Monday, February 21, 2011

Never Say Never

A few weeks ago, I tweeted this:

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's a lesson I try to teach my own children.

2.  Family values are key.

The movie showcased many home videos of Justin with his young mother and grandparents (who supported their teenage daugher in raising Justin). Perhaps I'm just a sap, but the genuine love they share is very touching.

Don't believe me? Well I dare you not to swell up with emotion when you witness his grandfather tear up as he recalls the day Justin and his single mom left home to pursue stardom. Or see his mother beam with pride (and shed a few tears) as she watches her son accomplishing a major dream (performing before a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden).

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.


Heather said...

I don't understand the Bieber fever and with all the sicknesses we have had in our house the past year that hasn't been one of them.

In fact, The Chicken really doesn't like him & I have no idea why.

Tammigirl said...

My husband and I saw a preview while we were at the theater and it looked like it would be worth watching. Shocking, I know!

Allison M. said...

my friend lia wants to see it so bad and she loves justin.

Rima said...

Hmm . . . you are the fourth mom friend of mine who has recently raved about the Bieber movie. I must admit that the trailer was actually kind of compelling, but I'm still not sure I'm ready for the Beeb.

Kristen B. said...

I'm not sure if anyone else noticed this (or if it makes a creepster for noticing it) but he is very shiny in the poster for his movie. Like his lips are super shiny and the light reflected could probably guide airplanes to a safe landing. Maybe too much Chapstick?

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