"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.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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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Kid, 12 years old November 24, 2011

Awesomeeee:)

Great song, but younger kids may not understand what it means. Taylor Swift is an awesome role model with wonderful songs! Give it a listen.
Teen, 15 years old Written byMarieHemmings716 June 2, 2016

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?

Music details

For kids who love romance

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