Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018)
Critic Reviews for Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie
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.
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