PERRY: PART OF ME (director:
Dan Cutforth/Jane Lipsitz; editor: Scott Richter;
music: Deborah Lurie; Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating:
PG; producers: Brian
Grazer/Katy Perry/Martin Kirkup/Bradford Cobb/ Steven
Jensen; Paramount Insurge Pictures; 2012)
"An inane and boring self-promoting documentary in unneeded 3-D about good girl pop singer Katy Perry."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
An inane and boring
self-promoting documentary in unneeded 3-D about good
girl pop singer Katy Perry, whose parents are
traveling Pentecostal ministers and raised her on
Christian values and music. We learn nothing of value
about Katy except such trivial external things as
she's filing for a divorce from Brit comedian Russell
Brand, she models herself after pop star Alanis
Morissette, has recently hit it big-time in the pop
music field, and in 2011 the 27-year-old star went on
a world-wide tour for a year to promote her record
We also are told
that Katy became the first female performer to have five No. 1 songs
from a single album, but such success comes with the
price tag of a divorce.
The pic captures Katy on her California Dreams tour while onstage and backstage, with interviews of Katy and her loyal crew. There are also home movies from a decade ago. The good-natured but superficial pic tells of her rise to fame, her setbacks, her pet peeves, and how she's fulfilling her dream to appear on stage in glitter and to leave her audience feeling happy. Katy appears on stage half-naked and innocently tosses about dirty lyrics for her chorus to sing about seeing " your peacock, cock, cock" and sings the tasteless lyric of "we went streaking in the park/skinny-dipping in the dark/then had a ménage à trois," and the film also notes with a wink wink that the pop star's first hit was "I Kissed A Girl." Depicted as the girl next door type whose charm lies in the childlike pleasure she takes in exploring fantasy controversial sexual paths and wearing flamboyant costumes (like the one of spinning huge lollypops pinned on her breasts) while still getting along with her Santa Barbara, Calif. residing parents and her Las Vegas residing grandma and gaining the approval as a safe role model for most parents of her young fans.
One of her awe struck young
female fans responds to an interviewer's question of what it's like
attending a Katy Perry concert, by saying it's like
being shot with an arrow of Katy Perryness.
If you are part of the
supposedly likable talented star's teenage screaming
fan base, the film co-directed by Dan
Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz should be appealing. But her
bubblegum music and routine of fantasy weirdness and
her trite backstage dramas could be so disheartening
if you can't march to the beat of such a cartoonish
REVIEWED ON 7/8/2012 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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