Parents' Guide to

Barbie: Princess Charm School

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Stereotypes and marketing mar story of likable underdog.

Movie NR 2011 81 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 6 parent reviews

age 6+

The best movie for 6 years old and up

It has a very important lesson.
age 4+

Very good!

This movie has one of the most positive role models Barbie has written. Blair wants to work hard to make life better for her family. It also teaches forgiveness.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (21):

Barbie keeps adding various careers and storylines to her repertoire, and in this less-than-stellar incarnation, she's a kind and loving princess student. Never mind that in reality, royalty is all about birthright and doesn't provide "scholarships" for random wannabes, the fairy tale will delight young girls who will look past the budget computer animation (backgrounds are fuzzy, and everything looks amateurish, without detail) and the preposterous.

While hardworking Blair is a vast improvement over a couple of other Barbie protagonists, one of the movie's most disturbing characters is Portia (Ali Liebert) -- a "dumb girl" who takes things literally because she's so ignorant. Even pseudo-villain Delancy redeems herself, but a girl as air-headish as Portia is an awful role model for girls, who may think she's funny. There are many flaws in this formulaic princess flick, but at least Blair will show that if you practice again and again, you'll get better at everything -- from posture and dancing to, one hopes, much more important endeavors.

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