2011 Running time: 105 Certificate: u Rating: 3

Synopsis

The cherubic Canadian warbler is joined by Boys II Men and Miley Cyrus in a fan-tastic documentary following his 2010 concert tour. Step Up director Jon Chu shows all the sights, sounds and symptoms of the global epidemic known as Bieber fever. Catch him in action and you too may be smitten.

Director

  • Jon Chu

Cast

  • Justin Bieber

  • Miley Cyrus

  • Usher

  • Sean Kingston

Review

Depending on your opinion of the pint-sized Canadian pop sensation, this music documentary charting his explosive rise to fame will either be an Oscar-worthy masterpiece or pure unadulterated horror.

Discovered as a crooning nipper on YouTube by astute manager Scooter Braun, Bieber has become an international megastar in the space of just a couple of years, the very mention of his name having the power to turn pre-teen girls into snotty, tear-streaked wrecks.

This behind-the-scenes look at his preparations to play New York's prestigious Madison Square Gardens is actually less painful to non-fans than it sounds and offers a passably interesting account of his social media-assisted rise to fame.

Flanked at all times by his entourage, which includes his yummy single mummy Pattie Mallette and endearingly down-to-earth vocal coach Jan Smith, there's a sense that, beneath the haircut, there's not really much to know about Master Bieber.

Perhaps the biggest revelation is that JB is a genuine musical talent, the most convincing proof being footage of him capably playing drums with a jazz band.