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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film is intended to entertain rather than educate.
Got a dream? Then keep persevering and honing your craft, because good things come to those who work hard. Also, don't ever forget where you come from, and be grateful.
Positive Role Models
Talent is just part (albeit a big part) of Bieber's success. Hard work and dogged perseverance also play big roles, and it's clear he takes his career seriously while also valuing his family. He's sometimes stubborn, but ultimately he comes across as a really grounded teen.
Infrequent use of words like "knucklehead" and "oh my God" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
A fair amount of labels are shown or name-dropped, including Korg, Super Mario, and McDonald's. And, of course, the film promotes Justin Bieber, the brand.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this 3-D documentary about pop star Justin Bieber will be a must-see for his scores of tween and teen fans, who will love the footage from Bieber's early life, as well as the energetic concert scenes shot during a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. With no iffy sex, violence, or language content to speak of, the film is surprisingly inspirational -- even those who aren't already Bieber fans are likely to walk away respecting not just his talent, but also his work ethic and family relationships. Just be ready for loads of enthusiastic screaming from young audience members (and maybe from a few grown-up fans, too). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Surprisingly affecting in places, the movie reveals a young man who's willing to work hard and also stays grateful for the successes he's achieved in his young life. The home videos are especially crowd pleasing and include family moments that die-hard fans will appreciate. The film's narrative is emotionally rewarding for viewers, especially those who want to savor one song after another. Musical numbers are choreographed and shot well and even allowed to play to completion, without too many frustrating cuts. What's less satisfying is that we don't really hear much from Bieber himself. A boy with so many talents should be allowed to recount his own journey, and that would have given the film much more depth. And one other quibble: The 3-D bits feel unnecessary and gimmicky, a decision that seems to have been driven more by commerce than artistry. But, all of that said, Bieber's many fans, young and old(er), are sure to enjoy this look into his life.
Pretty much anyone who deals with tweens and teens -- teachers, parents, pediatricians, etc. -- knows who Justin Bieber is: the YouTube-to-riches singer/star who's taken the world by storm with his overswept hair, sincere voice, wicked dance steps, and astonishing facility with various musical instruments (piano, guitar, drums, the djembe). Never Say Never cements that mythology, and then some.
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