Box art for Barbie in A Mermaid Tale

Barbie in A Mermaid Tale

anime & animation, children & family

Barbie stars as Merliah, a surfer who learns a shocking secret: shes a mermaid! She and her dolphin friend set out for an undersea adventure to rescue her mother, the queen of Oceana.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 5
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Fun undersea adventure oddly paired with lots of shopping.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the materialistic vibe of this movie is pretty over the top. Oceana is populated with girls who shop all day and act ditzy. On the other hand, there's no prince in this Barbie movie -- the girls save the day all on their own. Violence is pretty mild with some underwater chase scenes and an evil ruler who captures people in whirlpools.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how consumerism in movies like this influences viewers. Here are some tips that can help your kids see through the hype.
  • Did kids notice the swimsuit figures? Do they seem realistic? Is the Barbie shape a realistic one for girls? For anyone?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I pretty enjoy Barbie Movies. They are so adventerous with Neat creatures and ofcourse Barbie. This Piece was very lovely to watch. I think if someone is ashamed to admit that they watch Movies as Barbie at times and pay attention of others judging at them just because watching a Kids Movie is not correct. Enjoy the life, be honest and never HARM anyone that will make the life much easier. My late grandma (May she rest in peace)

- ScoopOnline, Sunday, August 28, 2011