"If This Was a Movie" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean Taylor Swift tune about moving on from a relationship.

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age 10+
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Positive Messages

The song has a simple, positive message about wishing a relationship hadn't gone wrong but accepting that it did.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is about remaining in the present and accepting life for what it is.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "If This Was a Movie" is another clean, if not happy, tune by country darling Taylor Swift. The singer doesn't use any profanity or explicit references to describe her feelings of heartache over the end of a relationship. Though she wishes life could be like a movie, where estranged couples often live happily ever after, she doesn't cling to that notion -- setting a good example for young tweens and teens learning to cope with the ups and downs of real-life relationships.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMarieHemmings716 June 2, 2016
Teen, 14 years old Written byYoshipie May 6, 2012


This is the Taylor Swift that everyone knows and love. America's sweetheart is yet once again singing about heart-break. She also refers to "rain... Continue reading

What's the story?

Country superstar Taylor Swift is back with "IF THIS WAS A MOVIE," a single originally released on the Target-exclusive deluxe edition of her album Speak Now, about a failed romance that she wishes she could revive. Swift sings about how, much as she'd like it to be, her relationship isn't a movie -- where the object of her affection would "stand in the rain outside 'til I came out" -- but that "people change and these things happen."

Is it any good?

Though this track doesn't travel too far beyond Swift's typical musical mode, the singer's rapid-fire delivery of her wholesome lines adds a bit of welcome creativity. The juxtaposed sounds of mandolin and electric guitar lend further appeal to this overall catchy tune.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between the romances shown in movies and those in real life. Do romantic comedies send realistic messages about love?

  • Do you ever feel disappointed that real romances aren't as exciting as movie ones?

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