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Parents' Guide to

The Barbie Diaries

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Barbie and friends take on popular kids in animated tale.

Movie NR 2006 70 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 2+

This movie is not good

Salutations fellow parents, this movie is ‘lucrative’ and barbies eyebrows were pink for half the movie cos the animators dont understand basic colour theory. There wasn’t enough people of colour only a token black girl and a somewhat East Asian/ wasian looking sidekick to Raquel’s populazzi. The movie’s plot is incredibly cliche, my daughter ally predicted all the plot points and she is only 3. There are too many overused tropes. But somehow, this lowkey makes the movie kinda enjoyable still mid tho.
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age 4+

Hilariously stupid

The Barbie Diaries is a hilariously bad watch for anyone over 12 or so (kids younger than that may be able to take it a bit more seriously). The animation is absolutely terrible (the entire movie looks like a computer game from 2005), the music is laughable (it’s along the lines of the cheesy “tween rocker girl” stuff that was popular in the mid-late 2000s—think Hannah Montana), and the plot/dialogue are cliché and generally atrocious. However, these factors make the movie an (ironically) enjoyable watch for teenagers and young adults. Like a Disney Channel Original Movie, this “film” (it’s only a little over an hour long) will suck you in for all the wrong reasons. It’s enjoyable in the same way that reading the stories and fan fictions you wrote when you were 10 is enjoyable.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
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Is It Any Good?

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

This movie tries to be meaningful but the messages are so mixed that it would be difficult to say what the meaning actually is. The message in The Barbie Diaries seems to be that it's a mistake to conform to standards set by shallow, popular kids who are more consumed with being admired than with being true to themselves. However, like the "populars," Barbie and her friends like to talk about clothes and makeup and boys, and like the populars, they have long legs, thin thighs, and perfect hair. Looks are not everything, but it's difficult to accept the premise that Barbie, Tia, and Courtney are unpopular figures of derision. Many movies that talk up the virtues of nonconformity at least present role models who regular-looking kids can relate to. Barbie is the lead guitarist and singer in a band. She is cute and perky. But in her fictional world, friends somehow describe her as unexciting. Tia and Courtney say Barbie is "levelheaded" and "kind-hearted," the "glue" that holds the trio together. Yikes. It must be tough standing out in their world. Many of the stories in the Barbie entertainment franchise are princess-oriented. Fantasy also persists in this high school-Barbie world of blissful, upper-middle class privilege. Kids buy their own formal dresses in fancy shops and drive themselves to school in convertibles. It seems like a pretty darn golden existence, a life unhindered by nagging parents, curfews, and poverty. Who needs exciting?

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