Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Paramount Pictures

Directed by:

Jon Chu


Justin Bieber, Pattie Mallette, Scooter Braun, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Jaden Smith, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Sean Kingston

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Justin Beiber: Never Say Never

Step aside Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers. Justin Bieber wins the award for latest ginormous teen idol. Here's the story: Justin's mom posts videos of him singing pop songs to YouTube so other family members can see them. But something curious happens. More than just family and friends view them. Hundreds. Then thousands. Then bazillions of insta-fans discover his talent.

Soon, a young music producer named Scooter Braun offers him a record deal, convinced Justin is the next big star. More than 9 million albums fly off shelves. An 86-show tour sells out. But director Jon Chu wants to show Justin not as the larger-than-life teen phenomenon, but as the regular—if very talented—kid from a little town in Canada.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never shows cool concert footage, backstage business, tour bus antics...and lots of screaming fans. Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun tells us, "We get paid to make people happy." A heartwarming segment of the film shows the tour crew wading into a crowd of people gathered before each show, looking for a few unfortunate ones who don't have tickets...and then giving them great seats.

The film also goes out of its way to show that the people around Justin want to make sure his story doesn't turn out like that of so many other teen stars before him. The camera pauses respectfully as several folks in Justin's crew pray for him.

Can Justin survive such fame? Those around him are portrayed as being wise and determined to help him navigate the downsides of fame. So for now (and let’s pray that never changes), Justin Bieber offers his legions of young fans a relatively wholesome alternative to many other teen idols.

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