"KATY PERRY: PART OF ME" — Katy Perry, Russell Brand, Shannon Woodward; PG (suggestive content, strong language, thematic elements, smoking); in wide release
Concert films are nothing new.
These movies are documentaries that follow the subject around and give the viewer an insight into what goes on during a tour.
“Katy Perry: Part of Me” follows the singer for almost a year on her worldwide tour, complete with strange costumes.
At the beginning of the film and the tour, she is excited that her dream is coming true. She gets to be onstage and hear everyone singing along to her songs. Excitement abounds because she is a newlywed and has the support of her husband (Russell Brand) and her family.
This is not just a concert film, though. It is more of a documentary on how Perry got to where she is now. She was born into a religious family. Her father is a pastor who travels around giving sermons at revivals. She was only allowed to listen to gospel music. In fact, she made a gospel album as a teenager.
The movie also shares Perry’s story of becoming the artist she is now. It was not the overnight success some might think.
Perry allowed the cameras into her personal life. Not enough access to get too personal, but enough to know what was going on in her life. By the end of the tour, she has grown and been smacked down by life.
Perry fans will love this film. They will enjoy watching her perform her hits. Some folks may become fans after seeing it, because it's hard not to root for her.
At first glance, “Part of Me” seems to be another attempt at marketing oneself to get more fans and more exposure. But "Part of Me" actually feels like an open forum for fans to share Perry's experiences. It was refreshing to see how open she was, especially since she probably had final say as to what went on the screen. She took the movie title somewhat literally.
You might think this film would be rated PG-13, but no, it received a PG rating. That was probably a conscious decision since there was some profanity that was bleeped out. There is no nudity, but there are some bikini-type outfits. There is smoking, but only for a brief period.
There are some thematic elements in the songs that are performed that parents should be aware of. Many of Perry's songs feature references to sex and alcohol. You may just want to ask your kids what their favorite Katy Perry song is. They probably know the lyrics already.
Kudos go to Perry for being open with her life and sharing with her fans. As concert films go, this one is endearing.
"Katy Perry: Part of Me" is rated PG for suggestive content, strong language, thematic elements and smoking; running time: 95 minutes
Shawn O'Neill is the Family Man Movie Reviewer on BYU Radio. His reviews can be heard on BYURadio.org and on SiriusXM Channel 143.