Story

This documentary follows 16-year-old Justin Bieber’s recent concert tour and final performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The movie also traces his rise as a global pop music phenomenon. It shows how YouTube and social networks brought him to the attention of record producers and radio stations throughout North America. The movie introduces the people who’ve run the Justin Bieber marketing machine, including his manager, his voice coach, his head of security, and his mother and grandparents. It also shows his devoted fans – tweenage and teenage girls.

Themes

Pop music celebrity

Violence

There is some violence in this movie. For example, there’s some rough-house play between Justin and members of his crew. Also, security guards restrain Justin’s fans.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, this movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five. For example, swarms of fans mob Justin.

Over 5

Nothing of concern

Sexual references

This movie has some sexual references. For example, fans talk about their love for Justin, their desire to marry him and how ‘hot’ he is.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

Some of the people in this movie wear brief clothing. For example, Miley Cyrus wears a tight and revealing dress. Also, some of the fans wear brief and tight clothing.

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie: McDonalds.

Coarse language

There is some very mild coarse language in this movie.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is a documentary sure to appeal to young girls and teenage fans. It will probably lack interest for young children. It’s full of Justin’s hits and shows off his talents.

The main messages from this movie are to follow your dreams and never give up.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include never giving up, the importance of family, modesty and hard work.

You could also talk about what it might be like to be a pop star and how being a star could affect you.