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Monday, March 21, 2011

Movie Review - Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

You know what? Fine. One of us likes Justin Bieber. She’s a 23 year old graduate student and finds him adorable, his songs catchy, and his personality infectious. She’s also been excited about Never Say Never since she first saw a preview 4 months ago, and was finally able to see it last night. Verdict? It. Was. Worth it.

While the movie doesn’t really have a plot (it chronicles the days leading up to his performance at Madison Square Garden and includes home videos and insights from his support staff), it goes pretty in-depth into his life. The home videos are especially great – one of us is pretty sure the only home video her mother has was taken at birth, so to see that many was a little surprising to her. The home videos added so much though. If you can watch a 5 year old Justin Bieber play the drums (well) and not like him, or at least appreciate his talent? You might be crazy. Another aspect of the movie that made it more enjoyable was the story of how Justin Bieber became, well, Justin Bieber. It’s a relatively well-known story now, but hearing again how he walked up to Usher outside of Jermaine Dupri’s studio and said “I’m one of your biggest fans. Can I sing you one of your songs?” makes us like and respect him even more, as does his perseverance after Usher basically pushed him away.

Obviously, the movie also focuses on his performances. It features a bunch of his songs and will definitely make you realize whether or not you like his music. His concert at MSG also featured Boyz II Men, Usher, Sean Kingston, Jaden Smith, Ludacris, and Miley Cyrus, which seriously makes one of us wish she could’ve been there. If all else fails, they have tons of footage of screaming, crying, freaking out girls that should make you feel better about yourself.

Look, the bottom line is this: if you already dislike Justin Bieber, you’re not going to see this movie. You probably didn’t read this review. We don’t mean those people who claim to hate JBiebs with little experience or knowledge to support their opinion (though we’ll get to those people later). We’re talking about the people who have given him and his music a shot and found them not to their liking. While we don’t understand that, to each his or her own. This movie probably isn’t for you, and that’s okay. Now, to those people who pretend to dislike Justin: see this movie. If you don’t want to pay money to see it, that’s fine – wait until it’s on Disney or MTV in a few months. You get an insight into his personality that’s great, and it may even change your mind about him.

Movie Grade: A

Other blogger note: BAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. ^Why am I not surprised? That said, it's hard to not admire "The Biebs" for being a good kid, having talent, and being a hard worker, even though it's creepy to hear a fetus sing love songs to women. But I just want you to know, if I had been in town, I would have seen it with you.

Original blogger note: He's 17! That's not a fetus!

Other blogger note: He sounds like a fetus.

Original blogger note: No he doesn't.


  1. I don't blame you. "Baby" is undeniably catchy.

  2. The first time I heard his first song, I thought "Oh, a lesbian singer singing about a woman... wow, that's so cool." Then my sister explained that the singer was actually this kid, named Justin Bieber.

    I don't dislike him, I just don't like listening to 14 year old girls talk about him nonstop.

    "Baby" is definitely catchy, but better by Sam on Glee.

  3. Baby IS catchy. Maybe too catchy to be interesting. And it's better to see the 14-year-old girls talking about Bieber than woman beater Chris Brown or some female pop star who has sold out and plastered her naked body over everything she can.

    A female pop singer singing about another woman? That's Lady Gaga, isn't it? Actually, we predict that's going to be a thing, in the future. We will be hearing more songs to same-sex lovers soon. Gaga is bi, so she's easing the public in.