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This podcast was recorded during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the movie being covered here wouldn’t exist.

Looks like the PG-13 live-action Barbie isn’t exactly child’s play. That’s right, we’re taking a close look this week at Barbie, a smash hit at the box office and fourth film by Greta Gerwig, star of such massive projects like “How I Met Your Dad.” A fantasy comedy released alongside a far more “serious” Christopher Nolan movie, Barbie has a lot of critics living in a metaphorical dream house this weekend. The “Barbenheimer” double feature phenomenon has definitely overshadowed a lot of the conversation around these individual movies. No longer! We’re reviewing these one at a time, starting with…well, you know.

Barbie was co-written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach and stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. The film also boasts a huge ensemble cast: America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, Will Ferrell, Alexandra Shipp, Emma Mackey, Hari Nef, Simu Liu, and many more. It opened nationwide on July 22 through Warner Bros. and has a 114-minute runtime.

Our intro music this week is “Jazz is Good” by Weiter & TheMusicalcurrent.

Synopsis for Barbie:

SHE’S EVERYTHING. HE’S JUST KEN. Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans. [Source: Letterboxd]

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