13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Poor choice for kids,
This review is from: Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar (DVD)
My daughter really enjoys the Barbie movies. I watch them with her to see if they provide a solid message and help to empower her. The problem with this movie in the Barbie franchise is twofold:
1. it mirrors Princess and the Pauper too much without enough differentiation
2. topics were too subtle for kids
The first item has been discussed in other threads so I won't add more. The second item is glaringly displayed when the Tori is pretending to be Keira and wanders into a part of town she is not familiar with and finds two girls playing hopscotch. I don't want to give away plot details, but a child is not going to understand why a free concert helps the town. There are many other subtle subplots to the movie, but they aren't built enough.
Now, one of the main things in many of the Barbie movies is being true to yourself and making strong, well grounded decisions. Again, this is done in a weak way in this movie compared to the others in the franchise.
If you are looking for a Barbie movie to help your daughter build herself up and have Barbie in a role model from a perspective of making good decisions... this one does not deliver.
While the songs are catchy for girls and my enjoys them, I think they could have done much more with this movie.
Save your money and get Mermaid Tales, Princess and the Pauper, and Christmas Carol.
All the best for you and your daughters,