Box art for Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2

Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2

anime & animation, children & family

Surfs up for Barbie as she returns as Merliah, the surfing champ whos also a mermaid princess, in this new sea-quel where she learns anything is possible when you stay true to yourself!

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common sense

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

Less shopping, more friendship in undersea Barbie adventure.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Barbie tale is actually less consumerist and superficial than other installments in the ever-growing direct-to-DVD franchise. The sequel to Barbie in a Mermaid Tale features a little violence, but nothing scarier than an evil mermaid who can make others' worst "nightmares" a reality (usually a mental or emotional fear). One of Merliah's friends is a bit ditzy, but overall the characters work together to defeat the nefarious, self-obsessed villain.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages of friendship and competition. How does Merliah overcome her desire to beat Kylie? What does Merliah's selflessness teach kids about doing what's right?
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  • How does this particular movie compare to others in the Barbie universe? Do you like that there are no boy-girl relationships or romantic themes?