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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    The live performances in particular feature an energized sheen sometimes missing from Perry's music videos featuring the very same songs.

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  • 75

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    USA Today

    Does Part of Me plumb the depths of her soul? Hardly. As billed, it's a part of Perry she's willing to share.

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  • 91

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Part of Me works hard to prove it's more than a glorified infomercial, and one reason it is more is that Perry has a startling story to tell.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Although some of Perry's lyrics are questionable -- like the behavior referenced in "Last Friday Night" -- others have inspirational, empowering messages, like "Firework." Perry's many young fans tell the audience in recorded messages how much her music has meant to them or helped them overcome a sadness or difficulty. Perry has a loving, supportive family -- from her sister Angela to her very religious parents, who accept Perry despite the secular nature of her lyrics -- and a group of close, loyal assistants and support staff.

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    Role models: Perry promotes the idea that everyone should embrace what makes them unique -- that "weirdness" is what distinguishes each of us from others. Perry is generous and goes above and beyond to meet and greet her many fans. Pretty much everyone in the film, with the notable exception of Russell Brand, is fiercely loyal, encouraging, and kind.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A couple of emotional scenes when Perry is crying or upset. In one scene, Perry talks to a little boy from the Make-A-Wish Foundation whose wish was to meet her.

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    Sex: Perry and Brand kiss (briefly) in a couple of scenes. Perry wears tight/revealing outfits (like Wonder Woman-style costumes, and low-plunging necklines). The song "I Kissed a Girl" explores a fluid sense of sexuality (the singer has a boyfriend but got so trashed that she ended up kissing a girl).

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    Language: Infrequent use of words including "damn," "hell," "ass," and "oh my God." "S--t" is bleeped. Lyrics include a couple of suggestive words -- including many references to someone's "peacock," and the word "bee-yotch."

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    Consumerism: Not many product placements, but the film obviously encourages you to support Perry and buy her songs/album.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Perry, her friends, and her staff drink in a couple of quick scenes and in photos from her days on the L.A. club scene. Brand is shown with a cigarette. In the song "Last Friday Night," the narrator can't remember what happened because she had so many shots, went streaking, has hickeys she can't distinguish from bruises, etc.; "I Kissed a Girl" is also about something that happened when the narrator was inebriated.