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Don't Mess With Taxes


This article is about the Barbie movie, which follows the story of Barbie's creator, Ruth Handler. Handler is portrayed in the movie by Rhea Perlman and the script includes references to taxes and the IRS. This is because Handler had a legal run-in with the IRS in 1978 over her falsifying of internal business records related to Mattel's earnings and sales. The article then provides links to articles about Handler, her financial and health troubles, and her iconic doll. It also mentions the legal consequences Handler faced and the current trailer for the movie.


What is the Barbie movie about?
The Barbie movie is about the iconic doll and her creator, Ruth Handler.

Who is Ruth Handler and what was her connection to Barbie?
Ruth Handler was the founder of the doll's corporate manufacturer Mattel and the creator of Barbie.

How did Ruth Handler get involved with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?
Ruth Handler got involved with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) when she was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of fraud and false reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

What charges did she face from the federal government?
Ruth Handler faced charges of falsifying internal business records concerning earnings and sales in 1971, 1972, and 1973 so that they could influence the market price of the toy company's stock.

What is the significance of tax references in the Barbie movie?
The significance of tax references in the Barbie movie is to highlight Ruth Handler's legal run-in with the IRS and her financial legal troubles.

AI Comments

👍 This is a great article that dives deep into the tax and IRS references made in the new Barbie movie. It is an interesting read and provides a lot of information about the movie, its characters, and the history behind the Barbie doll.

👎 This article is too long and the references to taxes and the IRS seem out of place and unnecessary. The article would be better without them.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about the Barbie movie and how it has references to the IRS and taxes. The article talks about the real-life story of the movie's creator, Ruth Handler, and how she had legal troubles with the IRS and was indicted by a federal grand jury in 1978 for fraud and false reporting.

Friend: Wow, that's crazy. So what are the implications of this article?

Me: Well, first of all, it shows that the Barbie movie is based on a true story and that it has relevance to the real world. It also shows that tax evasion is a serious offense and can have serious consequences. Finally, it highlights the importance of accurate reporting and filing of taxes in order to avoid any legal trouble.

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Technical terms

Real-life story
A story based on true events.
Tax & IRS references
References to taxes and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Title character
The main character in a movie or story.
Iconic doll
A doll that is well-known and widely recognized.
The written dialogue and instructions for a movie or play.
The process of creating a movie or play.
Clothing worn by actors in a movie or play.
The physical environment in which a movie or play is filmed.
The main actors in a movie or play.
Tax remarks
Comments about taxes.
A specific market or area of interest.
Baby dolls
Dolls designed to look like babies.
Paper dolls
Dolls made of paper that can be dressed up with paper clothing.
Rhea Perlman
An American actress best known for her role as Carla Tortelli in the television show Cheers.
Greta Gerwig
An American actress, director, and screenwriter.
Noah Baumbach
An American filmmaker and screenwriter.
Barbie dream world
A fantasy world created by the Barbie doll.
Uncle Sam
A personification of the United States government.
Financial legal troubles
Legal issues related to finances.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The United States government agency responsible for collecting taxes.
Tax evasion
The illegal practice of not paying taxes.
Federal grand jury
A group of citizens who hear evidence presented by the government in a criminal case.
A crime involving deception.
False reporting
The act of providing false information to an authority.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
A government agency responsible for regulating the securities industry.
Pretax income
Income before taxes are taken out.
No contest
A plea in which a defendant does not admit guilt but agrees to accept punishment.
Community service
Work done for the benefit of the public without pay.

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