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Jon Doe Kissed KATY PERRY: PART OF ME, And He Liked It!!


You can say what you want about American pop sensation Katy Perry, but you can’t call her a failure. With 102 awards from all over the world in all sorts of categories, she’s amongst the brightest stars to ever grace the airwaves with her vocal prowess. It was only a matter of time before her loyal fan base – appropriately donned the Katy Kats – would be rewarded with an in depth look at her rise to stardom, and fortunately for them, that time is now. Directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, of reality television fame, followed our beloved star for a year, during her 2011 worldwide tour, and have prepared a 3D documentary/concert film for the viewing pleasure of fans nation – perhaps even world- wide.

Unlike the previous films for which this formula was applied, Katy’s journey is that much more interesting because her route to route wasn’t a beaten path. While the rest of her cohorts may have faced their few obstacles here and there, Katy seems to have had to jump through hoops at every juncture on the way. From her childhood, being the daughter of travelling Pentecostal preachers, to her battles with executives and labels in the industry, calling Ms. Perry an “overnight sensation” would be the farthest thing from the truth. While it is true that she hasn’t had the roughest of lives, she definitely has an understanding of struggle and the film successfully conveys why she is deserving of all of her fame and success. It’s truly an experience meeting her and all the people around her who make her existence as a star possible. From her sister, who takes care of many aspects of her career – including the role of “Last Friday Night’s” Kathy Beth Terry – to her unimpressed grandmother, there is no shortage of characters in Ms. Perry’s world, that can truly take you on a rollercoaster of emotion seeing them in their day to day lives.

Still, the most interesting and engaging aspect of the film stems from its coverage of her 14-month marriage with Russell Brand. Following them from the early stages of their matrimony, the cameras capture all the hardships of two people who have achieved international success, trying to balance their conjoined personal lives and their budding careers. With Katy trying to salvage what the two of them share, we see her reaching out to give life to their bond in a fashion that doesn’t seem reciprocated. Watching her attribute valuable time to make phone calls and take days off the tour to travel cross earth to visit, the bulk of the film’s emotional pull comes from seeing their relationship fall apart. It’s truly difficult to watch, as she has to go on stage, night after night, and profess her love to a man she is secretly falling away from. Whether you see it as a tragedy of romance or a testament to her dedication to the music is moot, as these moments are undeniably heartfelt. It’s these instances that the film rises above the rest of the concert documentaries that we’ve seen thus far.

Sadly, on many instances, the filmmakers' influence becomes somewhat apparent. While I wouldn’t detract from the overall emotional impact of Katy’s hardships on her being, there are flashes where one gets a feeling that the effect is done up. Its not so much of a distraction as it is a subtle dramatization to capture moments that’d be near impossible to translate to film, but it is noticeable and deserves mention, given the nature of the film. I’ve always stood behind the notion that there is no true “reality” media, but that if the steps taken are done so in a way to give value to the truth of the matter, then nothing is lost in translation, and I strongly feel that this is the case with PIECES OF ME.

While the film plays very formulaically, similar to the Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brother’s forays, it has one thing that truly makes it stand out from the rest. Starring an artist who has travelled a much more uphill road on her way to success – is a hell of a lot more spunky and energetic – KATY PERRY: PART OF ME is a movie that will thrill all the die hard fans of the singer and perhaps capture the hearts of a few others. It isn’t a movie that’s going to appeal to everybody – nor is it one that should – but for those who have a love for the singer, the pop genre, or for the struggles of the music industry and/or for life as a whole, you’ll walk away with an appreciation of the undeniably talented Katy Perry.



-Jon Doe

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  • July 6, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    She's not a failure, true

    by schadenfreudian

    She's succeeding in a world of mediocrity.

  • What?

  • July 6, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Awards and sales do not indicate quality

    by Scorchy

    I really have nothing against Katy Perry or her music (I couldn't even tell you what any of her songs are like), but as corrupt as awards are and as dumb as people are, neither of those things are indicative of how awesome or talent a person is.

  • July 6, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Wasn't she the singer that wore the bustier on sesame street

    by angry kitty

    A little weird. May be a nice person, but I am doubtful the elevator goes to the top floor.

  • July 6, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    I want a part of Katy...specifically two parts.

    by blackmantis

  • July 6, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I don't care what anyone says...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...the woman is a knockout and has one of the greatest natural figures in pop culture. Yes, I would gladly risk the sloppy-seconds trail blazed by Russell Brand. That lucky fucking bastard.

  • July 6, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    "Mediocre" is a compliment

    by thot

    Sure, she's just the latest in a long line of tepid, girly popstars, but she can't sing worth a damn and her songs are all interchangable. Her lyrics are some of the stupidest ever put to "music". A Katy Perry movie? I'll put that on the shelf right next to my Justin Bieber DVD.

  • July 6, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Shes good at what she does

    by tomdolan04

    Whilst shes not my bag generally, sniping at her is just petty. Shes attractive, successful in her field, comes across as intelligent in interview, has had a pretty shitty relationship break up, isnt a terrible role model and on hearing her live has a pretty belting vocal. <p>

  • July 6, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    if she wasn't hot we wouldn't even know who she is.

    by alienindisguise

    any one can have success if the general public want to have sex with you. That's why Marilyn Monroe was famous and the trend is never ending.

  • July 6, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I've seen Barbie dolls that had less manufacturing.

    by tailhook

    I had wondered what the point was for the whole Russell Brand dog and pony show. Now I know. She needed to push a movie and it needed a hook. So a quickie marriage to the first available star for a limited time. The payouts allready factored in(he probably gets residuals or some backend from the movie no double) and relatively hidden so the divorce is a breeze and 'amicable'. Nothing about her is real. Not a single thing about her rings true. The poster is actually a perfect depiction of her in that it is a highly crafted Photoshopping of her. Make no mistake, you can do this for a limited time and cash in, but it will catch up to you. The backlash is going to be extremely harsh. When her stuff stops selling, the same people repping her will tear her up and spit her out and I can't wait for it. Thats what happens when you're manufactured. It happened to Leif Garrett, it happened to Vanilla Ice, it'll happen to hear too. These corporate princesses only have a limited shelflife before they go rotten. Then she needs to pull a Britney Spears(someone who actually has quite a bit more talent than she does) and go crazy for a while, and maybe be D-listing reality shows for rent money. Either way, the final end to this story is never pretty. Enjoy it while it lasts Katy Perry. As Seth Macfarlane poignantly pointed out in Ted... eventually nobody gives a shit.

  • July 6, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for this!

    by daniel parker

  • July 6, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Dude, it's too late for her to be Vanilla Ice or Leif Garret

    by FluffyUnbound

    She's had multiple hit singles and more than one successful album. At this point she's the Bee Gees, not Vanilla Ice. I don't like her that much, but calling her a flash in the pan makes about as much sense as calling Pink or Christina Aguilera a flash in the pan at this point.

  • I was getting her and Niki Minaj mixed up.

  • July 6, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    I want to diddle her doodle-hole

    by Adam D. Kline

    Man, that's gotta be one sweet, sweet pucker

  • July 6, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    agree with scorchy

    by ratfarts

    Just because things sell a lot doesn't make them good quality. I give you McDonalds, Budweiser, and Kraft singles as just a few examples. Sad how we settle for such bland things. That said, I do like Katie's music better than any other stuff my daughters play.

  • July 6, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    "if she wasn't hot we wouldn't even know who she is."

    by Ratstick

    There's millions of hot girls out there. I don't think she could have made it this far without at least a little talent. And she isn't More than average pretty. Most people with a little self confidence and a sense of style can be hot and attractive.

  • Because the Last Waltz and Gimme Shelter are clearly worse than Katy Perry The Movie

  • July 6, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I'm still laughing at the guy ranting about her up coming down fall...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Um what? You compare her to Vanilla Ice? That right there shows how crazy you are. Sure I don't prefer her music, but at the same time I'm not blind or stupid. She's passed the flash in the pan type singer. She's had ups and downs but is way back up again. Ice had one hit song and then was in Ninja Turtles 2 and had to sing "Go Ninja's go ninja's go!" Look I get being jealous or hating talented and rich people. But that rant was beyond silly. If you hate her or look forward to her downfall you shouldn't hold your breath because it would have happened already.

  • July 6, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    If she shows her tits...

    by IamHERE

    I am all for it. if not... fuck off

  • July 6, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Ups and downs lol

    by tailhook

    She's been prominent since like 2010. A couple manufactured good years I'll grant you, but someone like Leif Garrett was prominent the same amount of time. She's a bit past Vanilla Ice at this point, but his was an almost immediate flameout where hers is a lot more manufactured with smarter people doing the constructing. Most 'flash in the pans' usually get 3-5 good years before people wiseup and they end up on Celebrity Skid Row. Heck, Hanson had like 4-5 good years. Same with NSync. The Backstreet Boys. All come and gone, just like this twat. Heck, she's got about as much time in the limelight as Justin Beiber. Saying she has staying power is silly.

  • July 6, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    How much time does she spend naked? If it's zero, then no sale.

    by Royston Lodge

  • July 6, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Tailhooks right. Here today,

    by batzilla

    gone later today.

  • July 6, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    She's a manufactured pop star

    by Rupee88

    Maybe she does have a little talent but she's mostly famous because she's a nice face and big titties and the huge conglomerate corporation behind her decided to make her famous.

  • July 6, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    And is this review a goof?

    by Rupee88

    It just occurred me that it could just be a joke played on giving a glowing review to the Justin Bieber movie or something.

  • July 6, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Call me gay, but I like Katy Perry.

    by Gary Makin

  • July 6, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    This isn't terrible.

    by tyler_turden

    I saw this at a preview screening last week. My full take.

  • July 6, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    - If you're pretty, you can be anything. -

    by Jonathan


  • July 6, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    The bitterness in this thread is hilarious

    by gooseud

    90 percent of the pop stars of the 60s? Manufactured. 90% of the popular pop metal bands of the 80s? Manufactured and long gone. Bay city rollers? Jonas bros? BBD? Peter Frampton? All flash in the pans with a 2 or 3 year shelf life. And yet, it's harmless Katy Perry who deserves a 20 page rant Like the guy above. Just calm down, sparky. Do you know how long Run Dmc's career as a relevant musical force was? A couple of albums and 4 years or so.

  • July 6, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    manufactured tbers discussing manufactured pop stars

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • July 6, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    No doubt she's manufactured

    by Belvis

    But that doesn't mean she doesn't have talent. I also think that she's probably more inspirational to teen girls than most pop singers have been. She seems to genuinely care about her fans. I'm not a fan but I will admit that her goddamn "Firework" song has a tendency to get stuck in your head. And she does have an amazing rack, so there's that too.

  • July 6, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Anybody else find it creepy that...

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    so many young girls, I'm talking ages 5-8, idolize Katy Perry. ....I mean the subject matter of most of her songs is about getting tore up and having sex. And I realize I officially sound old!

  • July 6, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    no talent white hack singer with big tits...

    by Norman Colson

    and why would I watch this woman who's clearly parlayed a one hit wonder into a concert??? She aint no real singer. Now christina aguilera! that bitch can sing her ass off!!!!

  • July 6, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    and that poster sucks BTW

    by The_Credible_Hulk

  • July 6, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    But does she get her tits out?

    by death metal batman

    Inquiring minds want to know. Nip slip? Anything?

  • July 6, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Katy Perry's boobs

    by mongo126

    are more talented than Beiber and the Jonus Bros.....though Miley Cyrus' ass has some skill.

  • July 6, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Fucking A scorchy

    by Count Screwface

  • July 6, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Does she sing "I Kissed A Girl" for her 8-year-old worshippers?

    by Royston Lodge

  • July 6, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Is there any way...

    by Clavius

    I can tap into Russell Brand's brain and download just a few "select" moments? Anyone remember the movie "Strange Days"...yeah like that.

  • That's not a flash in the pan. She's had more Number 1, Hot 100 singles than most established stars. She's pretty, has a nice rack, but I still couldn't pick her out in a line up if she were next to Emily Blunt or Zooey. Either way, concert movies should be left for DVD releases. She's a star who sells, but the funny thing I noticed about her is that you never ever see anyone proclaim their undying love for her. So her "fans" may just be people who like songs on the radio enough to spend 1.29 on iTunes and not give a shit about her otherwise.

  • July 6, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    N Sync still holds the first week sales record.

    by Bruno

    2.4 million copies in one week. They didn't go away because they failed. They disbanded after Justin went solo. But they went out while still being famous. If those mop-headed bastards announced a reunion tour tomorrow, it would be sold out.

  • July 6, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Saw it last night...anyone want my pink 3D glasses?

    by StatelyWayneManor

    I probably wouldn't advise the average Slayer fan to see it; but it wasn't bad. She can sing (yeah, I was surprised) and it has that GLLE vibe of be yourself and make your dreams come true. Sadly, no nudity. Too bad she'll probably do a Gaga and her next album will fail.

  • I think her "Teenage Dream" album is great stuff. I keep listening to it for some reason. The only genre of music that I like to listen to is rock and metal, but I find Katy's music fun to listen to. Her songs are catchy. I'll be seeing this film in theater soon.


  • July 6, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Katy Perry gargled my balls...AND I LIKED IT!

    by obijuanmartinez

  • July 6, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    her latest album didn't even crack 1,000,000,000 copies sold

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports


  • Her singers are interesting. Take E.T. for example. That song is unique and the video is strange and full of sci-fi elements. The one that got away, is another one. The video shows Katy Perry as an old lady in the future mourning her true love. It gives off this strange vibe of how we're all headed there and it's depressing. Point is she tries at least. It's not simplistic generic junk like Justin Bieber.

  • July 6, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    songs not singers

    by Orionsangels

  • She broke free from that bullshit.

  • I mean, take a look at that pic... It gives the impression of a teenager in her room play-acting as a star. Only, that's a thirty-year-old implicitably dressed in eighties-teen garb acting like a teenager. What's disturbing is I don't think its an act: I think its the natural effect of a person never getting a normal "teen years". The description of her romance with Brand comfirms this in many ways; Brand is a grown adult, and Perry seems to be acting like a teen girl trying to prove how mature she, and her relationship, are. We're really supposed to feel surprised or sorry for her, a woman in her late twenties who acts like a teenage girl trying to act mature, not to be able to carry on a relationship with an adult man or even believe an adult man with Brand's supposed history is actually in love with her? I think the affection being given to her (mostly by MALE writers) is also disturbing because it shows how much the "teen girl" persona is a success and still enables grown men to feel as if they're back in high school and have a crush on the "really smart" and "cool" girl named Katy.

  • and mike nesmith is still richer than all of them

  • July 6, 2012, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I'd take Russell Brand's sloppy seconds anyday...

    by ThulsaBoom it considered sexist to want to fuck a girl you don't know? Does that make my statement sexist? Or is it only sexist because, "sloppy seconds" infers that a woman's value is lessened by intercourse with another male? And I mean it. I don't care how sloppy, I have a hard spot for fluorescent wigs.

  • While insulting her, no less. Way to make our gender look good in front of the ladies, guys. If ever there were an anthem for sex-starved angry fappers, it'd be the vitriolic rant followed by the "I'd tap that." Really, guys. You know full well you've never had a woman anywhere near as attractive as she is, much less as why bother pretending you'd do anything to her? She wouldnt let you dive into her muff if it were the apocalypse. Now, maybe if you were RICH... sorry, that's how it works. Successful women dont date poor slobs with tootsie roll dicks.

  • July 6, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by Ironhelix

  • i was expecting the usual neon bubblegum zany movie but no you get to see her heart get ripped out right in front of you which is uncomfortable to see! and in 3d! its even harder to watch as we know now what was going on but at the time the people around her didnt so they dont understand why she is having a breakdown

  • July 7, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Y'know what "Part of" Katy Perry I like the most? The booby part.

    by EastBayFrankenstein

  • Then you're golden, Jerry!!

  • July 7, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Katy Perry

    by wrath 4771

    She was solid in her SNL appearances, so she's all right in my book. If they really do document the break up between her and Brand that will be much different than most of these types of movies. My one question would be is it equivalent to Let It Be where you really are seeing the destruction of a relationship, or is it just glossed over? And no I'm not saying this movie would be as good as Let It Be.

  • July 7, 2012, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Damn.. Tophat really nailed it.

    by tailhook

    Now I actually feel sorry for her. Or would if I didn't realize she was raking in millions of dollars with this schtick, so she'll either be fine.. or have Shrink money when the fame goes away. Either way, never once has she been appealing to me or come off as an actual grown up woman. Tophat was right in that respect. There are women I wank off to, Katy Perry is not one of them. In fact, without the overdone makeup she'd be rather homely. She's like the female version of Tom Hanks in Big. But seriously, the manufacturing of her is way too intense to simply ignore. I don't think there is any part of her current existence hasn't been meticulously crafted by other people for maximum monetary effect.

  • July 7, 2012, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Oh.. and just for the record...

    by tailhook

    at least she doesn't have to cover herself in costume just to look acceptable on stage like Lady Gaga does. So she's not That Bad to look at, just wouldn't want to take it home.

  • All it took for her is to come out with some pop song about lesbianism and all of the sudden she's this Mega Pop Star? Some Americans are so easily conned nowadays.

  • July 7, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    So how's the 3D? I can only imagine.

    by adeceasedfan

  • July 7, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    She's No Adele but she's Talented and Likeable.

    by 5secondfuse

    Adele has amazing natural talent and natural beauty with curves in all the right places. Katy Perry is much more the visual performer with a huge stage show. If anyone was born to play Wonder Woman it is Perry. She hasn't really got to act that much. She's already got a fabulous comic book figure and she's wayyyyyy to good for an unfunny loser like Brand. I can't stand that prick.

  • July 7, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Billie Holiday laughs from beyond at Katys "Struggles"

    by conspiracy

    There isn't a performer, I won't call them artists as the music is written to a known formula, that knows anything about struggle, or hard times; and thus able to do much more than convey the slightest hint of honesty or soul into their catchy, but vapid, tunes. Still...Katy is goofy, oddly wholesome, and undeniably sexy as I can see where girls would love her while parents see her as the safer choice over taking their kid to see Lady Gaga.

  • That doesn't mean it's great or even good for that matter, but it's definitely not typical fluff crap. Typical fluff crap is every song and video Justin Bieber has released.

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  • July 7, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    I'd like to have part of her...

    by Jaka

    ...has anybody said that yet? Yes? Oh well, I'll fight you for it then! Ha!

  • July 7, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    "relationship" with Brand was probably not even real

    by Rupee88

    Most of those celeb relationships are just dreamed up by publicists to make more money for their clients and you morons buy it hook, line, and

  • July 8, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Except for some confetti, the 3D was barely noticeable

    by StatelyWayneManor other words; it was just like the 3D in 90% of the movies out there. She reminds me of David Lee Roth'a quote about Van Halen..."Its a one trick pony but its a hell of a trick."

  • July 8, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Yeah, she does "I Kissed a Girl".

    by StatelyWayneManor

    But is that any different than Madonna singing "Like a Virgin" or Britney Spears "If You Seek Amy"?