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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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