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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Swift's honest reflections are instructive, inspirational: finding approval from within, prioritizing what's important, dealing with bullies, recovering from humiliating events, handling concerns about body image. "I can't change what's going to happen, but I can control what I write." "When you derive all joy and fulfillment from the approval of others, one bad thing can cause everything to crumble." Emphasizes value of standing up for what you believe in, regardless of potential cost.
Positive Role Models
Swift is candid, thoughtful, persevering, kind, willing to take risks, respectful of her fans. She's seen successfully working through some substantial challenges. She's open to reinventing herself as she grows up, reflects, and moves forward with courage.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Provocative dancing/musical performances.
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Occasional profanity includes "f--k," "s--t," "slut," bitch," "jackass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Moderate social drinking -- wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Taylor Swift: Miss Americana is a documentary about the singer's evolution from a musically gifted child to illustrious superstar. It's not a concert film -- only a few songs are filmed in their entirety -- but rather an intimate look at Swift's journey as she wants it told. She shares her ideas, her "moral code," her changing self-image, and memories of the difficult times in which she had to call upon both strength and insightfulness to make it through. There's lots of footage of Swift's approach to songwriting, and it's clear how intensely personal her songs are. The movie is filled with big messages that matter to girls and teens about self-worth, body image, coping with adversity, political engagement, and hard work. Though these mature themes are also relatable for younger audiences, there's a fair bit of swearing (including "s--t," "f--k," "bitch," and "ass"). That means that parents who might consider the language a deal-breaker for tweens have a big decision to make, because Swift has much to offer as a role model. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Swift's candid, unpretentious narration, as well as choice footage of her as a child, a teen, and a young woman, make this movie highly accessible for both fans and casual viewers. There's a lot to like in Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, especially for the girls who make up much of her international fan base. Swift talks directly to them. She describes the lessons she's learned, the successes she's had, the calamities she's lived through, and, most inspirationally, the hard work and resilience that it takes to rise above the heartbreaking challenges of growing up -- whether you're famous or not.
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