How She Move Soundtrack

 
Digital-only CD has some iffy content.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Jealousy, social climbing, and discrimination are the prevailing themes.

Violence

A couple of things: "victim of a lynching," "killing's in my system," and mentions of guns and weapons.

Sex

A little bold in some cases, but not a ton of provocative stuff: "I'll show you how to work that stick all the boys want to lick" is as bad as it gets.

Language

Lots of profanity including "s--t," which is used repeatedly in several songs. The "N" word is heard a few times.

Consumerism

The obvious movie tie-in.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Not a whole lot, but "hustling rocks in front of the corner store" is an example.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the soundtrack is questionable for younger kids in a different way than the drama of the same name (the movie has far more sexuality and drug overshadowing than the CD does, for example). The soundtrack is laced with some profanity and a few sexually suggestive lyrics, and jealousy, social climbing, and discrimination are the prevailing themes.

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What's the story?

The digital-only soundtrack to this urban drama of the same name is only available on iTunes. It's an interesting mix of different musical styles from hip-hop to pop ballads featuring Lil'Mama, Montell Jordan, Smugglaz, Fenom, Carl Henry, and Kadar, and more.

Is it any good?

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Despite some big-name artists and several booty-shakin' beats, this soundtracks lacks cohesiveness and doesn't tell you anything at all about the movie. A good soundtrack should at least make you curious about a film, but you'd probably only pick up this album if you loved the movie (which could be the case) -- or if the songs had some actual meaning for you (which probably isn't the case since they don't really talk about anything). The songs are repetitive and unoriginal and definitely fall flat without the accompanying cool dance moves from the silver screen. At least there's no doubt that they'll make you want to dance.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about movie soundtracks in general. Are they important to a movie's success? Could a soundtrack make you want to see a movie or even turn you off to one?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:January 22, 2008
Label:Lakeshore Records
Genre:Soundtrack
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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