“Barbie” (Warner Bros.)
By OSV News
Tedious ideology-driven comedy in which the Mattel doll of the title (Margot Robbie) and her male sidekick (Ryan Gosling) leave the feminist paradise they’ve always inhabited and journey to the real world where she discovers the tribulations, and he the joys, of patriarchy. With male dominance threatening to ruin Barbie Land, the heroine will need the cooperation of all her many eponymous alter egos as well as the help of a mother-and-daughter duo (America Ferrera and Ariana Greenblatt) from the realm of human beings to avert cultural and political disaster.
As scripted by director Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, the film bemoans the plight of women while blithely stereotyping men as selfish, childish and aggressive. Additionally, although objectionable elements are relatively few, this is distinctly not a movie for the age group to which the famous figurine is primarily marketed.
Stylized physical violence, a few instances each of mild swearing and crass talk, mature wordplay, brief sexual and anatomical humor. The OSV News classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.