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Justin Bieber: Next Chapter

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Musician talks God, relationships, suicide in short docu.

Movie NR 2020 25 minutes
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The cynical view of a documentary like Justin Bieber: Next Chapter is that it's a blatant exercise in music promotion or narcissism (or both). But there's something so earnest in the way the young celebrity talks about his own growth and journey that it nearly cuts through any such cynicism. Bieber is only 26, but he's been in the spotlight for more than half his life. These documentaries seem to be cathartic for him in addition to providing fodder for his legions of fans, the so-called Beliebers.

Bieber and friends -- including his manager, producers, other musicians, his pastor and his wife -- sit around talking about, well, mostly Bieber, reflecting on his growth, his beliefs, and his hopes for what kind of a man he wants to be. (Side note: For a COVID quarantine, he's got a lot of people around him.) An especially interesting scene shows his manager, Scooter Braun, and others who've worked with him since he was a teenager, admitting how much they worried about him when he was younger. This scene raises some questions, which might prompt viewers to check out previous documentaries, if they haven't already seen them. But the kid seems alright today, and viewers of this documentary will wish him well.

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