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After months of buzz, the live-action Barbie movie finally hit theaters this weekend, and we’re diving deep into this episode of the Cosmic Circle. The world’s most famous doll has been brought to life by writer-director Greta Gerwig and her professional partner Noah Baumbach. After seeing the massively successful box office, it’s safe to say we’re in a Barbie world.

On this episode of the Cosmic Circle, we’re joined by writers John Dotson and Uday Kataria to discuss the live-action Barbie film. Our cosmic conversation included everything from the pink world of Barbieland and the star-studded cast (including Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling) and awards buzz. We also discuss the film’s true villain, the cultural phenomenon that is Barbieheimer, and why this movie has an important message for kids everywhere. So whether you’re a lifelong Barbie fan or just curious about the hype and love listening to us talk, tune in for this fascinating discussion.

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[Warning: Spoilers from Barbie are within the podcast! Avert your eyes and do not pass go if you don’t want to know what’s behind the curtain.]

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Ep. 36 Timestamps: Barbie movie discussion (Spoilers)

00:18 – Intros

01:00 – Spoiler alert for the Barbie movie!

01:10 – First impressions on Barbie and it’s themes.

08:30 – America Ferrera’s monologue, hit or miss?

13:27 – Barbenheimer

19:30 – What was your movie-going experience?

21:19 – What does Barbie’s massive box office success mean for movies in general?

32:41 – Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling’s performances. 

39:32 – Was Ken the villain of the story or was it someone or something else?

45:00 – Favorite Easter eggs or things that made you laugh

48:00 – Thoughts on the ending of the Barbie movie.

52:00 – Outros


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Podcast credits and show notes

Contributors/Writers
  • Ayla Ruby
  • John Dotson
  • Uday Kataria
Executive Producer/Editor
  • Lizzie Hill

Recorded on 07/24/23

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Ayla Ruby

I am a writer and interviewer based somewhere in the Alpha Quadrant. I love all things nerdy - but Star Trek and Spiderman have special places in my heart. Find me at @TulinWrites on Twitter. And visit my other website for more reviews and interviews: movieswetextedabout.com

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