"Carry Out" (single featuring Justin Timberlake)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Sexist but not graphic tune is OK for older teens.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 14 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The song includes some eyebrow-raising references to sex and compares sex to fast food, objectifying women in the process.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both Timbaland and Justin Timberlake have achieved mega-star status, yet each has maintained a relatively drama-free lifestyle.


Nothing too graphic, but some heavily suggestive lines, like "I'm a touch you in all the right areas," "I can tell the way you like it baby, super size," and "If there's room for dessert, then I want a piece."


Mentions IHOP, as well as some classic McDonald's ad lines like "have it your way."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though the single includes some not-so-subtle references to sex as well as a sexist message comparing a woman's body to fast food, it doesn't contain profanity or anything too explicit in the way of sexual descriptions. While the song is out of young kids' league, it's OK for older teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byMsJanie September 14, 2010

Objectifying women should NOT be supported

I don't think ANY song that objectifies women should be recommended for teens. There are already too many songs calling women all kinds of names, and treat... Continue reading
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bytavy18 September 9, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan May 19, 2018

Great song, but not quite for kids or younger teens

I think this is a great song. Justin Timberlake fits in nicely. But it is still best for older teens. There are some moderate sexual references (nothing explici... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 August 14, 2012

Maybe awkward for teen girls (maybe just me)

It's kinda catchy, abeilt repetitive, and it's kinda sexist. I give it 3 stars because of the semi-sexist messages.

Sex: some innuendos and 'fo... Continue reading

What's the story?

CARRY OUT is one of the singles off of Shock Value II, the latest album from uber-producer Timbaland. In this song, Timbaland collaborates with scorching-hot singer Justin Timberlake, with the two switching off vocal duties in these lyrics about a hot girl who has a body like a take-out restaurant: "take my order 'cause your body like a carry out." Some of the lines are questionable; for example, "I have you open all night like an IHOP." But for the most part, these lyrics -- which are free of profanity and explicit content -- come across as more amusing than offensive.

Is it any good?

When you mix an awesome producer with a killer vocalist, you're bound to get a great result, and "Carry Out" is the proof. Timbaland has long been lauded for his gift of enhancing an artist's gifts, which he does in this single by infusing it with an absolutely infectious beat and a super funky bass line -- ideal complements to Timberlake's R&B-oriented style. The Manon Dave remix of the song is even more addictive than the original version that appears on the album. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Timbaland has built a career on collaborating with some of the hottest young artists around, like Justin Timberlake. Why might Timberlake, Drake, Katy Perry, and so many others choose to work with Timbaland?

  • What does Timbaland himself get out of these deals?

Music details

  • Artist: Timbaland
  • Release date: March 10, 2010
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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