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Greta Gerwig Reveals Story Behind Barbie’s “Mic Drop” Ending


Warning: This article contains spoilers for Barbie.

This Barbie wanted to go out with a bang.

Director Greta Gerwig gave insight into the film’s hilarious final scene, which comes after Barbie—played by Margot Robbie—learns to embrace humanity, in turn becoming human. Knowing all that she knows after suffering an existential crisis and stopping a patriarchal Ken uprising, Barbie leaves Barbieland for the real life world of California.

Her first stop? An indistinguishable office building, where she’s dropped off by Gloria (America Ferrera) and her daughter Sasha (Ariana Greenblatt). As Barbie walks up to the receptionist—introducing herself as Barbara Handler, a tribute to Barbie inventor Ruth Handler‘s daughter—she delivers the movie’s final line in a rosy tone: “I’m here to see my gynecologist.”

As it turns out, the line also had a powerful message beyond its humor.

“With this film, it was important for me that everything operated on at least two levels,” Greta told USA Today in an interview published July 22. “I knew I wanted to end on a mic drop kind of joke, but I also find it very emotional. When I was a teenage girl, I remember growing up and being embarrassed about my body, and just feeling ashamed in a way that I couldn’t even describe. It felt like everything had to be hidden.”

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