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This Barbie is a feminist parable fighting to be great in spite of Mattel’s input

A smiling, blond woman standing with her arms outstretched in front of a group of girls who are facing her. The woman is wearing a cowboy hat, a neckerchief, a denim vest, and jeans — all of which are hot pink.
Margot Robbie as Barbie in her cowgirl guise. | Image: Warner Bros.

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is often good and sometimes great, but it always feels like it’s fighting to be itself rather than the movie Warner Bros. and Mattel Films want.

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