JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE
Believing in What?
Starring: Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun,
Usher Raymond, Ryan Good,
Patti Mallette, Nicki Minaj,
Ludacris, will.i.am, Ryan
Genre: Documentary/Concert Movie
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: Open Road Films
Director: Jon M. Chu
Executive Producer: Charlie Cohen
Producer: Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun
Writer: Sarah Landman
Address Comments To:Tom Ortenberg, CEO, Open Road Films
12301 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 571-2200; Fax: (310) 571-2278
In the time since NEVER SAY NEVER, Justin has grown up and takes more control over the direction of his career, as evidenced by his involvement in the creative process of his tour. The movie involves behind-the-scenes info throughout the tour, though it feels less intimate then his first concert movie. The theme is that, to overcome things, you need to work hard and believe in yourself. Justin states that he knows people want him to fail, yet the story never takes us to the place where the audience sees how this impacts his life. There is one instance of aggressive paparazzi calling him names, and he confronts them about why they are doing that, but other than that there is no other concrete example of how people want him to fail. As such, it feels a little self-indulgent and a tiny bit boring.
There is some time spent on Justin’s charitable contributions and giving back to his fans. Justin states several times about the importance of staying humble. His mother, Patti Mallette, discusses watching his character grow. Patti says he feels tremendous pressure and is constantly being judged. Justin says people want to be loved around the world. He expresses that he represents hope and connectedness that people need and that his fans are his moral compass.
The documentary follows Justin as he prepares for and goes on his BELIEVE tour. It shows quite a bit of footage on the creative process and it is interesting to watch how a song comes into being. The movie shows a group of dedicated professionals around him who genuinely seem to have his best interests at heart.
However, despite some positive Christian references, the movie contains some false religious notions. For example, believing in yourself is mentioned as an answer to hard times, including those times when people want you to fail. It’s also mentioned that Justin draws his strength from his fans’ belief in him. In addition, there are a lot of references in songs to romantic love rather than Godly love, as well as some light profanities by fans and some bleeped obscenities in a confrontation with celebrity photographers. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children for JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE.
BELIEVE is an entertaining movie that shows Justin Bieber’s continued growth as a person and an artist. However, the movie lacks details about the things Justin Bieber is struggling with and seems a little self-indulgent. Overall, the production values are good, despite a surprising amount of home video. Happily, there are some positive Christian references. However, there’s even more references to “believing in yourself,” brief foul language, and lots of romantic love songs. So, JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE warrants caution for older children.