What does Not Like the Movies mean?

Katy Perry: Not Like the Movies Meaning

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Song Released: 2010

Not Like the Movies Lyrics

He put it on me, I put it on,
Like there was nothing wrong.
It didn't fit,
It wasn't right.
Wasn't just the size.
They say you know,
When you know.
I don't know.

I didn't feel
The fairytale feeling, no.
Am I a stupid girl
For even...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 16th 2011 !⃝

    This is most definately not about sex. It's about a proposal and she is having doubts. She says as a kid she expected the fairytale romance and the movie-like feelings. She explains that that is not true life, and each and every person will explain that real life is not like the movies and a fairy tale romance doesnt happen. Don't settle, but understand reality, and in the end it will become like the movies.


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    Mar 4th 2011 !⃝

    In most (love) movies, there is a perfect ending. What she is saying is that you should wait for the right guy(if you don't see the signs, wait for it) who will give you that perfect movie ending(when he's the one, you'll come undone, and your world will stop spinning) that you deserve, and not fall for the wrong one who will end things wrong.


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    May 23rd 2011 !⃝

    This song is saying that you may kiss one hundred frogs before you find your prince, but eventually, you'll find him and everything will be perfect, just like a movie ending.

    Verse one - (he put it on me ... Wasnt just the size) means that she was in a relationship with a boy where something just felt wrong, there was nothing wrong with him, he was a nice guy, but he wasn't the one she was looking for.

    (they say you know when you know, I don't know) when you meet the 'one', you know it, and she was having doubts about the guy she was with)

    (I didnt feel the fairytale feeling, and I a stupid girl for even dreaming that I could?) she is saying that with that boy, she didn't feel the happy, giddy feeling you feel when you are in love, and was she stupid for even thinking that there was a prince out there for her? (no)

    Chorus - is saying that if your love isn't like the movie, where it feels right and both loves are 100% satisfied, then wait for the one that will make you feel like that, because you deserve it.

    Verse two- is basically saying to wait for the boy who will be your perfect match, and don't waste your time on boys who don't matter

    Verse three- is saying that she knows that her 'one' is out there, and will eventually find her

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 25th !⃝

    This is from Teenage Dream so it's about sex and relationship.

    The speaker, a young woman newly involved in a romantic relationship, is about to get physical for the first time. She's excited but also nervous and overwhelmed. Unsure of what to expect, she's processing a mix of feelings—wanting it but also feeling hesitant and uncertain. The experience doesn't quite meet her high hopes, leaving her disappointed or underwhelmed. She compares it to what she's seen in movies or porn, feeling unsatisfied with how it went.

    She wonders if this partner is "the one" or even right for her. Despite doubts, she feels there's more to come, whether with this partner or someone else. She believes this isn't the end of the story but just the beginning, like a chapter in a story yet to unfold.

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 13th 2018 !⃝

    I think her song is about her first time in a relationship and there is something not quite right about it. She wants someone who she is 100% certain about and will "finish her sentences".

  6. singerstargirl
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    Mar 18th 2017 !⃝

    I agree with past theories about the meaning of the song. She tried to make it seem like her feelings were perfect but it didn't fit. She is only looking for what she knows other people are lucky to have. She wants a man that makes her feel like a princess and "finishes her sentences". She feels like something is wrong, but it just takes time to find someone. Life isn't perfect, but love and lost love are just part of the journey! It is a great song

  7. Lovelylace
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    Nov 17th 2015 !⃝

    I think this song is about a girl who fell in love with someone who she barely knows.So she waits for him to come for her and love her back.

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 26th 2012 !⃝

    I personally have a few theories. My first one states that the first part of the song:

    "He put it on me, I put it on
    Like there was nothin' wrong
    It didn't fit, it wasn't right
    Wasn't just the size

    Means that her glass slipper didn't fit like Cinderella's did.

    My second theory is that she's talking about an engagement ring.

    But the fact that she states:

    Snow White said when I was young
    One day, my prince will come so I'll wait for that date.

    This ^ supports my original theory. This is also before her marriage. So these two factors lead me to conclude that the beginning is about her own version of Cinderella. Thank you

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 7th 2012 !⃝

    This song may be about a girl and her boyfriend proposing to her but she doesn't feel the 'magic' like in the movies, and she's worrying about rather this is a stage or she isn't really in love.
    Beautiful song.

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 15th 2011 !⃝

    If you listen to the first few lyrics of the song (he put it on me I put it on like there was nothing wrong it didn't fit it wasn't right) she is conducting her own story of Cinderella but it this case gone wrong. Then she goes on to say (they say you know when you know i don't know) meaning that she doesn't know when she will ever find the right guy to love her forever and that the fairy tale that Cinderella has is that her prince will come and he'll be the right guy (i didn't feel the fairy tale feeling, am i a stupid girl for even dreaming?)

  11. anonymous
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    Aug 2nd 2011 !⃝

    if your love isnt like that movies. then dont rush into it. wait until its like the movies.. heres what katy says on it.

  12. anonymous
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    May 12th 2011 !⃝

    shes saying that the way you see things in the movies iant how they are in real life the illuminati wants you to see those images and how perfect "the industry" is but its not. your constantly being controled by them plus why do you think they call it "the industry"

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  13. anonymous
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    Apr 19th 2011 !⃝

    She's saying that you hope that it's going to be just like the movies, but it isn't in reality, and that is just fine. It's still amazing and worthy of " When he's the one,
    You'll come undone,
    And your world will stop spinning,
    And it's just the beginning." - the last stanza, fifth line- 'will' is incorrect. 'should' is what she sang.

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 17th 2011 !⃝

    I think it's about her boyfriend proposing to her ad she's not sure but she just goes along with it anyway and u shouldn't settle for just anyone you should wait for that guy who makes the world stop spinning everytime you see him. You need to find your other half, your perfect guy, the one who gives you butterflies.

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 17th 2011 !⃝

    I think it's about her first time having sex and it wasn't all magical like the movies. She thinks she should've waited because the right guy is out there for her and she should've saved herself for him

  16. anonymous
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    Feb 8th 2011 !⃝

    I think she meant: if some things aren't perfect in a relationship- its okay. If it's not like the movies, thats how it should be.

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