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Parents' Guide to

Katy Perry: Part of Me

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Entertaining concert film follows pop singer's highs, lows.

Movie PG 2012 97 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 10+

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 that's appropriate for children. Nothing juicy here. While nothing is hidden, it's all sanitized. While it's shown how the heavy concert schedule at times took its toll on Katy Perry, the fun that she had at the concerts is also evident. Kids will also see all the hard work that goes into making a concert. Highly obvious is the way Katy Perry connects with her fans. She knows who her audience is and has her heart set there. This movie also has a number of positive messages, such as not giving up on your dreams and that being different is ok. This is an excellent movie, especially for kids who've never seen a concert movie before. A great "starter" concert movie.
age 10+

Positive but iffy

Sex: *Katy and Russel kiss in a few scenes, but most kisses are short. *Katy sings about kissing a girl. *There are lyrics about makinf out with a boy in a car in the song "the one that got away" *There are lyrics about kissing and being filled with poison in the song "et" which are repeated many times *The song "peacock" is all about sex and Katy sings it for a good 3 minutes in the film. *There are some revealing outfits that show cleavage. *Katy is known to have gone to a gay bar for her first time in one scene. ----- No violence ----- Language: b*tch, c*ck, beyotch, and a bleeped out sh*t. ----- Drinking: The song "circle the drain" is about a man being addicted to drugs and drinking

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (34 ):

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.

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