Barbie: Princess Charm School

2011 NR 1h 30m DVD

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Barbie: Princess Charm School

2011 NR 1h 30m DVD
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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.
Format
DVD Streaming
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English SDH
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
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Reviews

age 6+

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.

Violence

Not applicable

Language

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.

Consumerism

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 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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