It’s More Than Just a Saying, It’s A Lifestyle
By Ashton PikeJune 15, 2011
Everyone knows the hair flip. Everyone knows that angelic voice as it sings the catchy words
to “Baby.” No matter how much some people may deny it, everyone knows Justin Bieber. It’s
the Bieber Fever, and it spreads. Fast. In just four short years, the small town Canadian hockey
player went from below the poverty line to above and beyond everything he could’ve imagined.
Now seventeen years old, Justin Drew Bieber released his first-ever documentary film of his
long journey on February 11, 2011. Never Say Never being the title shows Justin’s true
charisma for doing what he loves.
Being a true Belieber myself, I was in line the day it came out, dragging my friends along
with me. It wasn’t easy trying to get in to see it. I figured if I went around five in the afternoon,
the lines wouldn’t be as bad. Wrong. I got to the movie theater around four –thirty, and didn’t
see the movie until seven o’clock later that night. Three times I went to buy tickets, and each
time it was sold out. Most people would’ve gone home and come back later, but I was
determined. I sat on the bench until the next show time, and raced to the ticket booth, and finally
on the fourth try, I was holding the official ticket to Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D and my
heart couldn’t have been beating faster. I was excited!
The opening was phenomenal and creative. It shows the one thing that helped Justin climb to
the top of stardom: the internet. Justin was discovered on YouTube after him and his mother,
Pattie, posted videos of him singing in a local singing contest, Stratford Idol, so his family who
couldn’t attend the shows could watch his amazing performances. Scott “Scooter” Braun was
one of the many who happened to stumble upon the videos of Justin performing to artists such
as Alicia Keys and Chris Brown. Scooter happened to be looking for new talent under which he
could manage, and when he found Justin, he looked no further. Scooter tried everything in his
might to get a hold of Justin’s mother, but she was skeptical about the situation. Finally, when
the two were able to talk, Justin was on an airplane, his first one ever, to a recording studio in
The movie counts down the days until Justin is to perform at Madison Square Garden, which
is a major step in any artist’s career. The auditorium sold out in 22 minutes. It holds 22,000 seats.
That is 1,000 seats per minute. Absolutely amazing. Justin knows how much his fans do for him,
and he is always finding ways to give back. He never forgets where he came from, and is
constantly making sure he surrounds himself with people that keep him grounded. Justin
connects with his fans mostly through Twitter. Me being a frequent follower in a totally non-
creepy way, I’ve witnessed how he asks his fans what they think of things, and how he
personally takes the time to follow them. Currently, he is following over 115,000 Beliebers and
has over 10,400,000 Beliebers following him. Three years ago, barely anyone knew who he was,
now over ten million people have been struck with Bieber Fever.
Never Say Never truly inspired me. After I left the theater, I felt like I could do anything. Some
artist say things like “never give up on your dreams,” but they have no real proof of how doing
that will get you somewhere. But Justin Bieber is living proof of how anything can happen. One
day he’s sitting in his living room strumming to Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake, and the
next Justin Timberlake and Usher are fighting over him. All because Scooter Braun happened to
click on his YouTube link.
Ever since that movie, now whenever I compete in swim team or cheerleading, Never Say Never
is blasting through my headphones. It gives you the message that you CAN do anything if you
believe in what you do. Even though I am only a sixteen year old girl writing on her laptop and
no professional critic, Never Say Never earns five stars in my book. Unlike any other movie I’ve
seen, it SHOWS people what can happen when you believe in yourself and never say never.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Never Say Never is a documentary that takes us into the factory
that manufactured Justin Bieber. Don't get me wrong. Bieber has
energy, musicianship, a smile as thick and full as his hair, and
genuine comic flair (check him out with Dana Carvey's Church Lady on SNL). But isn't
16 (he'll hit 17 on March 1st) a little young for a cinematic monument? Just sayin'.
Yes, fans, Never Say Never is also a 3D concert film to delight the shy 13-year-old
with braces that lives in all of us. Bieber fever spikes big time when our star pulls a fan
from the audience at every show to sing "One Less Lonely Girl." Still there are tolerance
levels to consider. The Bieb croons "baby baby baby baby" more times than Lindsay
Lohan pleads "not guilty." After a while the movie starts to feel like lethal injection by
There is a mitigating "but." Never Say Never exerts a tantalizing, even perverse,
fascination even without meaning to. Not in the concert scenes, which gin up suspense by
making us that think that JB's throat infection might stall his Manhattan concert debut at
Madison Square Garden. Talk about a fake out. It's Bieber's own story that pulls you in.
He was born in Canada to a teen mom, Patti Mallette, dad, Jeremy Bieber, moving on to
marry and have two more children. Home movies show us a talented tot drum beating a
chair. YouTube videos show that gift develop enough to attract Scooter Braun as a
manager and Usher as a mentor. The movie, with appearances by all of the above, barely
skims the surface of those years. What we do see is mom, dad, Braun, Usher, vocal coach
Mama Jan Smith and the burgeoning Team Bieber claiming they only want the best for
the boy as he goes through a punishing 84-date concert tour. Group hug.
The most telling moment in the film comes when Bieber and Braun recall Madonna's
remarks regarding Michael Jackson and how fame robbed him of his childhood. "Don't
let that happen to me," says Bieber. The chorus of "never" that follows doesn't really
allay concerns. When director Jon M. Chu isn't focused on the screaming fans, you can
see those concerns seep into the fabric of film. A faux-sexy Bieber duet on "Overboard"
with a scarily assertive Miley Cyrus is its own cautionary fable, as is the Bieber rap with
Jaden Smith, 12, on "Never Say Never," the theme from Smith's film, The Karate Kid.
You can practically hear all the promotional elements click into place. Maybe I'm
reading too much into a movie meant only as a slick souvenir for Bieber fans. Maybe not