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Barbie (2023)

The Story

After being expelled from the utopian Barbie Land for being less-than-perfect dolls, Barbie and Ken go on a journey of self-discovery to the real world. There, they face challenges and encounter diverse characters, prompting them to confront societal expectations and redefine themselves. Through humor, adventure, and a dash of meta-commentary, the film explores themes like beauty standards, female empowerment, and finding your own purpose, leaving both Barbie and Ken forever changed.

The Deets

Rating: PG-13 (Brief Language|Suggestive References)
Runtime: 1h 54m
Genre: Comedy
Original Language: English
Release Date (US Theaters): Jul 21, 2023  Wide

Main Cast

Margot Robbie as Barbie
Ryan Gosling as Ken
America Ferrera as Gloria, a Mattel employee who finds Barbie in the real world
Kate McKinnon as Weird Barbie
Issa Rae as President Barbie
Rhea Perlman as Ruth Handler, the inventor of Barbie
Will Ferrell as the CEO of Mattel

Production & Crew

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Co: LuckyChap Entertainment, Warner Bros., Mattel, Heyday Films, Mattel Films
Director(s): Greta Gerwig
Producer(s): David Heyman, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Robbie Brenner
Writer(s): Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach
Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto
Music: Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt
Editor: Nick Houy
Makeup Lead: Robb Crafer (principle), Lois McIntosh (crowd)
Costumes: Jacqueline Durran

Initial Thoughts

Barbie is to pink as summer is to air conditioning — and I love all of it! From the trailers and clips released in anticipation of the film, the movie looks f’ing amazing. When is Universal Studios going to have Barbie World up and running so we can all play out our life-size Barbie fantasies? The movie introduces Barbie core and satisfies that inner girl who used to shove her doll into the pink Jeep for a road trip to the living room. JC

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