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A modern twist redefining our childhood: Why high schoolers should embrace “Barbie”

Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros.

Director Greta Gerwig has breathed new life into an iconic childhood toy in her new film, “Barbie.” While initially raising eyebrows, this movie may resonate with teenagers in ways we might not have anticipated. Gerwig’s knack for storytelling and deep understanding of filmmaking have transformed Barbie into more than just a plastic doll, creating a cinematic experience relevant and relatable to our lives.

For most of us, Barbie is synonymous with pink glamor and timeless tales of make-believe. However, with Gerwig at the wheel, the expectations surrounding “Barbie” shifted dramatically. The director’s previous work, such as “Lady Bird” and “Little Women,” demonstrated her ability to dissect the complexities of growing up, friendship, and individual identity. With these themes at the forefront, Gerwig was able to transform Barbie into a relatable personality who grapples with the same dilemmas we do as individuals.

As high schoolers, we navigate a maze of emotions, relationships, and self-discovery. In offering a comforting reminder that even iconic figures like Barbie are not immune to the human struggles that define our adolescent years, the film could be a mirror reflecting our own challenges of grappling with self-identity and societal expectations.

Warner Bros. Pictures

Gerwig’s involvement in “Barbie” signals a deliberate attempt to break free from the limitations that have long plagued the character. Her well-documented advocacy for strong female characters who shatter stereotypes aligns seamlessly with Barbie’s transformation. In a world where gender roles are constantly evolving, Barbie inspires us to challenge societal norms, regardless of expectations.

While the idea of empowering teenagers through a Barbie movie might seem paradoxical, it’s exactly this blend of imagination that makes this feature a surprising hit. Amid the demands of academics, extracurriculars, and the looming transition to adulthood, we often forget the importance of nurturing our inner child. This movie offers an opportunity to rekindle the sense of playfulness and wonder that once defined our childhood; we can reconnect with a part of ourselves that we sometimes bury beneath the pressures of growing up.

As the credits roll and the lights come on, “Barbie” leaves us with much to ponder. It encourages us to question the standards of beauty and perfection that have been thrust upon us for generations. It inspires us to embrace our uniqueness and celebrate our quirks. Most importantly, it reminds us that, just like Barbie, we too can break free from the mold and write our own stories. In a world that often asks us to conform, “Barbie” is a cinematic rebellion, a celebration of individuality, and a testament to the power of storytelling. Gerwig’s vision has brought Barbie into a new era, one where being yourself is not just accepted, but celebrated. It’s a message that resonates long after we walk out of the theater, and it’s a message that we can all carry with us into our own lives.

Dreamhouse Stats
At a Glance

Warner Brothers

Released July 21, 2023

Rated PG-13

1 hour 54 minutes

Opening Box Office
Total Gross

Domestic $631,445,028

International $797,100,000

Worldwide $1,428,545,028

As of Sept. 29, 2023


Margot Robbie.....Barbie

Ryan Gosling.....Ken

Barbies: Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey, Hari Nef, Dua Lipa...

Kens: Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Scott Evans, John Cena...

Michael Cera.....Allan

America Ferrera....Gloria

Will Ferrell....Mattel CEO

Helen Mirren...Narrator

Behind the Lens

Director: Great Gerwig

Writers: Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach

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About the Contributor
Marley Page
Marley Page, Staff Reporter
Marley Page is a senior and is thrilled to serve her first year on staff. Apart fr0m newspaper, she is involved with Operation Smile, NHS, and Yearbook at Vandegrift. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, spending time with her friends, and volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin.

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    MeredithSep 30, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    I love the article about barbie and it’s also a little bit emotional greda gerwig made really good tips about barbie movie and what to expect