Katy Perry: Part of Me

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Entertaining concert film follows pop singer's highs, lows.
  • PG
  • 2012
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 34 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Although some of Perry's lyrics are questionable -- like the behavior referenced in "Last Friday Night" -- others have inspirational, empowering messages, like "Firework." Perry's many young fans tell the audience in recorded messages how much her music has meant to them or helped them overcome a sadness or difficulty. Perry has a loving, supportive family -- from her sister Angela to her very religious parents, who accept Perry despite the secular nature of her lyrics -- and a group of close, loyal assistants and support staff.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Perry promotes the idea that everyone should embrace what makes them unique -- that "weirdness" is what distinguishes each of us from others. Perry is generous and goes above and beyond to meet and greet her many fans. Pretty much everyone in the film, with the notable exception of Russell Brand, is fiercely loyal, encouraging, and kind.

Violence

A couple of emotional scenes when Perry is crying or upset. In one scene, Perry talks to a little boy from the Make-A-Wish Foundation whose wish was to meet her.

Sex

Perry and Brand kiss (briefly) in a couple of scenes. Perry wears tight/revealing outfits (like Wonder Woman-style costumes, and low-plunging necklines). The song "I Kissed a Girl" explores a fluid sense of sexuality (the singer has a boyfriend but got so trashed that she ended up kissing a girl).

Language

Infrequent use of words including "damn," "hell," "ass," and "oh my God." "S--t" is bleeped. Lyrics include a couple of suggestive words -- including many references to someone's "peacock," and the word "bee-yotch."

Consumerism

Not many product placements, but the film obviously encourages you to support Perry and buy her songs/album.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Perry, her friends, and her staff drink in a couple of quick scenes and in photos from her days on the L.A. club scene. Brand is shown with a cigarette. In the song "Last Friday Night," the narrator can't remember what happened because she had so many shots, went streaking, has hickeys she can't distinguish from bruises, etc.; "I Kissed a Girl" is also about something that happened when the narrator was inebriated.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Katy Perry: Part of Me is a 3-D concert film that follows international pop star Katy Perry during her year-long California Dreams world tour. As she's criss-crossing the globe, Perry deals with her marriage to British comedian Russell Brand, which ultimately falls apart. Although most of the concert footage is tame enough for older kids, some of Perry's song lyrics deal with mature themes -- like the consequences of partying and the dissolution of a relationship. But through the triumphs and tragedies, Perry helps teach and inspire her fans that it's OK to be different, that you should never give up on your dreams, and that everyone deserves a fairy tale kind of love.

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byMelanie Williams September 26, 2012

Inspirational

Katy Perry is one of many great role models for children and does not show any sign of sexual or immature traits that is not acceptable for a childs viewing. Th... Continue reading
Adult Written byLowe's man October 30, 2016

appropriate for the intended audience

While this movie shows the negative side, as well as the positive side, of the music business, fame and stardom, even the negative side is presented in a way th... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAgirl June 11, 2015

honest review

Ok but a bit boring
Kid, 10 years old December 23, 2014

Pretty good

I think this documentary was a good one, but it had some parts I'd like parents to know about before they let their kids watch it. There was a big part whe... Continue reading

What's the story?

KATY PERRY: PART OF ME offers a look at the busiest year in the pop superstar's life: her 124-show California Dreams world tour that lasted through all of 2011. But, as the introduction explains, with great success came great personal heartbreak -- an obvious reference to the fact that Perry's marriage to comedian Russell Brand fell apart while she juggled to balance her work with her relationship. In addition to watching Perry on stage at venues in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, audiences get to know the people who made her who she is privately (her sister, parents, and two best friends) and professionally (everyone from her manager to her makeup artist and fashion stylist).

Is it any good?

Unlike other recent concert films that skimped on the personal histories, Part of Me provides an intimate (if slightly whitewashed) portrait of Perry's hard work, ambition, and optimism. Despite her jet-black wig and candy-colored costume confections, Perry is open about her negative early experiences in the industry, her parents' (evangelical ministers) response to her decision to leave Christian music, and her fairy tale-like ideas about true love. If you're expecting a scathing expose about Brand, look elsewhere. Perry is a faithful and loving wife throughout the documentary, because Brand didn't file for divorce until December 2011.

What's shocking about Perry is how fiercely loyal her close circle is -- from her sister Angela Hudson and BFF Shannon Woodward (Sabrina on Raising Hope) to the stylist and makeup artist that Perry plucked from obscurity before she was famous. There are no demons or Behind the Music-style confessions. Even her extremely conservative parents have made peace with their daughter's spicy lyrics and scanty outfits. By the time Perry sings "Firework" -- that perfect pop anthem -- and earns the distinction of being the first woman to score five No. 1 singles from the same album, it's easy to see why so many kids, teens, and adults count themselves as Katy Cats.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Katy Perry is so popular. How did she stay true to herself, even though her labels and record producers were pushing her to be different?

  • Perry's songs range from emotional anthems to upbeat tales of adolescent debauchery. Is some of Perry's music inappropriate for younger kids to listen to/sing? What do you like about Perry's pop songs?

  • Does Part of Me give audiences an in-depth look at Perry's life off stage? Were you surprised by anything you learned about her life?

  • How is Perry's relationship with her family depicted? Do you think this is a true documentary or that it's a promotional vehicle to boost Perry's image?

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