'Barbie' invites you into a Dream House stuffed with existential angst : Pop Culture Happy Hour After many months of buildup and memes, the Barbie movie is finally here. Margot Robbie plays the stereotypically blonde-and-perky Barbie, who finds herself facing an existential crisis. Joined by Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, she heads off on a journey from Barbie Land to Los Angeles. The movie is directed by Greta Gerwig.

'Barbie' invites you into a Dream House stuffed with existential angst

'Barbie' invites you into a Dream House stuffed with existential angst

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After many months of buildup and memes, the Barbie movie is finally here. Margot Robbie plays the stereotypically blonde-and-perky Barbie, who finds herself facing an existential crisis. Joined by Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, she heads off on a journey from Barbie Land to Los Angeles. The movie is directed by Greta Gerwig.

Correction: July 24, 2023

An earlier version of this episode implied that American Girl is competition with Mattel. American Girl is owned by Mattel.