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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)

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Follows Justin Bieber with some footage of performances from his 2010 concert tour.

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Jon M. Chu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Bieber ... Himself
Boyz II Men ... Themselves
Miley Cyrus ... Herself
Sean Kingston ... Himself
Ludacris ... Himself
Jaden Smith ... Himself
Usher Raymond ... Himself (as Usher)
Diane Dale Diane Dale ... Herself
Bruce Dale Bruce Dale ... Himself
Ryan Good Ryan Good ... Himself
Allison Kaye Allison Kaye ... Herself
Carin Morris Carin Morris ... Herself
Scrappy Stassen Scrappy Stassen ... Himself
Kenny Hamilton Kenny Hamilton ... Himself
Scooter Braun ... Himself
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Storyline

The camera follows Justin Bieber (1994- ) during the ten days leading up to his August, 2010, sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. Footage of these ten days of concerts, rehearsals, and down time with boyhood friends, his mom, and his entourage is inter-cut with home movies, old photos, and interviews showing a musical prodigy who loves to perform, comes to the attention of an Atlanta agent via YouTube, impresses Usher, and rockets to international stardom soon after his 15th birthday. His manager emphasizes the importance of social media and of Justin's work ethic and personality in making him a star; the camera emphasizes Bieber's look. His mom and grandparents shine. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Find Out What's Possible If You Never Give Up.

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Documentary | Music

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never - Director's Fan Cut See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,514,054, 13 February 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,013,910

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,036,827
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Director's Fan Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film leads up to Justin Bieber's headlining concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, which sold out in 22 minutes. See more »

Goofs

When Justin Bieber's album "My World 2.0" rises to the top of the Billboard 200, a picture of "Glee, the Music: Volume 1" is shown as number 94, but the caption says "Glee, the Music: Volume 2". See more »

Quotes

Justin Bieber: There's gonna be times in your life when people tell you, you can't do something
Justin Bieber: And there's gonna be times in your life when people tell you, you can't live your dreams.
Justin Bieber: And there's gonna be times in your life when people tell you, you can't sell out Madison Square Garden!
Justin Bieber: This is what I tell them:
Justin Bieber: NEVER SAY NEVER!
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Alternate Versions

The film was re-edited and released digitally as a 'Director's Fan Cut' just two weeks into its regular theatrical run. This alternate version removed approximately 30 minutes from the original and added 40 minutes, for a total run time of 115 minutes. It also includes the "LXD presents: Game On" short film intro. Some of the new footage for the Director's Fan Cut includes longer sequences with Justin and his friends in Stratford, a segment about Justin's pranks and alternate musical selections including a live performance of "Favorite Girl". See more »


Soundtracks

Eenie Meenie
Written by Sean Kingston (as Kisean Paul Anderson), Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Justin Bieber, Ernest Clark, Benny Blanco & Marcos Palacios
Performed by Justin Bieber & Sean Kingston
Sean Kingston performs courtesy of Epic Records, A division of Sony Music Entertainment
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Pointless and not an enjoyable experience
17 February 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

This review is not coming from someone who is giving this film(if you call it a film as such) a 1 because I haven't seen it and I hate Justin Bieber. This review is coming from someone who did see the film, aiming to give an honest judgement and to keep open-minded. I love music and I love film, but Justin Bieber: Never Say Never came across to me as pointless and I just didn't enjoy the experience.

I did not like how Never Say Never was shot. The photography was shoddy and sometimes went at odd angles, and the lighting got so much I finished the film with a very bad headache, which still hasn't gone away. I do agree about the 3D, I not only found it unnecessary I also found it distracting. It also doesn't help that the 3D wasn't- like the annoying narration- actually that good in the first place, in fact it was really quite bad.

The music and Justin Bieber are also major problems. Not Justin Bieber as a person mind you, when I saw him performing on television at Christmas he seemed quite down-to-earth, hard-working, honest and not too full of himself. I just hate his music and I have never liked his singing either. His singing is for me rather forced and flat, and his music especially Baby has me switching off the radio quicker than you can say "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town". As for the music with exception of the lyrically powerful Born to be Somebody the songs suffer from dull melodic writing and uninspired lyrics that made me think hang on I've heard this before.

I'm sorry to say, Bieber didn't impress me very much either. As I've said, I have never liked his singing or music. However, he does have a commanding presence on stage. But... I don't think here he is in particularly good voice, the singing is still flat and forced for my liking and his acting did nothing for me. I also hated the audience. During the concert scenes, the screaming often got so loud that it was almost impossible to hear the vocals or lyrics, and this audience if this was humanly possible is more annoying than any of the audiences for those trashy talk shows(ie.Jerry Springer, Maury). Granted, people love that and do it for the atmosphere, what I'm saying is that it isn't for me. Also as part of my autism, I do have problems with sudden loud noises so while I hated the audience when it came to seeing the film, being in the audience I think would have upset me more.

The story's structure and message didn't do much either. I didn't mind that the story was part biopic, part concert feature, but the biopic stuff does come across as superficial and contrived and I think some of it slows the film down quite considerably. The message is a follow your dreams message, I have no problem with the message itself, it's just that it is not a very fresh one and feels very overly-didactic in the way it is put across in this film. The dialogue at best is really bad, some of it is cheesy and some of it is cloying, while the direction is wretched. The acting is subpar, Bieber's acting is worse than his singing and Jaden Smith while okay has a hardly credible persona. In fact, the sole bright spot in the cast is actually Miley Cyrus, which surprised me as I cannot stand her.

In conclusion, this film comes across as pointless and I just didn't enjoy it. Bieber fans will like it, otherwise it isn't really worth it. 1/10 Bethany Cox


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