Barbie: A Mermaid Tale

2009 NR 1h 15m DVD

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Barbie: A Mermaid Tale

2009 NR 1h 15m DVD
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Barbie (Kelly Sheridan) isn't quite feeling herself today. In fact, she feels more like Merliah, a Malibu surf champ who's discovered that she's actually a mermaid in a girl's body. With her dolphin pal, Zuma, Merliah journeys to rescue her mom, the Queen of Oceana. Their adventures take them deep beneath the sea to a magical kingdom, where Merliah helps her fellow mermaids save the day and learns a valuable lesson in the process.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
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age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the materialistic vibe of this movie is pretty over the top. Oceana is populated with girls who shop all day and act ditzy. On the other hand, there's no prince in this Barbie movie -- the girls save the day all on their own. Violence is pretty mild with some underwater chase scenes and an evil ruler who captures people in whirlpools.

Sexual Content

All female characters wear bikini tops all the time.


Some perilous underwater chase scenes where Merliah and her friends are threatened by giant jellyfish or manta-sharks. Aris is an evil ruler who uses whirlpools to capture people and put them into dungeons.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Lessons of doing what's responsible and right and correcting bad behavior are mostly overshadowed by superficiality; the girls shop an awful lot. However, unlike other Barbie movies, there is no prince charming here -- the girls save the day on their own.


Not only are the Barbie items pushed (the doll's hair changes color, just like in the movie), but the girls in the movie are completely focused on shopping and hair. There are very lightly veiled allusions to the makeup store Sephora ("Seaphora" in the movie) and shops like the trendy L.A. store, Fred Segal ("Fred Seagull.") Very elaborate shopping scenes.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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