Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Trading places fantasy is fun (marketing) for little girls.

NR 2012 76 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 5+

Princess and the Popstar Review

The song "To be a Popstar" copied the song "To be a Princess" from The Princess and the Pauper.
age 5+

Barbie has a movie for five year olds! Yea!

My girls (5 and 9) both loved this movie. It was harmless without any scary parts. My 5 year old tends to get VERY scared at movies and most Barbie movies have parts that are too scary for her (according to her). This movie was refreshing in that the "bad guys" who tried to steal the diamonds were in a very minor role and their attempts to steal the diamonds were almost an afterthought. My older daughter (who can handle other movies) enjoyed it as well. Both girls loved the songs, the magic, and did not worry that aspects of the plot were not realistic. I am very happy that Barbie franchise has finally made a movie that caters to the preK/K kids--no scary parts, fun magic, and girls being strong characters. The songs were catchy as well and the girls liked dancing around . Yes, it obviously is a marketing movie for the dolls, but SO much better than the other recent Barbie movies that have cliques/rude friends/or scary villans (in the eyes of the 5 year olds). As an adult it was also cute to watch, nothing too sugary sweet!

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