"When I Look at You" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
"When I Look at You" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Popular with kids
The movie is for teens, but the theme song is OK for kids.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 13 reviews

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

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 & Representations

"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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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... Continue reading
Parent of a 7-year-old Written bykey June 3, 2010

do your thing

love it it so so great and fun for my child to learn great thing and meet his frand online
Kid, 11 years old September 12, 2020

Clean love tune is slightly dull

The good news: it's clean and totally appropriate. The bad news: it's totally formulaic. This is a good song, but it takes no risks, and sticks to the... Continue reading
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'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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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