Greta G. and Noah B., your poignant writing and directing did this 40-something mom proud;
After years of feeling slightly shamed for loving her, I confidently utter her name again aloud.
BARBIE, MY QUEEN, call it fate or pure sparkly luck that we meet once more;
Last I saw your flawless face, pretty hair and perky boobs was on my parents’ basement floor.
Dreamhouse-less, I created a homey, curated pad for you, nestled atop 1980s pillows.
After long days of outfit changes, you’d kick up your feet on my mom’s steel wool Brillo.
Stigma aside, your style and physique became my go-get-‘em-girl inspo for years to come.
I looked up to you – even though your whole hand fit inside half of my thumb.
My younger sisters didn’t care much for my Barbie fantasyland or desire to be the bossy director of our childhood plays,
So, Barbie, you were my creative muse and reliable friend who I’d escape with every day.
Margot, thank you for reigniting Barbie’s cheery glow and bringing her signature style back.
Endless hours coveting her vibrant clothes, a wonder why my adult wardrobe is mostly comprised of black.
Ryan, my highest praise for your priceless portrayal of beach buff Kenny Ken Ken.
Kudos to the female director and leading lady for convincing you to play him; you were a TEN!
I was excited for my son to see this movie alongside me on ShowPlace ICON’s big screen.
The nostalgic jokes I belly laughed at were sometimes lost on him, the smarty pants teen.
While thoroughly entertained, the personification of male bigotry at times made me squirm;
As a mom of boys with mindful values, some character development seemed an excessive burn.
Notably, I’m in my own Barbie bubble and recognize the moral of the story is for the masses.
Mattel bravely shared a lesson of self-reflection, using levity to guide so many oblivious asses.
Per America’s monologue, women are doing the best we can, often to an extreme.
As individuals, by learning to evolve from our errors, giving credit where it is due, prioritizing listening, respect, and open-mindedness, we can pave way for a new societal theme.
Seriousness aside, my money’s with B and K as the top door-knocker costumes on Halloween,
Predict Ken’s friend, Allan will be a close runner up – and that a Barbie 2 sequel is to be seen!