Is the Barbie Movie appropriate for kids?
This is a question that I usually try to solve when watching a Marvel movie or another action-packed film that my kids want to see. In Barbie’s case, there’s no dramatic fight scenes or scenes that make young viewers squeamish. There are topics, innuendos, and emotional scenes that might not be appropriate for your kids.
There is controversy surrounding the Barbie movie that it’s too feminist. For those that think that way, I simply say, “get over it.” I am a feminist father, so Barbie’s fight against the patriarchy didn’t bother me. Patriarchy is a big theme in the movie and I agreed with every monologue given. It is a comedy with a point. There is some “man hating,” but it’s a comedy. And men have brought it on themselves, so just laugh it off. It’s a comedy!
I went with my family to see the movie, which included my 8-year-old daughter and my 11-year-old son. My 17-year-old daughter was also with us and she gave me a look that said, “I can’t believe they’re saying this,” a few times during the movie. The sexual innuendos went over my youngest head, but my 11-year-old understood them. As uncomfortable as those innuendos were, they were pretty funny.
The Barbie movie was fine for my kids, but I can see why some parents decide to leave kids at home. Some scenes are emotional and kids simply might be bored with them. The goofy moments in the film carried my daughter through the dramatic scenes.
I liked the film and I’m glad I saw it in the theater. It was nice to be in a room full of people laughing together. Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken are perfect in their roles. Every scene with Gossling is hilarious and will be quoted for years to come.
Barbie is rated PG-13, and it earned that rating because of a curse word, sexual discussions, and overall theme. When it streams, I’ll have no issues with my youngest watching it again.