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Movie Review: "Katy Perry: Part of Me"

Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Katy Perry's 3D concert film, Part of Me, definitely captures the candy-coated fun and excitement of Katy's California Dreams concert tour, but it doesn't shy away from the emotional turmoil the pop superstar experienced during that tour, or the trials and tribulations of evolving from a teenage gospel singer and preacher's daughter to a pop star singing about kissing a girl and liking it.

Indeed, the events leading to Perry's failed marriage to actor and comic Russell Brand are given center stage in the film, though obviously told from Perry's point of view.  She's shown going to great lengths to make her marriage work, including flying off to see Russell between tour dates despite her exhaustion.

The topic of children was also evidently a sore spot for the couple.  In one scene, after Brand sends Katy a text joking about what they should name their children, she declares, "Babies can’t have babies, and I’m still a baby.” When her marriage ultimately crumbles, Katy is seen sobbing in despair, after which he pulls herself together, hits the stage and knocks the crowd dead.

Emotional turmoil aside, Perry fans are going to love the opening of the movie, which features fans ranging from late childhood to their early 20s talking to their computer cameras about Katy and her effect on their lives.  Suddenly, footage appears of a then-18-year-old Perry -- she's now 27 -- intimately talking to a camera about her own life, seamlessly edited into the end of the montage.

We meet all of the important people in Katy’s life, see plenty of Katy “without any makeup on,” and learn pretty much everything her fans ever wanted to know.  Since I’m not exactly one of those fans, I wish there had been a little more background.  I also think the film could’ve been grittier and gone into a greater detail about Perry’s struggles, but that isn’t really the point here.  What Katy Perry: Part of Me delivers is a part of Perry that's emotional, uplifting and infectiously entertaining. A must-see for Katy Perry Fans.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars. 

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Katy Perry Equates Divorce to a ‘Scar’ as Release of Her New Film Approaches

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Although popular songstress Katy Perry might sing of “Teenage Dreams,” her new documentary film indicates her life hasn’t always been picture-perfect.

The singer has had a year of highs and lows.  She embarked on a world tour and released two hit songs all while experiencing a very public divorce from actor Russell Brand.

Perry spoke to Elizabeth Vargas on Good Morning America about her new movie, Part of Me, which opens July 5.

Perry, 27, told Vargas that she believes that her music resonates with people because she is honest:  “I’m not singing about how fabulous everything is.”

It has been suggested that her divorce from Brand is the inspiration behind her latest music and an important part of the film that she chose to include.

“It’s like a scar,” she said. “Sometimes you look on your legs or your arms and you see this scar. And sometimes they’re bad and it reminds you of the thing that you learned or what not to do again. But you needed that reminder. And these are valuable things. They’re life lessons that help me in the future.”

The film offers insight beyond the divorce to issues her Evangelical family had with her on-stage persona. “Katy, I’m not going to watch you if you have half your clothes off,” Perry’s mom says in the flick.

Although her parents are deeply religious, Perry refers to herself as “open.”

“But I still have a moral compass, I hope. And I still try to make all of my decisions with integrity and respect,” she said.

“I know if I get out of line, either my grandmother or my sister will pop me.”

Perry’s close relationship with her sister, Angela, is shown in the movie.  She even helped her sister plan her wedding while her own marriage was on the rocks.

“I told her I was going to be this one day,” she said. “And I said I was going to take her along with me. And I’ve taken her along with me. And she’s kind of like my warden.  She’s the one that has that invisible leash you see mothers and the children in the malls, they’re tied to and they kind of yank when the kid gets out of line? That’s my sister.”

The songstress wanted her audience to see a real side of her and didn’t remove scenes that showed her in an unflattering light.

“I’m OK with showing that real side and stripping that down. I even like the scenes where I left in the movie that maybe weren’t under the most flattering lights and I looked obviously exhausted and tired.   I just wanted to kind of show that like really at the end of it all I was just a normal girl, pretty plane Jane, who had an idea, planted a seed and watered it.”

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