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Katy Perry The Movie: Part of Me


Katy Perry is living proof that if you just be yourself, you can be anything! Get an inside look at how she became one of the biggest stars in the world!

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common sense

ON for kids age 10
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Entertaining concert film follows pop singer's highs, lows.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Katy Perry: Part of Me is a 3-D concert film that follows international pop star Katy Perry during her year-long California Dreams world tour. As she's criss-crossing the globe, Perry deals with her marriage to British comedian Russell Brand, which ultimately falls apart. Although most of the concert footage is tame enough for older kids, some of Perry's song lyrics deal with mature themes -- like the consequences of partying and the dissolution of a relationship. But through the triumphs and tragedies, Perry helps teach and inspire her fans that it's OK to be different, that you should never give up on your dreams, and that everyone deserves a fairy tale kind of love.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Katy Perry is so popular. How did she stay true to herself, even though her labels and record producers were pushing her to be different?
  • Perry's songs range from emotional anthems to upbeat tales of adolescent debauchery. Is some of Perry's music inappropriate for younger kids to listen to/sing? What do you like about Perry's pop songs?
  • Does Part of Me give audiences an in-depth look at Perry's life off stage? Were you surprised by anything you learned about her life?
  • How is Perry's relationship with her family depicted? Do you think this is a true documentary or that it's a promotional vehicle to boost Perry's image?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: "Part of Me" will never be mistaken for "The Red Shoes" (though Ms. Perry has some of those, as well as every other color), but her negotiation of the painfully competing demands of stardom and marriage is undeniably poignant.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Rotten: "Part of Me" is more electronic press kit than fly-on-the-wall documentary.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, July 6, 2012

Rotten: You realize the main drama of the movie - and Perry's career - is not that she has any special artistic talent, but rather the drive to take on an insane workload and see it through to the bitter end.

- Andrew Matson, Seattle Times, Thursday, July 5, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Be yourself and you can be anything. Good documentary movie! Like her music or not, this film is so much more than that. This is a behind the scenes look at the side of music you don't see very often. Every star has their ways of doing things, but here seeing what Perry, and obviously many others like her go through both personally and physically to deliver what the fans clamor for should give you a new respect for both her and the performers in general. What's really crazy is that you can't help but enjoy this movie due to the simple fact that it exhumes joy on every level. It's like you fell off a cloud into a real life candy land and will bring a smile to your face. More of a music documentary than a concert video, Katy Perry: Part of Me chronicles Perry's year-long California Dreams World Tour in 2011 with an abundance of personal interviews, film of Perry interacting with her fans, and concert footage from California and around the globe. Absolutely bursting with energy, Perry's a fascinating singer, songwriter, and performer who's faced a fair amount of adversity in her career, and whose upbringing was very different than that of most pop stars. This film plays at times almost like a video diary. Perry philosophizes about everything from growing up in a strictly Pentecostal Christian family to her fairy-tale outlook on life, costuming choices, how her own experiences and emotions influence her lyrics and music, her drive to remain true to herself, and the difficulty of sustaining a long-distance marriage with actor Russell Brand. There's also plenty of footage with Perry's costumers, makeup artists, various assistants, and friends, including actress Shannon Woodward. But some of the most interesting interviews are those with her sister Angela Hudson, who travels with show, and her mother and father regarding their commitment to accepting and supporting Perry and her career despite potential conflicts with their religious views. One discussion that's oddly omitted is any hint of why Perry changed her name. While the personal and backstage footage is heartfelt and quite intriguing, the film seemed somewhat lacking in actual concert footage, though viewers are treated to at least parts of "Firework," "California Gurls," "Part of Me," "Last Friday Night," and "Peacock."

- MANUGINO, Thursday, March 21, 2013

4 stars

I am not personally the biggest Katy Perry fan, neither do I frequently listen only to pop music, because I lean more towards alternative and classic hard rock, BUT I do know all the Katy Perry discography and have listened to her songs on the radio since the infamous, "I Kissed a Girl." She is everywhere, whether in a positive way or negative and through it all this film shows she doesn't care. She doesn't care if you think her songs are repetitive, that her costumes look like the bargain bin at a clown costuming shop, or that she can't sing. She blows through all that hate and this documentary won't even give haters the dignity to be onscreen. Instead it's about Perry's rise to fame, her rough start, her life as a performer, and briefly even touches on her marriage and divorce at the time of filming. Katy Perry shows herself as a positive role model for children, teenagers, and adults alike, puts on one hell of a show, and all the while remains exhausted thanks to a lengthy tour schedule and her divorce from comedian Russell Brand. They show a lot of scenes where the married couple are so loving, and close, and the film even builds up that love story. Astonishingly enough, during the divorce from Russell Brand we get to see Perry break down moments before getting on stage for a giant concert and then do it all anyway, one of the most poignant moments of the film. More than that we get to see who Perry is, fusing both biography and concert film. She started in gospel, and amazingly enough tried to release an album that has music even I would be drawn to, apparently inspired by Alanis Morisette. She was blocked repeatedly, and eventually made this confectionary sugar laced music, which made her huge. I thought the concert footage was great, that she showed her true self and not just the happy face she puts on for fans and the audience, and that takes a lot of guts. No matter what you think about her music, as a person she shows herself to be genuine and sweet, which makes this all the more enjoyable.

- FrizzDrop, Thursday, April 4, 2013

3 stars

When it comes to music I don't pay much attention to Katy Perry like everyone else. This documentary won't win her any new fans, but you will have some respect for the musical artist after it's over. Katy Perry: Part of Me is a documentary that chronicles Katy Perry's life on and off-stage. It goes into details about Katy's career from when she used to be a christian gospel artist to where the pop sensation she is now. We get some interview with her family members and friends of her which does add some more insight for those for really don't much about her. The great thing about this documentary, unlike The Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience, is that it actually shows Katy Perry doing hard work. She didn't become an over night sensation which makes the aspects of her struggles all the more interesting. She worked hard to be where she is which this documentary does showcase well. Though some of the editing could have been improved. The concerts scenes are often interrupted by cutaways or a voice over. Katy Perry is a singer and it's disappointed that every time she performs on stage we don't see her doing what she does best without some kind of interruption. This a documentary that's not only fans, even someone like me who doesn't pay much attention to her was able to enjoy it. Now no musical documentary would be complete without some kind of judgement of the actual music itself. I think it's okay, but fans of the pop genre will definitely enjoy it more. I do think that Katy Perry is a talented song writer and it shows. Especially with her song "Hummingbird Heartbeat" being the best which has a simple message, but a creative way of telling it. Now there are songs that don't really have much of a point. In particular the popular song "California Girls" which I only heard once on the radio and again for this review. Sure it's a fun song, but is it really something you would want to listen to years from now? Generally speaking her music is a mixed bag. For every good personal experience one could relate too like "The One Who Away" you'll get something pointless like "I Kissed Girl" that does little to show her true talent. Katy Perry: Part of Me is a documentary that even non-fans of her music can enjoy. You will learn more about the popular singer and even if you don't become a fan of her music you will discover that she actually deserves her fame for her hard work unlike some artists.

- juliomendez19941, Friday, January 25, 2013