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But the most fascinating aspect of the movie is how it uses Barbie as a metaphor for a culture that's still infinitely more preoccupied with what a woman looks like than what she says.
There's some lovely filmmaking-an opening sequence in which a handmade Barbie moves from stage to stage, from hair-weaving to lip-painting, is gorgeous.
Nevins does quick work of making her audience care about the earning potential of a multi-million dollar business by honing in on some other remarkable women.
"Tiny Shoulders" captures, per its title, the immense burden Barbie has had to bear as the nexus for all sorts of prickly debates - about body-shaming, stereotyping and workplace/domestic roles - that, to this day, have yet to be fully resolved.
By two-thirds in, Tiny Shoulders starts to feel like a publicity exercise for the brand - an attempt to humanize the company by showing us the real women behind all that plastic.
The result is a thoughtful, nuanced portrait of (for better or worse) an American icon.
Has a piece of plastic even been so politically charged? No, argues filmmaker Andrea Blaugrund Nevins in this interesting and entertaining documentary.
Comprehensive docu about iconic, controversial doll.
It's a reflection of the time during which Barbie expanded and transformed into something life-changing... but it drives home that Barbie is still a force to be reckoned with.
Tiny Shoulders is really a history of Barbie and her feminist tormentors. And it turns out those tiny shoulders conceal some real muscle.
Tiny Shoulders accomplishes what most good documentaries set out to: make viewers think about both sides of the story and come to their own conclusions.
The iconic Barbie doll has been revered and reviled for much of its nearly 60-year history, which is the fascinating subject of Andrea Nevins' marvelously spellbinding documentary.
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