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Vancouverites react to the Barbie movie, weigh in on best way to watch 'Barbenheimer'

This Barbie is watching "Oppenheimer"
Vancouverites shared their reactions to the much-anticipated "Barbie" movie on social media after it arrived in theatres, along with "Oppenheimer," on July 21, 2023. The opening day weekend is dubbed "Barbenheimer" and locals weighed in on the best order in which to watch both movies.

It's the weekend that Barbie fans (and those wanting to watch Oppenheimer) have been waiting for. 

When the official trailer for Barbie, a movie about an iconic and nostalgic doll, dropped, it sent Vancouverites (and the rest of the world) into a frenzy. 

The spin on the popular toy franchise, directed and co-written by Greta Gerwig, stars Margot Robbie as the world-renowned figurine (which inspired its own fashion trend) and Ontario-born Ryan Gosling as Ken.

Other famous folks appear in the movie as other versions of Barbie and Ken, including Simu Liu, Dua Lipa, Issa Rae, and Kate McKinnon. 

Now that the much-anticipated movie finally arrived in theatres on July 21, locals are excitedly sharing their reactions on social media. 

Vancouverites react to the Barbie movie

While reactions seem divided, most local movie-goers claim that Barbie was, overall, a good movie. One person even called it a "theatrical performance." 

Some people cried (hopefully tears of joy).

Others had to choose between heading down to Seattle to see Taylor Swift or going to watch Barbie

Another called the event a "perfect alignment."

It's "Barbenheimer" weekend

Many people have dubbed the event "Barbenheimer" because both Barbie and Oppenheimer, a biopic on theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer and his invention of the atomic bomb, release in theatres on the same day.

The order in which to watch both movies is also heavily debated online. 

Vancouverites weighed in on which to see first, and around 12 per cent of locals said they will be watching Oppenheimer and then Barbie. Nearly 10 per cent will be watching in the opposite order.

Another nearly 10 per cent, however, will only be watching Barbie, whereas 20 per cent of Vancouverites will only be watching Oppenheimer

The majority -- 47 per cent of locals -- will be watching neither. 

Vancouver Is Awesome polled 731 Vancouver Is Awesome readers and asked the question: Will you be watching the Barbie and/or Oppenheimer movies and in what order?

The poll ran from 7/19/2023 to 7/21/2023. Of the 731 votes, we can determine that 342 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

I will be watching Oppenheimer, then Barbie 12.57 % local, 10.81 % total    
I will be watching Barbie, then Oppenheimer 9.94 % local, 8.48 % total    
I will only be watching Barbie 9.94 % local, 9.03 % total    
I will only be watching Oppenheimer 20.18 % local, 22.30 % total    
I won't be watching either movies 47.08 % local, 49.38 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Vancouver Is Awesome readers that are located in Vancouver. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 3.62%, 19 times out of 20.

Vancouver Is Awesome uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.