A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Britney Spears' single from The Smurfs 2 soundtrack, "Ooh La La," is clean and fun dance-pop. With no iffy language, references to drugs or alcohol, and only light innuendo ("Ooh my baby don't be shy/ I see that spark flashing in your eye/ My heart beats fast 'cause I want it all/ So baby come with me and be my ooh la la"), this upbeat track is OK for older kids and up.
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Is it any good?
Listening to "Ooh La La" is kind of like listening to old-school Britney, only a slightly watered-down version. The song showcases Spears' sweet and breathy vocals in the "ooh la la" chorus and has a peppy enough beat to be a fun summer anthem. While the cheer-pop section of "You know nobody can get down like us" sort of sounds like a legion of Smurfs cheering, overall it's an OK song.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Spears chose to be on a kids' movie soundtrack. Her music is usually edgier and about more adult subject matter. Why do you think she wanted to have a song on the Smurfs 2 soundtrack?
What does the Smurfs 2 movie gain by being associated with Britney Spears? How does it help her image?
Do you think Spears will continue to focus on music for younger kids? Why or why not?