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"When I Look at You" (CD single)



The movie is for teens, but the theme song is OK for kids.
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Positive messages

General love song message about looking to someone for inspiration and hope. "'Cause there's no guarantee that this life is easy, yeah, when my world is falling apart, when there's no light to break up the dark, that's when I, I, I look at you."

Positive role models

"You love me for who I am, like the stars hold the moon, right there where they belong and I know I'm not alone."


Song and video promote the Miley movie, The Last Song.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that they don't have to worry about this Miley movie song as it's perfectly safe for nearly any age. And that's good news considering the single is probably going to be heard constantly while the movie is in theaters. The meaning of the sentimental lyrics doesn't necessarily relate to a romantic relationship, so even younger kids can "get" the message. The music video features mostly scenes from the movie, with a few romantic shots, but nothing that kids wouldn't see on primetime TV.

What's the story?

Of course if there's going to be a movie starring Miley Cyrus, it's no surprise that she's going to be the one performing the lead song off of the film's soundtrack. "WHEN I LOOK AT YOU" is a single that not only appears on the soundtrack to The Last Song, but also on Cyrus' EP The Time of Our Lives. To promote the Spanish version of the film, the track has also been recorded as a duet between Cyrus and David Bisbal, while in the States the song has floated around the pop charts for several months since its release.

Is it any good?


If you're a sucker for a power ballad, you're in luck! "When I Look at You" has all the makings of the emotionally epic single, including the slow build-up, powerful vocals, and sentimental lyrics. Cyrus belts out more mature vocals with a less tweeny-sound, and is a force when ripping through the chorus, never once letting things get too sweet or whiney. Combine that with the perfectly-matched movie snippets from the music video, and this song's appeal should stretch beyond just those given to over-the-top romantic tunes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Miley's movie, The Last Song. The film is rated PG, but do you think it's appropriate for kids as well as teens? Does Miley Cyrus automatically make an album, movie, or TV show OK for kids? Can a movie soundtrack be fine for all ages, even though the movie might not be?

  • What do you think about the song's message? Can depending on someone you love too much be dangerous? What are some ground rules for a healthy relationship? Are there things you shouldn't do even if you trust a boy or girlfriend completely?

  • Talk about how music is used to promote movies. Do you think Miley's success as a pop star is used here to market the movie and make her fans interested in the movie? Have you ever wanted to see a movie just because of the music that was used to promote it?

Music details

Artist:Miley Cyrus
Release date:March 23, 2010
Label:Hollywood Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byArwenGraciaAlma June 21, 2010

Definitely good for anybody 8 and older.

Its a beautifully sweet song parts of this song could easily describe the love of a male & female couple, the love of very close friends, & the love of parents to their kids, even the love of pets, its sweet its emotional & poppy. Its like Michelle Branch's style of music, the video is tame the scenery gorgeous & the romantic theme in the video is sweet & dream-like, not at all inappropriate for kids.
Teen, 15 years old Written byjhalai May 25, 2012

For GOD!!!

the first time i heard it, it sounded much as a christian song...:)
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old November 5, 2011


This song is beautiful! A lovely love song about someone's significant other depending on their other lover. This song represents what TRUE love is!
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism


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