After seeing the trailers and ads online, your kid may be excited to see “Barbie,” which opens in theaters today. While the doll is made for kids, is the movie appropriate for youngsters? Here’s what moms and dads need to know before taking little ones to see the new film.
*Slight spoilers ahead*
- “Barbie” is rated PG-13, for “suggestive references” and “brief language.”
- Barbie is catcalled by some construction workers, but a lot of what they say will probably go over kids’ heads. One thing she does say back to them is “I don’t have a vagina. He doesn’t have a penis. We don’t have genitals,” before she rollerblades away with Ken. So curious kids may have questions about that.
- There’s a curse word that’s bleeped out and a Mattel logo covers Barbie’s mouth when she says it.
- There aren’t really any sexual references in the movie, as Ken doesn’t even understand what kissing is. There is a reference to the “nude blob he’s packing under his jeans,” but any kid who’s played with a Barbie or Ken doll will know exactly what’s down there anyway.
- As for violence, there is some, but most of it is mild or goofy. Barbie punches a guy in the face, but only after he slaps her butt without consent.
- The only drugs, alcohol or smoking in the movie is when the Kens drink “Brewski Beers,” but it’s done in the Barbieland way, where they hold empty bottles up near their mouths and nothing comes out.
- Kids may also have some questions about the words “feminism” and “patriarchy” used in the film.
- It’s a movie that will probably appeal to kids of all ages, with plenty of goofball humor mixed in with the social commentary.