The Song

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Predictable, faith-centric film about marital fidelity.
  • PG-13
  • 2014
  • 114 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Family and honesty are more important than success, wealth, or any other modern, materialistic trappings.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jed makes mistakes, some of them huge, but in the end he realizes the error of his ways and seeks redemption.

Violence

Couples argue intensely. After one especially bad fight, the man starts breaking the windows in a half-finished structure. A spurned woman starts to attack a man; they're dragged apart by friends. A woman slaps a man after he says hurtful things.

Sex

A husband argues with his wife about their sex life. Several scenes feature heated discussions about what they each crave in an intimate relationship. He later has an affair with a woman who pursued him aggressively.

Language

Very little swearing, but one person says "s--t," and another character calls a woman a "whore."

Consumerism

Some people have iPhones.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several scenes show people drinking heavily at bars and at parties and getting pretty drunk. Characters also use pills. One man makes some spectacularly bad choices while under the influence. Several characters smoke cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Song is a faith-based drama about a successful musician with a loving wife and child at home who finds himself tempted by another woman while on a months-long tour. Both his marriage and his faith are tested. There's a good deal of drinking, and some characters pop pills, often facilitating poor choices. There's a little bit of language (including "s--t" and "whore"), some characters smoke cigarettes, and a married couple has some intense arguments, about honesty, fidelity, and sex -- themes that may not particularly resonate with younger viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMom K. December 26, 2016

Not for kids

There was a lot of sex and a lot of drugs so people under 14 should not watch it my 9 year old daughter watched it and she now has thought that she shouldn... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 7 year old Written byRose P. July 16, 2018

I wouldn’t watch it a second time or with my children

For a ‘faith based’ movie it lacked faith until the very end. It was like watching a second Walk the Line. And he also didn’t even sing about God the entire mov... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKaylee O. November 15, 2014

The Song

More like a date-night move. The whole idea of adultery, even though it doesn't show anything, is a hard concept for kids. But it is great for couples, bec... Continue reading

What's the story?

Jed King (Alan Powell) is country music royalty, the son of a beloved star who's managed to make it big on his own. He has a loving wife, April (Ali Faulkner), and a darling son, but he has to leave them at home for months at a time when he heads out on tour. The separation takes its toll, and as April becomes increasingly upset about the time he spends away, Jed finds himself more and more tempted by the sultry lead singer, Shelby Bale (Caitlin Nicol-Thomas), for the opening act of his show.

Is it any good?

Faulkner's acting is probably the brightest spot in this somewhat dull film. When April's life falls to pieces, Faulkner comes alive, serving up her character's pain with raw emotion. If only the film's script were as strong, without going over the top. But unfortunately it does -- go over the top, that is -- from lighting to dialogue to plot to the far-too-dramatic voice-over. The blonde Faulkner is constantly bathed in a white light, as if her role as the faithful wife and woman wasn't clue enough. Meanwhile, her husband's temptress is a brunette who's dressed mostly in black and rendered in shadowed lighting. Shelby also drinks, wears skimpy clothing, and does every stereotypically "bad" thing you'd expect; she's practically a pencil-drawing caricature. And then there's Jed, who, as he slides deeper into his misery, grows a beard beyond recognition because, yes, he's hiding something (surprise -- the facial hair disappears once things start to look up).

Movies about faith -- and their audiences -- deserve more than broad-strokes tales like this one. THE SONG seems like it has potential, but it winds up dogmatic and predictable. Both evil and good are presented cartoonishly. And though the music's catchy and compelling (and Powell and Nicol-Thomas have beautiful voices), they're not entirely memorable. Not even the titular song.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Song's messages. What audience are they designed to appeal to? How can you tell? Do you need to share the movie's convictions to appreciate its story?

  • Why does Jed feel obligated to spend so much time on tour? How do his views on money and material possessions change during the film? Why does he feel tempted by Shelby, and how does he feel later about the decision he makes?

  • How does the film present religion and its place in Jed's life?

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