Folie a Deux

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Madness is contagious in riotous but teen-friendly LP.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 24 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

An underlying theme to this album is America's tabloid fascination with sin and scandal. This sometimes comes off as the band celebrating wrong-doing, as in the lyrics, "I'm in love with my own sins" and "Hell or glory, I don't want anything in between." The video for the first single, I Don't Care is an homage to bad behavior and shows the band members causing trouble throughout L.A. In the video, the band members can be seen flashing, stealing, shoplifting, fighting, and basically being rude (at one point a little girl's ice cream is smashed on the ground and an elderly man's walker is pulled out from under him).


The video for I Don't Care shows band members fighting and hitting people, but all the musical lyrics are rather tame.


There are some references to desire and infidelity, but nothing major.


On the song 27, the opening lines include the verse "If home is where the heart is, then we're all just f--ked."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One line, "I'll shoot the sunshine into my veins" uses drugs as a metaphor. Cigarettes are also mentioned once.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while there are one or two expletives and some mature lyrics on this album, the content is mostly appropriate for teens and older tweens. But keep an eye on the first video for the song I Don't Care, which is chock full of rude, illegal, and disorderly behavior. Although the video ends with a twist, watching the band mates gleefully terrorize citizens (and shoplift while dressed as nuns!) can send the wrong message, especially to younger kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChuckup January 31, 2019

20 Dollar Nosebleed

I don't see anyone commenting about this song. I am trying to decide if this is a positive anti drug message or just metaphorical but Benzedrine is an abus... Continue reading
Adult Written byyesbecausefrerard September 2, 2015

There's nothing wrong with The Madness of Two

This album is great! Still my favorite out of all the ones they've produced. I've noticed that people find the song "I Don't Care" a li... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byitsgena May 13, 2017

Little to no swear words or references

It's pretty clean. It's also one of my favorite albums.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySouth_Park_Pony September 25, 2016

This album is highly underrated

The bad reviews of this album is the reason they went on hiatus for 3 years so everyone shut TF up when there is the f word and stuff cause it's not like y... Continue reading

What's the story?

Taking its name from a psychological term meaning a shared psychosis between people, Fall Out Boy's album FOLIE A DEUX brings the idea of communal madness to music. Although the band's most famous member, Pete Wentz (bassist and lyricist, as well as host of F'N MTV) might get more attention for his marriage to singer/celebrity Ashlee Simpson, the band is receiving an increase in popularity with this release and the album has charted well.

Is it any good?

You don't have to be crazy to enjoy Fall Out Boy's form of insanity. This is a fun and fast-paced album that spotlights the band's musical abilities. Although the band can get a little tangled up in their barrage of metaphors, "my mind is a safe and if I keep it we get rich, my body is an orphanage, we take everyone in," their natural appeal and lack of pretension usually saves the day. With retro 80's pop sounds that could come straight out of a Stray Cats album and impassioned dramatic stylings, this band rocks out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of sarcasm and irony in music. There are many instances on this album when the band uses sarcasm and irony to cast a light on some of America's foibles. Do you think young listeners understand that some lyrics might sound like they are celebrating something but they are actually attacking it? At what age can someone understand sarcasm in music and movies? What might happen if a teen misinterprets sarcasm and thinks for instance a band advocates stealing or violence?

Music details

  • Artist: Fall Out Boy
  • Release date: December 13, 2008
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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