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A flawed doll is banished from her perfect world and embarks on a journey of self-discovery.


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Faced with the unenviable challenge of trying to produce a work of wit and heart within the confines of a corporate intellectual property as large as Mattel's Barbie doll, director and co-writer Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) generally comes out on top. Drawing on inspirations as diverse as The Wizard of Oz and The Truman Show, the iconic doll's cinematic debut is a fun comedy that follows a Barbie (Margot Robbie) who must travel to the real world to discover what is making her imperfect in utopian Barbieland. However, she soon discovers that the invention of the Barbie dolls has not been the feminist panacea they themselves imagined, and that the real world is quite the opposite of what they live in their utopian world. Funny, clever and with incisive comments about patriarchy, it is an entertaining popcorn proposal that almost (ALMOST!) makes us forget that it is a huge commercial for Mattel. 



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Plot summary

To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full‐on existential crisis. Or you're a Ken.

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