Justin Bieber: Rise to Fame

 
Baby, even die-hard Beliebers will find this docu lame.
  • Review Date: August 10, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 64 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Somewhere in the morass of flunkies lavishing Justin Bieber with gushing praise is the idea that with talent, focus, and determination (and a little luck via YouTube), even unknown small-town singers can become successful.

Positive role models

Justin Bieber works hard to be a successful performer, and surrounds himself with good people who do their best to keep him grounded in the midst of meteoric international success, but while he is the focus of this feature, he doesn't appear much.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Unsurprisingly, Bieber engages in coy tween talk about the kind of girl he's looking to date, and who knows -- she could be any one of the millions of fans screaming his name out there.

Language

"Hell." A gossip reporter talks about a time Bieber lost his temper at a stagehand and told him "don't effing touch me."

Consumerism

While there is no overt product placement, the whole documentary is one vast celebration of the product that is Justin Bieber.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even the most diehard fans will find Justin Bieber: Rise to Fame uninformative and boring. That said, there's almost zero iffy content, other than heavy promotion of the popular star.

What's the story?

JUSTIN BIEBER: RISE TO FAME is the story of how Justin Bieber went from being a regular Canadian kid from a small town to an international teen heartthrob singing sensation. Endless testimonials are offered up by various UK and American entertainment magazine editors, writers, and disc jockeys. A portion of the documentary is devoted to "Team Bieber" -- the managers, mentors, and family surrounding Justin Bieber at all times as they navigate the treacherous waters of childhood stardom. Bieber's big break via YouTube, the close relationship he tries to keep with his fans, and his abundant musical gifts are discussed in great detail.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It takes about five minutes of watching Rise to Fame to realize that this documentary is little more than an attempt to cash in on Justin Bieber's fame. Fans of Justin Bieber won't learn anything new, much of the footage -- video and audio -- is repeated twice and even three times. In the midst of sycophantic gushing from entertainment industry flunkies masquerading as authorities on all things Bieber, a woman even goes so far as to call Justin Bieber a "modern-day Mozart."

Even without the hyperbole from "experts," this documentary is neither informative nor entertaining. No one from Team Bieber -- the tight-knit circle of friends and colleagues Bieber keeps around him at all times -- is interviewed, and aside from a brief interview with Bieber that's padded to come up from time to time throughout the hour-long documentary, there's actually very little from the Teen Heartthrob himself -- musical or otherwise. Even the screamiest of the Bieber fans in the family will be amazed at how they managed to make the object of their affection so uninteresting.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Justin Bieber. How did he achieve his success? Did you learn anything new from this feature? Do you consider Bieber to be a role model?

  • Why do you think none of Justin Bieber's friends and colleagues are in this documentary? How does that effect the overall quality of the documentary?

  • From David Cassidy to New Kids on the Block, from Frankie Avalon to Britney Spears, every generation has their teen idols. How does Justin Bieber's story fit in with past teen idols, and how is his story different?

Movie details

DVD release date:April 19, 2011
Cast:Justin Bieber
Director:Maureen Goldthorpe
Studio:Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Genre:Documentary
Topics:Music and sing-along
Run time:64 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 9 and 10 year old Written bythealefamily25 September 28, 2013
age 2+
 

My kids love Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is a rocking role model. My daughter, Kim, 10, and son, Jay, 9, could listen to him all day.
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 November 2, 2012
age 7+
 

justin bieber rise to fame

Families can talk about Justin Bieber. How did he achieve his success? Did you learn anything new from this feature? Do you consider Bieber to be a role model? Why do you think none of Justin Bieber's friends and colleagues are in this documentary? How does that effect the overall quality of the documentary? From David Cassidy to New Kids on the Block, from Frankie Avalon to Britney Spears, every generation has their teen idols. How does Justin Bieber's story fit in with past teen idols, and how is his story different?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byMordecai_and_rigby July 10, 2013
age 6+
 

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