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.
The princesses-to-be dance with their male equivalents.
An adult uses the term "poor" and "commoner" derisively.
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.
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