Hello and happy post-Barbenheimer weekend to those who celebrate. If you were one of the 12.8 million people (and counting) who saw Barbie this weekend, then I probably don’t need to tell you how great the movie is.
Note: If you haven’t watched the movie yet (what are you waiting for?!), keep in mind that there are spoilers ahead!
For a quick refresher, Barbie follows the self-discovery journey of a stereotypical Barbie (Margot Robbie) who travels from Barbie Land to the real world.
And while the film is full of plenty of fun, cute, and hilarious moments — shoutout to the supporting Barbies and also Ryan Gosling as Beach Ken — a lot of viewers were actually shocked that it left them weeping, too.
One of the most poignant and sob-inducing scenes, of course, was the conversation Barbie has with the spirit of Ruth Handler (Rhea Perlman), the inventor of Barbie, near the end of the film.
Ruth tells Barbie, who believes she wants to become human now, “We mothers stand still so our daughters can look back to see how far they’ve come.” To which Barbie says, “So being human is not something I need to ask for or even want? It’s just something I discover I am?”
And then Ruth proceeds to show Barbie what “being human” (or, more specifically, a woman) means. A lovely montage of footage of real people plays over the heartbreakingly pretty “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish, and it’s at this point where everyone basically started to ugly cry.
Suffice to say, the scene kind of caught audiences off guard and left them absolutely WRECKED:
— Andriani Joannou (@AndrianiJoann) July 21, 2023
Warner Bros. / Via Twitter: @AndrianiJoann
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omg I just remembered the scene where the creator of barbie says “We mothers stand still so our daughters can look back to see how far they’ve come.”
— cam (@ikiruphoenix) July 22, 2023
Fine Bros. / Via Twitter: @ikiruphoenix
literally me during the last ten minutes of barbie pic.twitter.com/ghCJrbk6ID
— katelyn 4 real ? (@katelynweber18) July 23, 2023
Netfix / Via Twitter: @katelynweber18