And I knew right then and there that I'd soon be taking my daughter to see this:
What I didn't know was that I'd actually love the movie as much as my little girl seems to have grown to love this teenage Canadian pop star himself.
Now, if you're anything like my husband, you're probably rolling your eyes in disbelief at that statement and wondering what the heck has possessed me...perhaps I've lost my marbles or worse yet, I've fallen off the deep end. I mean seriously, how could a 37 (soon to be 38) year old mother actually like anything associated with this bubblegum pop star?
Well, while my daughter crushes on his songs, hair and overall "cuteness," I was moved by two overriding themes from the movie.
1. Never let anything stand in the way of your dreams.
Maybe I'm a softy, but I love seeing success stories and it made my heart happy to watch this young boy dream big and work hard to achieve his goals. He hails from a small town in Canada, and has gone from playing his guitar for passerbys on city sidewalks, performing in talent shows and sharing his talents on YouTube to singing his songs accoustically on nearly every pop radio station in the U.S. -- he has definitely put in the legwork to become a mulit-million dollar recording artist performing before a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden.
Believe it to achieve it...it's a lesson I try to teach my own children.
2. Family values are key.
Their family dynamics are rooted in deep Christian family values and has set the foundation for the well adjusted teenager that Bieber seems to be. He loves playing basketball with his friends, enjoys the company of his family, and still has to do mundane chores like make his own bed.
With all that said, I could have done without seeing Miley Cyrus towering over Bieber in a dominatrix get-up during one of the concert performances. Awkward.
Oh, and one more thing...can someone tell Justin to pull his pants up? Because my daughter, and a million of other young girls, are watching.