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Will the Real Barbie please stand up?

Meet the Cast:

Margot Robbie: Barbie
Ryan Gosling Ken
Will Ferrell Mattel CEO
Emma Mackey:
Simu Liu:
Michael Cera: Alan
Kate McKinnon
America Ferrera: Gloria


As promised here is my quick review of Barbie. I didn’t play with Barbie that I can remember and if I did, it was short lived or long enough to pull a leg off or cut the hair off, if I remember correctly. I do remember getting a life size doll one year at Christmas that walked and talked which I had an affinity for a few seconds.

The opening scene where the children were playing with their dolls is still perplexing to me. I’m not sure if they were conveying the message they did not want to have these real life looking dolls and would rather be Barbie or if they were breaking the mold of Barbie being the stereotypical image girls should aspire to.

Either way, it caught your attention. I would never have chosen to go to see this movie since I continually work with breaking stereotypical views of woman and have always viewed Barbie as putting woman in a mold devoid of introspection and intelligence.

Director, Greta Gerwig did an amazing job directing this movie and it turns out, that’s just what she had in mind. While not for kids because it is mostly directed to adults and goes over their head which can be confusing, it is a wonderful movie with amazing music and incredible dancing.

It is getting rave reviews from critics and judging from the laughs and box office sales of $214 million during its first five days at the domestic box office, it’s off the charts.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the movie. It starts out in typical Barbie World where everything is perfect and everyday is as good as the last and as good as the next until Barbie starts having some real feelings that are incomprehensible to her and she starts to malfunction. A visit to “Weird Barbie” directs her to visit the real world and find the culprit that must be playing with her in life causing her to have real life feelings and return her to “Stereotypical Barbie”.

Ken jumps in the car and claims he is going with her which she’s not thrilled about. Once they get a taste of what it’s like navigating Venice Beach and landing themselves in jail on numerous occasions, things start to change. Barbie shows up at Mattel and they are outraged with a mission to put her back in the box and save Barbie before their multi-million company malfunctions just like she is and all hell breaks loose.

She finds the illustrator that has been breaking through the Barbie molds that loved her once but has been at an impasse with her daughter who has and aversion to Barbie. She starts creating images of the not so perfect Barbie and sketches real life Barbies from all walks of life which is what creates Barbie’s malfunction.

In the meantime, Ken finds out that being self servant to Barbie’s every need is not what the real world is all about and adopts a patriarchal viewpoint and decides to go back to Barbie Land and turn it into Ken Land.

The race is on as Barbie escapes Mattel in a chase and leaves with the illustrator and her daughter to show her what Barbie land is all about. Mattel is on their heels to get there first and save their company.

When Barbie arrives she is shocked to find that Ken has changed and is no longer the self serving wonderful admirable Ken so loving and polite and has turned everyone into a patriarchal society and booted Barbie out of her domaine saying “see this is what it feels like”.

There are some wonderful excerpts in the movie about what is real and what is fake and what it means to be real. A fun fact is Barbie was inspired Inspired by her daughter’s fascination with paper dolls that looked like adults, Handler launched Barbie to the American market in 1959. It was named after her daughter Barbara. The doll was an immediate success, and Mattel, already a dominant player, became the behemoth of children’s toys.

The most touching part of the movie for me was the end when Barbie looks in the eyes of a 91 year old woman full of wrinkles and says “your beautiful”. To see the 2 of them look into each other’s eyes when Barbie asks if she can be real as she closes her eyes with real tears rolling down her eyes brought tears to mine. She says “you never need my permission”.

When Barbie enters the real world with her best friends and heads to a doctor’s visit, there’s a good chuckle but I won’t spill the beans and share it with you in case you plan on seeing it.

Overall I enjoyed the movie.

Some felt it was a metamodernist film which while tenderly attempting to embrace the paradoxes of being human in today’s world, loses the meaning it strives for by blatantly overstimulating the audience. A new term for me, but you can google it if you want to hear more. My Godson walked out for that reason to clear his head for a bit before he returned. There was a lot to absorb with everything, everywhere, all at once.


This will more than likely be my last Fun Fri-Yay for until after my first daughter delivers since I can’t sustain the pace with all that’s happening. We just discovered Hunter and the cats have fleas and gave them all baths and put some cocaine looking power all over the floors that my daughter swears works. Her cat is actually adapting well to our house finally and the fights have subsided, thank goodness.

When we were washing Hunter and Ollie and spraying the house with “cocaine” star walked by and Narnia saw her and fell down the stairs. Thank goodness she didn’t go into labor.

My dad is actually going to sell his house and yesterday I took him to look at a retirement home which looks promising. He broke out into a song and had the community begging for more. They will make him an ambassador if he comes. It looks promising.

I will more than likely post some poems and turn comments off most of the time so I can move into some respite space to bring my best self to the birth.

I will still be checking your blog posts when I can as well.

I’ll see you on Monday to share my published poems on Literary Revelations Publishing House, thanks to Gabriela Maria Milton.

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you then.

Blessings of Love,

πŸ’—

Cindy

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GraceoftheSun
1 month ago

Happy Fun Friyayyy, Cindy!!! I watched “Barbie” last week, you were so right, I LOVED it and I also LOVED the pink energy at the movie theater. It was such fun. Today was “Oppenheimer”, very different but soooo good. Thanks for sharing your review. Have a wonderful weekend.πŸ’•

Giada
1 month ago

Wonderful Barbie!!! πŸ’žβœ¨ Happy FryYay dear Cindy!! πŸ₯°πŸ’•πŸ€—πŸ™πŸ’ž

Karima Hoisan
1 month ago

I knew I wanted to see Barbie even though I was a TomBoy and played with horses and cowboys, after I saw an interview with Greta Gerwig and just saw how very cool she was:) Now seeing your review, Cindy, convinces me even more:) I might have to be transported to the capital San Jose, but I think it’s worth it . Thanks again for taking the time to review it πŸ™πŸŒΉ πŸ™‚

ivor20
1 month ago

Thank you for your very informative review Cindy … I’m afraid I hardly ever go to the movies anymore since Carole passed … just one of those things …

Baydreamer - Lauren Scott
1 month ago

Thanks for the review, Cindy! I have heard other good things about it too. Now I’m even more curious, and I loved my Barbies as a little girl. πŸ™‚ In fact, I still have them, and my daughter played with them when she was little. I didn’t play with other dolls though. Anyway, good luck with the fleas and hope all goes smoothly with the new babies. 🩷🩷🩷🩷

Sadje
1 month ago

Thanks for sharing your review of the movie. All the the best for future adventures my dear friend. ❀️❀️❀️

Sadje
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Always a pleasure dear friend

Sheereen
1 month ago

Your review sounds promising but I still haven’t got a chance to see Barbie. As a kid wasn’t fan of barbie much but would want to see what the hype is about

Sheereen
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I sleep at the theatre in that case!πŸ˜‚

katiemiafrederick
1 month ago

SMiLes Dear Cindy Regarding The Theater of ‘Barbie’
And ‘The Essence of the Movie” Beyond All the Usual
Increasing Hollywood Glitz to Gain the Attention
of our Dopamine System of

Continual Rewards
Basically Destroying
Our Abilities to Focus
And Concentrate With
Attention With The Warmth
of Being Together in Real ‘Living
Rooms’ Of Human Beings Moving
Connecting And Co-Creating Without

So Many CuLTuRaL
Clothes to Remove
The Essence And
True Simplicity
of Humanity’s Warmth

All Flesh and Blood Naked
Enough Whole Complete
Ideally of Course Yet Nearly

Impossible With So Many
Options And Colors to Dress Barbies Hehe

At 47 Burned Out Both Physically and Emotionally
in Most Every Human Bodily System Meeting my
Great Aunt Jettie Twice my Age Yet Still a Real Human

With Brightly Lit Eyes and Smiles at 94 Meanwhile me Dead (All Pain
And Numb) Within Empty Vessel Nothing Left Yet Fumes of Humanity it Was

Easy to Recognize

What i Lost In Her
Poetic Paragraphs
of Soul Actually She
Sang to me all Naturally

in Her STiLL HeART Opening
SPiRiT And SoUL of Breathing Life

When She Was Young She Lived on the
Beach Her Father Homesteading What is
Now Covered With Edifice of Human Clothes

No Windows No Indoor Plumbing Only Human
iMaGiNaTioN And Living Rooms With Real Human

Stories and Later Moving A
Bit North Toward Civilization
Hehe Without a Phone if A Member
of the Community Went Missing A
FRiEnD Would Surely Travel to Knock on A Door

Too Many CuLTuRaL Clothes And Not Enough Humanity Indeed
A Best Part of my Day is a Slow Dance Around my Neighborhood Block
Meeting and Greeting Human Beings Still Old Enough to Actually Be Real…

Yet True There
Are Wonderful
Exceptions to

Every Human
Expectation too And
i Surely Find Them Most Every Day True

Yet True if You Don’t Seek the Warmth it Goes Away….
To me at Least Barbie Wasn’t Real and Rather Creepy That Way

Hey at Least
the Ones on
the Movie Were
Human Yet How
Long Will We Be
Able to Determine that

Those of Us With ‘The Secret
Sauce’ Continuing Surely Will With SMiLes…

i am Surely Not Afraid of Getting Older As Long
As i Get to Be Human With SMiLes No Matter Pain Now And Then..:)

katiemiafrederick
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

iNDeeD Dear Cindy
Every Free Art Provides
New Lessons For Soul
β€˜Barbie’
A Cultural
Icon Most
Everyone
Is Aware
Of Is Surely
No Exception
With SMiles🌸☺️❀️

ben Alexander
1 month ago

excited for your family, Cindy <3

aparna12
aparna12
1 month ago

Wow! That’s a wonderful movie review. ❀❀❀😊😊😊 Have a wonderful weekendπŸ•πŸ πŸŽ‰

Jacqui Murray
1 month ago

Haven’t gone to see Barbie. I’ve heard too much good-bad about it! Thanks for the informative review.

msjadeli
1 month ago

How cool is it that you got to see the Barbie movie. I’m looking forward to it.

Destiny
1 month ago

your Fun Fri-Yays shall be missed.
Thanks for the review, Cindy.
(my girls have been nagging to watch 🀭)

A wonderful weekend your way and best wishes to your girls πŸ€πŸ™πŸŒΉ

Prior...
1 month ago

Thanks for sharing your opinion of this movie. I have not heard great reviews in my circle – and that had to do with the opening scene you mentioned (smashing dolls) but also for the agendas layered in and how this was not intended for kids but yet it will be planting many seeds in the millions of children that will be watching it – sigh

Prior...
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

πŸ™‚

Prior...
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I will come back and let you know my take if I end up seeing it – have a great day awesome Cindy

Prior...
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

πŸ™‚

Marsha
1 month ago

Thanks for the review. I haven’t seen Barbie, and don’t know if I will but it sounds cute. All of the women at our end of the table during our blogger meetup were talking Barbie. Finally Rob, Jodie’s husband, said, “And what about those Diamond Backs?” He’d had as much of Barbie talk as your Godson. Love your kitty face, BTW.

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Rob didn’t say he would see Barbie and I haven’t seen it either. But we were talking about the doll as well as the movie, and how it affected us when we were young. LOL That got a little graphic.

boundlessblessingsblog
1 month ago

Happy fun Friday dear Cindy and I loved the Barbie story. Nice to hear about your dad and his shifting. All the best to your daughters. Thanks for a wonderful post 😊😊😊

boundlessblessingsblog
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

You are always welcome dear Cindy. Have a wonderful Sunday. I use to give barbie dolls to my daughter when she was small and she would always keep her with her everywhere she went. Lots of love and hugs xxxxx

valenciartist
1 month ago

So sorry Cindy, but this movie, even the thought of making this movie, does not motivate me. On the contrary it makes me sad to see how little creativity can create such a fervour among people. All the best!

valenciartist
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

You’re very welcome Cindy. It’s always a pleasure to read your perspective on current items and events. Have a jolly good weekend and all the best!

A Star on the Forehead
1 month ago

Hi Cindy,
Thank you for movie summary. I still have no interest in seeing it.
Good luck to your dad on the home hunt, and best wishes as the family prepares for the birth!
Many blessings!

KK
KK
1 month ago

Thank you, Cindy, for this wonderful review of Barbie that has generated interest to watch it. My sisters used to play with Barbie dolls, I remember. Nice to know about your dad. Have a wonderful weekend πŸŽ‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ’

KK
KK
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

You’re always welcome πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
1 month ago

Hi, Cindy,

To me, Barbie has always been a turn-off. Like you, I was prone to cutting my dolls’ hair off and running outside to remove stingers from honeybees, make clover necklaces, and hold funerals for dead birds. Thank you for bringing me up-to-date.

So glad your daughter is OK. Hope you have a relaxing weekend!

Ranjana
1 month ago

I had two dolls in childhood called Jeanine and Shweta. But when I got Barbie, I forgot the other two. Barbie was with me for a long time until I decided to donate all my toys and dolls to an NGO helping orphan kids.

This interesting mixed review makes me curious to watch the Barbie movie.

DEVANG UPADHYAYA
Reply to  Ranjana
1 month ago

Shweta is a good name for a doll!!

Ranjana
Reply to  DEVANG UPADHYAYA
1 month ago

πŸ˜ƒ

DEVANG UPADHYAYA
1 month ago

The title reminds of me of

Will the real slim shady please stand up πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜›

Haven’t watched the movie
Not planning to πŸ˜„

Been a while since I’ve watched anything from Hollywood. I’m watching mostly documentaries these days

DEVANG UPADHYAYA
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

πŸ™‚

Eugi
1 month ago

Thank you for your wonderful review of Barbie, Cindy! I doubt I will get to see it but it sounds like a fascinating movie. Have a great weekend! πŸ’–

Eugi
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

My pleasure, Cindy! ❀️

Mary Doyle
1 month ago

My goodness, Cindy. You have a lot going on. Thanks for the Barbie review. I hope to see it next week with my daughter-in-law. Have a restful weekend.

ParentingIsFunny
1 month ago

Crazy how much hype and talk there has been about this movie. I don’t particularly care to see it, but I’m glad you enjoyed it. I laughed that “weird Barbie” is holding a Birkenstock in one hand. I have that exact shoe! And I’m guessing she was saying something about the pink high heel being the preferred Barbie footwear. Not for me! Oh well. πŸ˜›

Jonathan Caswell
1 month ago

WELL—GO HAVE YOUR GRANDBABY! THANKS FOR THE CAT UPDATES—I’LL HAVE TO WATCH THAT FLEA BATH! πŸ˜€

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Meow Out Loud, then! πŸ˜€

Jonathan Caswell
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

(Big Smile)

Dawn Pisturino
1 month ago

I’ve been reading your wonderful book! My review of “Re-Create and Celebrate” will appear on my blog and Amazon on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. Thanks, Cindy!

Astrid
1 month ago

Thanks for your review! My spouse and two sisters-in-law watched Barbie last week and my spouse loved the movie. I’m so happy your daughter is okay. So sorry the cats have fleas. Hope the “cocaine” helped kill the fleas.

Carol Balawyder
1 month ago

Thank you, Cindy, for the reminder that we all need to inject a bit of fantasy and pure entertainment in our overly serious lives! I was planning on seeing the movie and your review has made me more curious to see it! <3

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1 month ago

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Belladonna
1 month ago

Great review Cindy! My kiddos went and saw it and my husband feels so left out so they are going to see it again with him this Friday.

Belladonna
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

LOLOLOLOL these men are too funny!

Belladonna
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

🀣🀣🀣

dgkaye
1 month ago

Hi Cindy. Congrats on the upcoming blessing. <3 Thanks for the wonderful review with your thoughts, on the new Barbie movie. That was the best review I've read yet. I am definitely going to see it. Enjoy your semi-blog break. Hugs xox

dgkaye
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

Rest up girl, busy times ahead! πŸ™‚ And I’ll be sure to let you know my thoughts when I see the movie. <3 xx

dgkaye
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

More hugs! xxx

rothpoetry
1 month ago

Just my kind of movie! LOL Our cat was never a fan of getting bathed! Did you get any scratches!!

rothpoetry
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I have not seen it and probably won’t. I was joking. Glad your cat has adjusted to the baths.

Ingrid
1 month ago

I did wonder what all the fuss was about – now I know – and I didn’t even have to don a Barbie jumpsuit πŸ˜… thank you Cindy πŸ’–

The Wheelchair Teen
1 month ago

I ended up actually really enjoying the film as well, it was a lot of fun to see. You’re right – it’s definitely not for children though. I think some parents might’ve been confused about that before they went to see it. I really hope the birth goes well! Take all the spare time you need πŸ₯°

Margaret
Margaret
1 month ago

I really enjoyed Barbie too – feminist messages, well made and fun. Great that it included points about men’s plight too. Loved the tongue in cheek ending πŸ˜„

robbiesinspiration
1 month ago

Hi Cindy , an interesting review of Barbie. I played with Cindy dolls as there were no Barbie’s when I was young. I loved my dolls and made huge wardrobes for them from left over material which I spent hours sewing into my own dress designs. Strangely, my sisters mentioned my doll dresses about a week ago. I had lots of other dolls too. I still have a huge collection but now they are all antique or vintage. I still admire them often and they all have names.

robbiesinspiration
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
1 month ago

I’m always pleased to know about other doll collectors, Cindy. Thanks for you lovely comment πŸ€—πŸ’–

Ritish Sharma
1 month ago

Seems you’ve enjoyed it a lot . I’m going to watch this on Sunday though.

Layla Todd
1 month ago

Loved your thoughts on Barbie, Cindy, and on what makes the movie a good watch. My sisters and I had a great time at the theatre all decked out in pink 😊

Michelle
19 days ago

I haven’t seen the movie yet but I’m excited to. And I’ll definitely be wearing pink. Great review!

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