Barbie: Princess Charm School
Blair Willows -- played by Barbie -- is excited when she gets to go to Princess Charm School. There, she meets princesses Delancy and Hadley, and the three friends set off to find a magical crown.
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- Ezekiel Norton
- This movie is
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
English SDHClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this direct-to-DVD movie is an installment in Mattel's ever-growing list of cleverly marketed tie-ins to their newest Barbie collections. While there's little objectionable content in the story (besides the inclusion of a perpetually ignorant "air head" character), the entire movie is made to boost advertising and generate even more interest in the dolls and their accessories -- in this case about a princess academy where one spot is reserved for a lottery winner who will learn how to be a lady-in-waiting to royalty. Despite the emphasis on makeovers and fashion, there's a stronger than usual focus on practicing skills (even if they're of the "finishing school" variety), telling the truth, and being kind to those less fortunate.
- Sexual Content
- The princesses-to-be dance with their male equivalents.
- Not applicable
- An adult uses the term "poor" and "commoner" derisively.
- Social Behavior
- Good messages include teamwork, practicing your skills until you perfect them, and telling the truth even when you may not benefit from it. Unfortunately, the movie also has the side effect of making young girls want to buy Barbie dolls and all of the accessories shown in the movie.
- The Barbie movies may have plots and characters, but they're basically endeavors in merchandising. Almost everything in the movie -- from the main characters to the outfits and the vehicles -- have product tie-ins that can be bought. There's also a Mattel site devoted to the movie, as well as a series of tie-in books for early readers.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it