"Be yourself and you can be anything." That's the unofficial tagline for Katy Perry: Part of Me, the new 3D concert flick/documentary about everybody's favorite zany pop princess, and like the movie, there's not a lot you can find wrong with the sentiment: You know, it's positive and upbeat and sort of inspirational ... but there's not a lot you can find right-on about it either. Meaning neither the tag line nor the movie are particularly deep or original or thought-provoking, but, you know, they're fun and colorful and they've got a lotta heart. Kind of like if somebody gave you an especially meaningful lollipop. Or some cotton candy with an unusual amount of sentimental value. Sweet and fluffy and pink and emotionally vulnerable all at the same time.
In other words, if you're wondering what you should say when your tween daughter begs you to take her on opening night (oh, and thisperson and thatperson and thatotherperson really really want to go too)?
Just say yes. Just say, Sure, why not? Because all the spinny pinwheel boob costumes in the world can't make this movie -- or Katy Perry, for that matter -- scandalous. No matter what her Pentecostal Christian family thinks. (Who, by the way, provide some of what I considered to be the most entertaining moments of the film. Clearly this buxom cartoon character of a celebrity songstress is NOT what her parents were expecting their bundle of contained, church-appropriate joy to grow up into.)
Even Russell Brand, who barely makes an appearance, doesn't take the tame factor of this movie down, not even a smidge. Which is interesting, now that I think about it, because Brand's brief appearance in Perry's actual life didn't take her tame factor down either (not even a smidge). Which is no fine. Because Katy Perry is just being herself ... and hey, would you look at that! Be yourself and you can be anything. Apparently.
Will you see Katy Perry: Part of Me?
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