Rent Barbie (2023)

3.2 of 5 from 489 ratings
1h 49min
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Synopsis:
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 (Ryan Gosling).
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Tom Ackerley, Robbie Brenner, David Heyman, Margot Robbie
Voiced By:
Helen Mirren
Narrated By:
Helen Mirren
Writers:
Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach
Others:
Andrew Wyatt, Jacqueline Durran, Mark Ronson, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer, Finneas O'Connell, Billie Eilish
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Children & Family, Comedy, Music & Musicals, Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Collections:
Award Winners, BAFTA Nominations Competition 2024, Getting to Know..., Getting to Know: Margot Robbie, Oscar Nominations Competition 2024
Awards:

2024 Oscar Best Music Original Song

BBFC:
Release Date:
23/10/2023
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Catalan Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.00:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/10/2023
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Catalan Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Atmos, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
Castillian, Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Italian Hard of Hearing, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • 6 Barbietastic Featurettes
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/10/2023
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
Canadian French Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Atmos, Italian Dolby Atmos, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French Parisian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • 6 Barbietastic Featurettes

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Reviews (12) of Barbie

Surprising Comedy Satire - Barbie review by GI

Spoiler Alert
06/08/2023

A comedy that will actually appeal to adults who will get the double entendres some of which are very, very funny. Overall this is not really a children's film although I suspect most adults will see it only as they escort their young, mostly female, children to the cinema. So this is a satire about relationships, love and above all gender wrapped up in a comedy fantasy that will have you laughing out loud but perhaps a little disappointed that it fails to maintain the courage of its convictions. 'Stereotypical' Barbie (Margot Robbie) lives in Barbieland with all the other Barbies and the Kens. Beach Ken (Ryan Gosling) forever moons over her while feeling jealous every time any other Ken gets her attention. One day Barbie has thoughts about dying and is sent into the 'real' world to find the reason. Ken tags along for the ride. While Barbie is seeking the person who has lost their mojo Ken gets a flavour for male dominance and heads back to Barbieland to turn it into Kenland. There's songs, dancing, great scripted monologues about the role of women in society and film homages to savour including an early 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) one and you'll spot others too. Gosling is excellent throughout and has all the best lines and Robbie was made for the role of Barbie. The support cast are good including Will Ferrell, Rhea Perlman and Michael Cera. The film is a two hour commercial and there's no doubt Mattel will sell lots of dolls on the back of this and whilst it's bold enough to attack the meaning behind the product it was disappointing that the young girl that shuns everything Barbie represents ends up converted to the cause as it were. An interesting comedy that is better than I was expecting.

7 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Yay! Girl power for the hard-of-thinking! - Barbie review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
08/11/2023

After the wokist travesty of Pride and Prejudice, at least this over-hyped Greta Gerwig kids’ movie is an improvement. I know, it had to be. Still, let’s give it a charitable two stars instead of one. Unless you’re an uncritical young girl, it’s still surely a pain to sit through, with its embarrassingly simplistic brain-dead message shoved down our throats to a cheery muzak score (except for the obligatory plinky-plonk piano during the cringe-worthy maudlin bits). There’s so little going on here besides the bubblegum message that it has to run out of steam and does so with impressive tawdriness by filling screen-time with barrel-scraping musical numbers.

“Just tell me what you want, what you really really want.” You might as well listen to the Spice Girls as watch this movie. That would save time, have more intellectual heft and, hard to believe, be less annoying.

4 out of 8 members found this review helpful.

Pretty much what I expected... - Barbie review by TB

Spoiler Alert
14/11/2023

Pretty much what I expected.. not very good...

.. or maybe it is, for a girl's female empowerment misandrist night-out...

(I'm male)

The somewhat predictable, but contrived premise of all men & women hating each other (or taking the opposite sex for granted at best) dominate this movie, and is the main origin of the 'laughs' (not that there is much funny about this movie), and actually seems to preach women's apparent superiority over men... ("ha ha, that's so funny!" x 50)

Or am I being too harsh? (as we do live in a predominantly patriarchal society & world)

But saying that, there is the odd bit that is quite clever or works well (like the 2001 pastiche), although the film is essentially bigging up the concept of Barbie as a whole (more than just a mere doll of course!).

My partner (female) said to me - "Loads of people [women] told me this film is great..?" She didn't get it either...

And is Will Ferrell simply just a very annoying actor, or just always acting an annoying part in everything he's in?

4 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Barbie review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

In the 1980s, Barbie’s first movie debuted on home video. It was an awful animated musical that tried and failed to push a message of world peace amid a sloppy and unfocused script. Even with the slew of direct-to-video movies that followed, the bar was still pretty low for Barbie’s first live-action theatrical film. And yet director Greta Gerwig knocks it out of the park with a film that is as brilliant in its tapping of feminism as it boasts the toys' colorful allure.

Rather than play it safe as a glorified toy commercial with a brainless fish-out-of-water adventure, Gerwig’s film touches more on Barbie’s cultural influence and how the imagination clashes with reality. The central Barbie (Margot Robbie) resides in the fantastical Barbie Land, where everything seems perfect. She resides amid the many Barbies of various professions, and the various Kens (Ryan Gosling as the main Ken) exist to gain their attention. With no issues of dwindling resources, political problems, or money issues, Barbie Land is the perfect world of music, color, fun, and feminism. Or is it?

Barbie’s perfect life is thrown off when she starts thinking about death. When contemplating her experience, strange things start happening, including her feet going from constantly in a state of heels to flat. With such developments being read as a sickness within her community, she must venture into reality to find answers. The problem is that Barbie has been so divorced from reality that she assumes her iconography as a doll has changed the world for the better. She’s in for a rude awakening when she arrives to discover that sexism and patriarchy are very much alive.

Although the Barbie movie does have the pastel-flavored zaniness it’s been advertised for boasting, it might surprise viewers how much teeth this film has. The humor present goes beyond the obvious jokes about Barbie and Ken don’t have genitals (although they do transform that joke into the perfect punchline). The central focus of challenging gender norms and questioning feminism versus patriarchy is more than just winking nods. It’s more like gut-punches that range from being absolutely hilarious and caught-off-guard tearful. Consider how Barbie first enters the real world. There are the expected hi-jinks of getting used to cat-calling and a misunderstanding of the capitalist structure. But then she takes a breather to adjust to the human world with all its joys and pains, turning to an elder and remarking how beautiful she is. Not exactly a scene I expected from a film promoted with such bombacity.

This film never slows down too much to explain its logistics. The border between Barbie Land and reality is a hazy one, where even scenes in the LA-based offices of Mattel look like a location of weird whimsy. It’s not important how the company conceived of Barbie Land. What’s more important is how the CEO (Will Ferrell) is a bumbling man stumbling over himself in an attempt to be an ally and how the original creator of Ruth Handler (Rhea Perlman) acts more like a God trying to let her creation flourish on her own. The very thesis of the film comes expertly delivered by America Ferrara, ranting on the anxiety that comes with being a human woman that Barbie has yet to fully embrace.

The Barbie movie is way more than just a toy commercial. It’s every bit the film that one might expect from Gerwig and co-writer Noah Baumbach, tapping into the nature of women and the comical observations on existentialism. The fact that the film can be all this and still have fun with references to the toys, staging the plastic oddness of Barbie Land, and having an intoxicating musical dance-off of Kens is an unexpected joy. Few films released in the summer ever feel this bold and beautiful, having just as much thought placed into the script as the Dream House sets.

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