‘SNL’ spoofs ‘Barbie’ with grim American Girl dolls movie trailer

‘SNL’ spoofs ‘Barbie’ with grim American Girl dolls movie trailer

SNL spoofs Barbie with grim American Girl dolls movie trailer: ‘Not all dolls live in a Dreamhouse’

Host Ana de Armas and Co. play the classic toys, but in this world they’re plagued by cholera and harrowing backstories.

Bowen Yang

Life in plastic is not so fantastic for American Girl dolls — at least in the twisted minds of the writers at Saturday Night Live.

This week’s episode parodied Greta Gerwig‘s upcoming live-action Barbie flick with a faux movie trailer centered on the iconic (and let’s be honest, sorta spooky) toys. In the sketch, host Ana de Armas and cast members Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim, Heidi Gardner, Molly Kearney, and Sarah Sherman played a bunch of the dolls, but in this grim world they’re plagued by cholera and harrowing backstories.

“Not all dolls live in a Dreamhouse. Some are bigger, younger, sadder — some dolls are American Girls,” the skit’s voiceover says. “This summer: a new live-action story about your favorite historically accurate dolls, each with their own harrowing backstory.”

“Did all their family members die of old-timey diseases?” the voiceover later asks before replying, “Absolutely.”

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Fineman’s doll is an orphan from the Victorian era who watched her parents perish on a boat, Gardner’s doll had a best friend who croaked of cholera, and Kearney’s doll had a father who was a prisoner of war. “And tragically,” she adds, “I have glasses.”

Nwodim’s doll, on the other hand, doesn’t know her birthday because she’s a runaway slave. Cue silence… before de Armas’ doll proposes, “Let’s play!”

“Come for the fun, stay for the overburdened preteens wearing four layers of coats and pantaloons,” the voiceover continues.

Later, when Sherman’s doll dies from cholera, de Armas and Co. embark on a journey from American Girl Land to the Modern World (much like Margot Robbie’s Barbie heads to the Real World) in an old-fashioned covered wagon. Unfortunately, Gardner’s doll suffers the same fate as Sherman’s.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — “Ana de Armas, Karol G” Episode 1844 — Pictured: (l-r) Chloe Fineman as Samantha, Ego Nwodim as Addy, Heidi Gardner as Kirsten, Host Ana de Armas as Josefina, and Molly Kearney as Molly during the “American Girl Doll Movie Trailer” sketch on Saturday, April 15, 2023 — (Photo by: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC via Getty Images)

Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim, Heidi Gardner, Ana de Armas, and Molly Kearney on ‘SNL’

| Credit: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC via Getty

Saturday’s SNL episode also featured Karol G in her musical-guest debut. De Armas was on hand to promote Ghosted, her upcoming Apple TV action romance film with Chris Evans, out April 21.

Watch the cholera-filled American Girl doll sketch above.

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