The Barbie Movie Hit Me Smack in the Feels as the Mom of a Teenage Girl

Even though I am smack in the middle of, well, middle age, I was excited to go see the Barbie movie when it came out a few days ago. Why? Well, yes, because I did play with Barbies as a child of the 80s, but mostly because my 16-year-old daughter (who incidentally, did not play with Barbies) was excited to go with her friends. And she invited me along.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in parenting teens, it’s to always say yes when they ask you to tag along. Even if they really just need a ride and someone to pay.

The Barbie Movie Surprised Me

I had zero expectations for the Barbie movie, and therefore, my expectations were wildly exceeded. But, they would have been even if I had my hopes up high. The movie is simply fantastic. Enjoyable from start to finish despite a few extraneous scenes with Will Ferrell (I love him, they just weren’t necessary.) But the parts I truly did not see coming that wrenched my heart in two were centered on motherhood, of all things. I had no idea any themes on motherhood would be featured in the movie, and boy were they ever. Specifically, there was a whoooole dynamic with a mom and a grumpy teenage daughter.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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