‘SNL’ Reimagines ‘Barbie’ As Dark Comedy With American Girl Dolls and It's Spookily Funny
The Barbie movie trailer has been throwing most people back to the bubble gum Barbie era and it's making waves. Ahead of its release on July 21, 2023, Saturday Night Live reimagined the Greta Gerwig film using another popular set of dolls—American Girl dolls. The sketch began with a recreation of the trailer's opening shot with Barbie (Margot Robbie) stepping out of her pink stiletto sandals. The doll in the SNL version removed her black Mary Jane flats and stepped onto the floor in a pair of white ankle socks.
that American Girls Dolls movie spoof was actually funny and looks more interesting than the Barbie movie already #SNL btw Ana De Armas (as always) 😍— ¿Who Diss? (@WhoDissis1) April 16, 2023
A voice-over said over the opening clips, "People can't stop talking about the trailer for the new Barbie movie but not all dolls live in a dream house. Some are bigger, younger and sadder. Some dolls are American Girls." The American Girls spoof movie was written as "a new live-action story about your favorite historically accurate dolls, each with their own harrowing back story." Samantha was played by Chloe Fineman who told the audience she was an "orphan from Victorian times," adding, "I watched my parents die on a boat." "That's okay, my best friend Marta died of cholera," Heidi Gardner added as Kirsten to which Molly Kearney as the doll Molly said, "That's okay! My daddy's a prisoner of war. And tragically, I have glasses."
Ana de Armas who made her SNL hosting debut played the doll Josefina, telling the audience, "That’s okay! My mama is dead. We buried her in the church graveyard." (It's like a game of tragically one-upping each other). Ego Nwodim stayed nonchalant as took on the role of Addy and stoically delivered, "That’s okay! I don’t know my birthday because I'm a runaway slave." The group of dolls paused before de Armas broke the tension by saying, "Let's play!" to which everyone except Nwodim cheered. While clips of the dolls doing mundane tasks like doing laundry with a washboard, scrubbing the floors and churning butter were shown, a voice-over said, "Do they have pink corvettes? Nope. Boyfriends? No way. Did all of their family members die of vague old-timey diseases? Absolutely."
The sketch then transitioned into a montage of clips that included the dolls having a "fashion show" and the group covering Sarah Sherman, who played the doll Kit, with a sheet after she succumbed to her disease. After Sherman was covered, "That's okay!" Gardner yelled her catchphrase. Later in the trailer, the dolls rode in a horse-drawn carriage from American Girl Land to modern times, where they discussed their plans to avert some of history's most heinous events. However, on the journey, they lose another doll due to the disease. They continue on their way after tossing Gardner's body out of the back of the buggy.