

What's the story?

Barbie (America Young) and her friends have been invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to the kingdom of Floravia in BARBIE PRINCESS ADVENTURE, but little do they know that the trip has been orchestrated with a hidden agenda by Floravia's Princess Amelia (Erica Landbeck). Amelia has realized by watching Barbie's vlog that she and the American teen look almost identical, and she has a plan to switch places for a week to finally experience life outside the palace gates. Amelia's life -- and her image -- are strictly controlled by her royal adviser, Alfonso (Dave Fenndy). The plan seems like a dream come true for Barbie, too, but their adventure is cut short when neighboring Prince Johan (Angelo Restaino) kidnaps both girls in order to steal Amelia's crown. It'll be up to Ken (Ritesh Rajan) and the gang, as well as the ingenuity of Barbie and Amelia, to set things straight.

Is it any good?

This movie shows the franchise makers continuing to evolve the brand, ensuring the blonde, blue-eyed heroine is surrounded by a diverse cast and offering a message of self-affirmation. Even if all that Barbie traditionally represents in terms of gender stereotypes rubs you the wrong way, it's hard not to admit that these animated adventures offer upbeat fun.

Themes about living life offline and finding your own voice are simple enough for the youngest viewers to grasp. They may also enjoy the exotic European-esque locale of the faux kingdom of Floravia, and the special role that animals have in this story, with pets saving the day and the characters getting a helping hoof from horses and goats. The music in Barbie Princess Adventure is snappy and the dancing, which must have been fun to choreograph and animate, is contemporary enough to one day provide a time capsule on 2020 dance moves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Barbie Princess Adventure compares with other Barbie movies. Was the storyline familiar? How about the location?

  • Do you or anyone you know keep a vlog or blog? Have you or they had to make any difficult decisions about what content to share and what not to?

  • Which of Barbie's friends is your favorite character, and why? Did you have a favorite musical number?

  • If you could trade places with one person for a week, who would you choose and why?

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