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Review: 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never'

Justin Bieber is shown in a scene from the 2011 film, 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.' (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)

February 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
"Justin Bieber: Never say Never" is essentially a concert film with stories about Bieber's life told in between all the songs.

You see this kid's dedication and the talent he displayed even as a young boy, along with the smarts he displayed as a texting teenager.

Older women who see this film will probably remember their time loving their era's teen idols: Was it Paul Anka or Frankie Avalon? Donny Osmond or David Cassidy? Maybe 'N Sync or New Kids on the Block?

The studio isn't releasing much of the movie's music, but, as someone it's not written for, the songs seem to all blend together for me. It's hard to distinguish new material.

And I didn't find the 3D aspect of the film worth the trouble of having to wear those glasses. It just didn't add very much.

I enjoyed seeing Bieber's story and his clear command of his audiences, but this is a movie best suited for his fans. They helped make him and he knows it.

You see Justin Bieber as a likeable teenager who really is still a kid, despite having a great career at 16. He's also surrounded by a team of people who protect him and watch over him to keep this machine running.

If you're a parent taking your kid, I'm guessing, like me, you'll like his story more than his music. If you're a big Bieber fan, you'll probably love it all.