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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour is a concert movie filmed in Dallas on Oct. 6, 2018, the final U.S. stop on Swift's months-long tour promoting her Reputation album. For more than two hours, accompanied by talented singers, dancers, and musicians, Swift connects with a rapt audience of more than 100,000. Her music focuses, as always, on personal growth, relationships, and break-ups. The lyrics in some of her newer songs have a more adult sensibility. Expect occasional sexual innuendos: "Bought this dress so you could take it off," "Come here, you can meet me in the back ... just think of the fun things we could do." And there are a few references to alcohol, i.e., "Can you make me a drink" and "drink beer." In one song, Swift compares her romantic feelings to drugs: "My drug is my baby; I get so high … I'll be using for the rest of my life." Still, the upbeat, vibrant, danceable music is contagious, and Swift's warm, gracious presence keeps the huge audience of all ages on its feet, loving every minute.
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What's the story?
TAYLOR SWIFT: REPUTATION THE STADIUM TOUR features Taylor Swift at her most dynamic and accessible. The theme of both Reputation the album and the tour is a queen-sized response to media, critics, and gossips who've tainted Swift's otherwise positive image with such slams as "brings attention to herself with her donations," "holds grudges," and "her drama is exhausting." Undaunted, Swift asserts her self-confidence and ability to transcend mean-spirited comments and come away whole. The tour's gigantic venues (all stadiums) demanded gigantic productions. Most of the numbers captured during Swift's performance in Dallas on Oct. 6, 2018, include multi-screen videos, eye-popping special effects, spectacular costumes, and high energy choreography. Snakes, particularly cobras, are a continuing motif in the show's design: holograms, jumbo props, and video images. In a few more intimate sequences, Swift appears solo, either with a guitar or at the piano.
Is it any good?
In this concert film, Swift turns a massive venue into a private love fest, delivering new songs and old favorites to a singing, dancing, screaming audience that obviously adores her. Swift tells stories with the songs she writes herself, They're relatable, often instructive tales that tap into the emotional roller coaster ride that comes with being young and vulnerable. Her lyrics and exuberant presence are meant to bring solace and inspire confidence. And it's clear that she does. Her Reputation concert tour became the highest-grossing North American tour of all time. The fact that it was filmed and Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour is now streaming makes it accessible to all of her fans -- the next best thing to being there.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the value of concert films like Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour for wide audiences. In what ways does the movie help the artist, and in what ways do viewers benefit? Would you like to see more films like this one?
For kids, how important is it for a song's lyrics to be age-appropriate? Do you think parents should allow more leeway for music than other media forms? Why or why not?
How does this film help affirm Swift's statement that "I think that the lesson is that you shouldn't care so much if you feel misunderstood by a lot of people who don't know you, as long as you feel understood by the people who do know you"?
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