Katy Perry: Part of Me Review: An Almost Entirely Manufactured Whole
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Katy Perry: Part of Me Review: An *Almost* Entirely Manufactured Whole

By Agent Bedhead | Film Reviews | July 7, 2012 | Comments ()


Here we go with another 3-D concert movie for the undiscriminating masses. The most recent such efforts have brought nothing but misery for non-fans -- Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience framed the now-obsolete trio as the next coming of The Beatles, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never gave us the origin story of a dipshit -- and Katy Perry: Part of Me is no exception. Perry is both star and producer (she kicked in $2 million of her own cash) of this 3-D extravaganza. Part of Me is clearly her dictated vision of what she would like her audience to see, but that's nothing new when it comes to documentaries now, is it?

Altogether, this movie is a boldly-colored, brightly-patterned, saccharine-sweet portrayal of the onstage and backstage life of a (for better or worse) global pop star. The documentary follows Katy throughout the California Dreams world tour that supported her Teenage Dream album, and to her credit, the movie acknowledges that the support system for such a tour is incredibly huge. Between Katy's make-up artists, handlers, and stylists, the girl can't go wrong as far as her appearance goes (though there's no accounting for taste), and that doesn't even begin to include those personal assistants, dancers, and crew who are along for the ride. The doc presents a rather amazing display of excess that is celebrated on a nightly basis in front of packed arenas, which are filled with fawning fans who all bow at the feet of the painted lady with pinwheels spinning on her boobs. The candy-coated theme is rather nauseating, but the tweeners love this crap.

The good news? Most of the concert footage is cut so that you never have to hear an entire one of Katy's dreadful songs in its entirety. The bad news? Everything else or, at least, most of it. The movie still celebrates inane lyrics like "I wanna see you peacock, cock, cock / Are you brave enough to let me see you peacock? / Don't be a chicken boy, stop acting like a biatch." So as much as I'd like to wholly dismiss Part of Me as completely vapid dreck, it does contain a bit of an unintended plot. Or so I assume that the directors (Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, the same ones behind Bieber's movie) never imagined they'd hit the emotional jackpot while setting out to capture the so-called "hidden" life of a vapid popstar who seems to believe that she's a perfect hybrid of Alanis Morissette and Madonna.

Yet this is no Truth Or Dare by a long shot. A few similarities do exist in terms of both raw ambition and a backstage Warren Beatty of sorts. For those who remain blessedly unfamiliar with Katy's personal life, let me ruin your enlightened state by informing you that Katy married British comedian Russell Brand immediately before she kicked off this world tour. So much for the honeymoon phase, right? Well the movie clearly documents the quick degeneration of a marriage stretched to the limits by a couple that rarely ever seems to be in the same city. Of course, this isn't entirely Katy's fault because Russell should have known what he was getting into, but the effects are unmistakably poignant. The fact that the filmmakers included this crap in the movie should have pissed me off (and in fact, Russell asked Katy to remove his likeness and all references to him, but she refused). Yet oddly enough, this marital exploitation is the only thing that saves the movie from being a completely nauseating confection.

Indeed, Katy Perry wants her audience to believe that dreams can come true and that a fairy-tale ending is possible, but this is supposedly an account of real life or, as the title suggests, "part" of an account. During one moment, she actually exclaims, "I feel a bit like I live in a fairytale." Then, of course, her fairytale crumbles, and she cannot maintain the delicate balance of a hectic touring schedule while keeping up her personal life as well. On one hand, it was douchey for Brand to file divorce papers immediately before the largest show of Katy's entire tour. On the other, Katy definitely uses the fallout to her advantage for this movie, and the backstage moments after she hears the bad news are perhaps the only semi-genuine seconds of the entire movie. As Katy lies on the floor convulsing with tears, I realized (perhaps for the first time ever) that she's a real person. Then Katy rose up from her pile of glittery ashes, pasted on a blazing smile, fixed her make-up, and went to perform for the waiting crowd. This display of fractured reality isn't enough to redeem the whole movie, but it's enough to satisfy the title of the film. Katy shows off part of herself in Part of Me, but we never receive the whole of the matter.

Agent Bedhead lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She and her little black heart can be found at Celebitchy.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • I am totally interested in watching this documentary movie, hope its good like never say never.

  • I'm surprised you think 'Truth or Dare' was any more real than this latest crop of pop 'documentaries'.

  • Caz

    My 10-year old daughter really liked this movie. The main part for her was the emotional side shown by Perry when she had to go onstage despite just hearing about the divorce proceedings. She preferred the behind the scenes bits to the actual concert footage. Say what you like, nonfans...this is a pretty good PR ploy aimed at tweens.

  • Evangeline

    Mediocrity is somewhat redeemed by nice tits!

  • voltaire123

    I haven't seen the movie, so I have a question: Does the infamous "breakdown" scene which happens backstage at a concert in Sao Paulo REALLY supposedly depict the moment that Russell Brand filed divorce papers? If so, that's gotta be a blatant lie. A quick look at her tour schedule shows that the gig in question happened in September, while he didn't file for divorce until December 30. As I recall, she was on Christmas/New Year's break at the time that he filed, because I remember the big news in the previous few days was that they had spent Christmas apart (he in England and she in Hawaii). She was not on tour at that time. So, if this movie claims that she received news of the divorce papers just before going on stage, it's not only manipulative but outright false. And that means Russell wasn't "douchey for filing divorce papers immediately before the biggest show on her tour."

  • Bert_McGurt

    He's just sorta douchey already though.

  • The film never mentions divorce papers being filed. It is just implied that the relationship was breaking down at the time of the San Paulo concert.

  • voltaire123

    Well, if that is the case, it sure is being misunderstood/misreported by the vast majority of reviews, including this one. They all seem to think that the film shows her breaking down backstage when receiving news that he filed for divorce, but as previously outlined, that could not be the case. Either KP/the editors deliberately made it vague so that people would jump to this conclusion, or every reviewer is really sloppy, and I kind of think it's the former.

    Also, I know it's popular to say Russell is "douchey" in general, and say what you will about him, but he at least has been totally classy about KP since the divorce, never saying a word against her and going so far as to compliment her and wish her well. At least he is not capitalizing on their doomed relationship by now making it a focal point of his career and persona.

  • Darbie

    What irks me most, is her statement, "thank you for believing in my weirdness," as if her candy-coated tit-displays are weird. IMO, she is always in a remarkably well-made slut-o-ween costume, which is not weird in this day and age. Weird would be not using her sexuality to sell music to tweens.

  • I don't think that the claim that Katy Perry is homophobic has much validity. Katy tweeted her support for the abolishment of DADT, and it is clear in the film that she has surrounded herself with several gays and lesbians on her tour and she is very close to them. Her songs "Ur So Gay" and "I Kissed A Girl" are sometimes sighted as proof of her homophobia but are clearly tongue in cheek and not to be taken seriously. The film deals with her strict religious upbringing and her struggle to break free from the baptist views forced upon her. She says later on in the film "I believe in God, but not nessasarily the same details as my Mother does". I personally enjoyed the film (though I think her music and persona is a lot of fun) and thought the sections dealing with her early life were especially engaging. The film is well made and I walked out a bigger Katy fan than when I walked in. She has talent and doesn't take herself too seriously.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Am I the only one snerking uncontrollably because the Katy Perry movie is in 3D(D)? With piranhas, dare I hope?

  • dahlia6

    All of this manufactured (actually wrote manufac-TURD, lmao for Benadryl!) crap makes me want to flay someone alive with a dead cat, but Katy Perry is my personal albatross. I cannot stand her. Anything about her whole cheap candy-coated boobies for Jesus act. Every picture you see of her is with her mouth open making some kind of convoluted blow-job face, and I just can't stand her. Its actually to the point where I'm starting to worry about how much she pisses me off. I work in customer service, and the mouth-breathing bottom-feeding lowest-common-denominator squid-brains I meet every day don't piss me off half as much. Nikki Minaj does almost the same for me, but I think its the bug-eyed pink lipstick "OMG, you're taking my picture!" pose that gets me with her. Also, the whole Roman Zolanski schtick. Really, girl? Really?

    But back to the point of this rambling, I just hate her whole persona. I just wanted to post this somewhere, since the people I live with couldn't care less about this travesty on human ears.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Convoluted blowjobs are the most exhausting blowjobs though.

  • Do you get some sort of danger pay for having to watch this stuff? You should at least get extra murdertank time on the weekends.

  • Brown

    Even the header image is photoshopped.

  • Aasd

    This review might have been more convincing if you aren't so obviously biased

  • Towards what? Things that are NOT AWFUL?

  • ManBearPig

    She has nice boobies...mmm
    Don´t pretend like there´s nothing else interesting to say about the whole thing

  • Strand

    I was dragged to the Bieber movie and... I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would.

  • special snowflake

    So from what I am to understand, Katy shows off part of herself in Part of Me, but we never receive the whole of the matter? What I just copied and pasted from the review there, that's what one needed to know before taking this monumental ticket-purchasing leap? Oh, and also that it's a boldly-colored, brightly-patterned, saccharine-sweet portrayal of the onstage and backstage life of a (for better or worse) global pop star, as I just pasted from the review again??
    Now remember that, folks, you only find these astonishing revelations on Pajiba. And there goes my chance of getting any sleep tonight!

  • Penisnosed Dildoface

    So let's get this straight; you go into watching the movie with a preset agenda, that Katy Perry and everything associated with her is HTE SUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just like the objective 'journalist' that you claim to be and then you proceed to shit all over the movie and yet you make your review seems shocked, SHOCKED!!!! that the movie was HTE SUX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    I pray your infant children are sexually molested and raped before they are two years old.

  • ChuggaWasTaken

    She/He is named "Penisnosed Dildoface". Please don't feed the troll.

  • Flagged for that horrible closing statement. I hope they bring the banhammer down on you.

  • Penisnosed Dildoface

    Oh so you don't believe in the First Amendment to the Constitution or in free speech.


    Since you obvious loathe America and all of the freedom it offers, get the fuck out of my country and move to someplace you obviously love, North Korea, where you can spend your time starving people to death.


  • Penisnosed Dildoface

    Sorry about that, Pajibans. Life is hard as a unemployed, 40 year old, basement dwelling Katy Perry fan.

  • Ash

    nice try, troll boy or girl.
    seriously though, katy (and america!) are so lucky to have a fan like you.

  • Emmet O'Cuana

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out there.

  • Clancys_Daddy

    You must be new here, all of the reviews are biased, that's what we like about them, as the reviewers are all pretty much biased in the same way the posters are, you being the exception. Obviously you have the vacuous nature of a tweener girl with ADD. Fortunately they tend to grow out of it, you I have my doubts about.

  • Ben

    since when has anyone on pajiba ever pretended to be objective journalists?

  • Lee

    Obviously a Katy worshipping 13 year old boy.

    Yay! Another movie that celebrates the narcissistic ego of a vapid, soulless automaton who only knows she exists if the cameras are on her (like her spiritual ancestor, Vadge). I never understood the appeal of this woman, since she lacks any discernable quality which separates her from the writhing mass of wannabes.

  • Jenn

    This abusive trash should have been moderated due to the last line.

  • Sarah

    Whoa man, your head is a violent place to live. If this review is enough to anger you to the point of wishing harm upon the innocent, you must walk around the real world with in constant state of rage. I hope you live far, far away from me.

  • voltaire123

    Katy Perry's fans are a scary bunch. I've looked around on Twitter enough to know that they literally go nuts at the merest suggestion that their beloved idol isn't perfect. You should see some of the death threats they send Russell Brand. Which, if you think about it, is so bloody stupid -- people break up all the time. By definition, a breakup causes some amount of hurt on both sides. So yes, by that measure, Russell hurt their precious Katy. But I'm sure she hurt him too. And I'm sure all the other millions of people who break up every day hurt each other too. It's not that unique. KP fans need to get a grip and realize that someone criticizing (or in Russell's case, breaking up with) Katy Perry is not actually grounds for killing them or wishing death on their unborn children or any other batshit crazy thing that crosses through their pea brains.

  • scaldinggrey

    I can't understand why people blindly worship a woman who has made a name for herself telling girls that their sexuality should be non-threatingly candy coated and only be for the consumption of men, that being gay is totes bad except if you kiss another girl to turn on your boyfriend or some fratdouche at a bar (but all gay teens are fiiiiiiiireworks when she has to promote herself) and constantly plays up the Madonna/whore paradox. Of course almost all female popstars are guilty of doing something that's not "perfect," but what pisses me off is that Katy Perry is celebrated despite her blatant homophobia and (internalized) misogyny in the wake of the repeal of DADT and Slutwalk. Just my 2 cents, it seems like there are other ways to waste my money.

  • AngelenoEwok

    You're my new favorite. Upvote, upvote, upvote!

  • Ash

    dreams can come true and that a fairy-tale ending is possible*

    *if you're willing to shoot whipped cream from your boobs.

  • Kobie

    I still love her.

  • DenG

    OH Lawd Ham Mercy all I want to know is Proactiv keeping her acne at bay? Mr. Beatty got it right with Vadge: "She doesn't want to live off-camera, much less talk. There's nothing to say off-camera. Why would you say something if it's off-camera? What point is there existing?" Nessum Dorma. Drinkin' daiquiris.

  • wicked.whisper

    more pajiba on the weekends please....NO REST FOR YOU BASTARDS!!!

  • wicked.whisper

    more pajiba on the weekends please...NO REST FOR YOU BASTARDS!!!

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