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The Barbie Diaries (2006)

Kelly Sheridan , Sarah Edmondson , Eric Fogel , Kallan Kagan  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kelly Sheridan, Sarah Edmondson, Venus Terzo, Chiara Zanni, Matt Hill
  • Directors: Eric Fogel, Kallan Kagan
  • Producers: Richard Winkler, Rob Hudnut, Sara Nahas, Steve Oakes, Susan Holden
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C0Z92C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Barbie Diaries" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Outtakes and bloopers
  • "Kevin's Paper Clip Movie" featurette
  • "The Scoop on Skye Sweetman" featurette
  • Music video with Skye Sweetman

Editorial Reviews

It’s a new school year and Barbie is hoping this year will be a little less ordinary. She loves hanging out with her best friends, playing with them in a band, working at the school TV station, and also has a crush on a boy. With a special diary and charm bracelet suddenly Barbie finds the courage to truly be herself, and exciting things start happening! Find out how fresh, fun, and exciting life can be in The Barbie Diaries!

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie for Older Girls - Great Soundtrack June 16, 2006
I am the mother of a six year old girl and she loves Barbie. When this movie came out I was skeptical. The movie is deffinitely aimed at an older audience than the previous Barbie movies. I got it, and sat down with my daughter because I had a feeling it was not going to be what she expected. Of course some questions came up as a result of the storyline, and I answered them in a way she could understand. (why are they so skinny? was one of them, also why do they have boyfriends?) The truth is that she ended up getting bored and walking off to play.

That being said, I enjoyed the movie as a mature adult. It reminded me of the brat pack type 80s movies like Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. It was fun for me to watch. I think that older girls will relate to this Barbie movie more than any of the other Barbie movies released so far.

The Barbie Diaries has a sweet story, not very original but deffinitely entertaining for an older audience. The animation is not great but it does have a style all its own (very different from the Barbie princess movies). The DVD has some extras but for the most part nothing that is very impressive.

There is one outstanding feature of this movie that must be pointed out and that is the soundtrack. Even my daughter loved it. In fact she asked to watch the Skye Sweetnam video over and over, "playing" along with her guitar and pretending to be a rock star. The sountrack is catchy and is really good if you like girl pop-rock music. I would love to get these songs on a CD. This is a soundtrack I would deffinitely buy. It's a real shame that so far the soundtrack is not available for purchase.

All in all, I would say that for older girls this movie will probably be fun to own.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for young children! July 20, 2006
By Rachel
Warning to Moms of young children. I let my 4 year watch this movie. She adores it and I did not think I had anything to worry about with it until she started saying "I Hate My Life". When I asked her where she learned to say that and she said from the Barbie movie. Sure enough, that's what Barbie says in it. I am shocked phrases like this were in a Barbie movie and I am very disappointed
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A 13 year old's point of view... March 2, 2008
A Kid's Review
I was about 11 or 12 when this came out. So I've already been exposed to similar things like Lizzie Mcguire (sp?) and Mean Girls. I think this was on that road, just notched down a few levels. I was fine with the movie, but I'm getting kind of tired of this:

A girl, has guy friend, guy friend likes girl, girl likes popular guy, mean girls try to ruin her life, girl is friendly and smart, girl wants to be popular and forgets about her real friends, she realized her mistake and learns her lesson.

I love Barbie, I always have. My friend and I secretly play when we go to each other's houses. Honestly, I think most of the girls at school still play with dolls. But I dont think its right for little kids. For example, when I used to watch Lizzie when I was about 7, my Dad thought it was a good lesson for kids. Yes, but I was too young. Lizzie would say how "embarrassing" her parents were. I used to get mad at this. If the thought of my parents being embarassed ever crossed my mind, I would feel so guilty I couldnt stand it. I think until kids get older, they dont understand the movies/shows. Its too far over their heads. And they think of Barbie their role model, and copy her. If they copy these phrases, they will think its ok, and say mean stuff. They will say they hate people, and they want to be popular. Why does it matter? If you want to be popular, go do some acting and become famous. There. Your popular. Everybody at my school is popular. Why? BECAUSE EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO YOU ARE. The pretty girls dont get much more attention than everybody else. Everybody knew me, and I was a goody 2 shoes smarty. And in High School, you dont have these problems. There are teen pregnancies and other things instead. This is more Middle School based.
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72 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be rated in advance January 27, 2006
Very disappointed by the preview. My daughter loves all of the Barbie videos and is now very interested in a video that highlights "sophmore year," and "did he kiss you?!" comments.

Up until now Barbie videos have been based on fantasy play and imaginative play and this new viedo applies to real life situations that are too old for the crowd of girls it has always appealed to.

Lions Gate or Mattel has, in my opinion, missed the mark on this one. Any parent who buys this Barbie Diaries video for their young daughter is just wishing their youth away.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars too mature for young audiences May 20, 2006
By Heather
My biggest complaint with this Barbie movie is the line from Barbies guy friend expressing excitement at walking in on a "girl hug". Do we really need that kind of suggestive remark in a Barbie movie aimed at girls ages 5 to 12?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
My 4 year old loves Barbie movies of the likes of Fairytopia, The Nutcracker, etc. This one is not by the same producer but is made more for older girls. I was shocked at how horrible this was for a young girl to watch. I'm not the type to typically complain about the negative affects of things like Barbie on young girls. Actually I've found most criticisms overblown. My girls have Barbie dolls and use their own imaginations to play with them. This movie however pushes the stereotypes of Barbie right in your face. The girls are totally focused on makeup, fashion, what boys think of them, and the fact that if they are smart they will get ridiculed. This is EXACTLY the wrong type of message to build confidence in you young girl and no parent should get this for their girl. In one scene after Barbie was "dumped" by a boy she is ashamed to go back to school. In science class she is embarrassed to get noticed, however the teacher tells the class she got the high score (97%). The scene switches to her being very small and her classmates laughing at her. IS THIS HOW YOUR WANT YOUR DAUGHTERS TO FEEL !!! I was shocked. The movie is FULL of this type of sterotype that puts girls down and on the path to just get a job at the Mall and fall for some boy that acts like an idiot. DO NOT GET THIS MOVIE.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Barbie rocks in this movie.
Published 28 days ago by A. Gavigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Barbie
A great movie about friendship.
Published 1 month ago by jpnlpinlove
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Daughter loved it
Published 2 months ago by unhappy camper
4.0 out of 5 stars A teen's dream
I bought as a gift, so I am hoping it is good and no issues once it actually gets played.
Published 4 months ago by Elaine
2.0 out of 5 stars Not So Sure
Received the movie very quickly, way before the estimated delivery date. However, when I gave it to my daughter and we put it in, we found that it skips about 10 minutes in. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars
Because Barbie did the right thing
And she didn't get mater she did what she met to do and did it
Published 10 months ago by Princess Mamita
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbie
This movie is one of my favorite Barbie movies and perfect for all ages! I definitely recommend this movie! It's great!
Published 12 months ago by LENA
1.0 out of 5 stars Scarred for Life
When I was a little girl, I loved the Barbie movies! Then I watched this one. Even though I was like, six, I had the sense to know that there was something seriously messed-up with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Everglade
1.0 out of 5 stars Diaries? More like Barbie Diarrhea
More like Barbie Diarrhea. I have seen a lot of these barbie movies and this is BY FAR THE WORST OF THE LOT. So horrible, my eyes started bleeding. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Red Hat
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad animation
We have several other Barbie movies that are great. This one must be one of the first put out. It has bad animation and a weak story line. My daughter still loves it though.
Published 18 months ago by Christina Bivins
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