Sweeney Todd Soundtrack

Depp and others sing an entertaining, dark story.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The theme of the movie (and soundtrack) is that revenge leads to murder.


Murder and poison meat pies are part of the story.

Not applicable

"Like a great black pit/it's filled with people who are filled with s--t."


Tie-in to the movie.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sweeney Todd's story is one of revenge, jealousy, and murder -- and those dark undertones play out in every song. Although it's not explicit (such as the movie which is for older teens), it can be scary for little ones.

What's the story?

The SWEENEY TODD SOUNDTRACK, adopted from the movie, is enjoyable, if not dark. The showtime-style music generally tells the movie's entire sad and heartbreaking story of revenge, but it's probably more exciting to see Tim Burton's movie first to get the full effect of the plot's cinematic beauty. The songs are performed by the movie's actors who essentially had no formal musical training, which adds an interesting element in bringing the characters to life -- and making the music more realistic.

Is it any good?


Johnny Depp's alto voice fits the role of the demonic barber to a tee, and the voices of Helena Bonham Carter (although she sounds like she hasn't done much singing before) and Alan Rickman add to the appeal of the dark, moody, sweeping orchestral sounds of the music.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about actors singing in movies. Do you think they should also be trained singers before they sing on the soundtrack? Or, does the lack of training make it sound more realistic -- and in turn, more interesting? Families can also talk about forgiveness. Benjamin Barker (Sweeney Todd) doesn't forgive his past imprisonment and exacts revenge on a whole town. Why is it important to forgive? What happens when we carry around anger? Is it easy to forgive?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:December 18, 2007
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Educator Written bybugmenot July 20, 2009
age 2+
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 16 years old Written bywoodielynn8 June 26, 2010
age 10+

great songs!

all of the songs are great but some of the words, if you really pay attention, are suggestive to murder and some sexual references.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old October 31, 2009
age 8+

Very good songs, nothing to worry about, really.

I personally LOVE the music to this film. Wonderful singers, wonderful song. Barely any of the songs contain swear words, except "Epiphany," but they only say the word sh*t once, and in "The Contest," Todd identifies a bottle of elixir as "p*ss and ink." Not for parents to worry about, really. It's just that most of the songs are dark and full of hate, but al. Not for parents to worry about, really. It's just that most of the songs are dark and full of hate or strangeness. But not to say that a great deal of them are touching or sweet.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing


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