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Greta Gerwig on ’emotional’ last line

Spoiler alert! The following contains details about the ending of “Barbie” (now in theaters).

There’s no putting Barbie back in the box.

After an existential journey to Los Angeles, Barbie (Margot Robbie) successfully restores balance to Barbie Land, which is taken over by patriarchal Kens in the film’s sharply satirical third act. But like Frodo at the end of “The Return of the King,” Barbie no longer feels at home in her cozy, familiar world. Eager for human emotions and experiences, she decides to leave the valley of the dolls and embark on a new life in California.

And with some gentle guidance from her inventor, Ruth Handler (Rhea Perlman), Barbie chooses to accept mortality and become a person at the end of the movie, adopting the last name Handler for herself. Greta Gerwig, who directed and co-wrote “Barbie,” tells USA TODAY about the real-life Handler and that brilliant closing moment.

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"Barbie" director Greta Gerwig, left, and actress Margot Robbie.

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In the last scene, genial Mattel employee Gloria (America Ferrera) and her daughter, Sasha (Ariana Greenblatt), drop Barbie off at an office building for what seems to be a job interview. Anxious but excited, Barbie walks through a waiting room to a receptionist’s desk, beaming as she says the movie’s final line, “I’m here to see my gynecologist.”