Rating: PG, for brief language and mild thematic material.
This second documentary chronicling the behind-the-scenes life of pop phenom Justin Bieber wasn’t shown to critics before its Christmas Day opening. But it comes from Jon M. Chu, the same director who brought us 2011’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. That first film was a big, glossy celebration of a musical superstar on the rise, a young man with talent and poise beyond his years. Since then, Bieber has proven himself human, and fallible, as he’s made the sort of high-profile mistakes so many young celebrities do. Clips from the new film suggest that he’s achieved an awareness of the perils of fame while still exuding enough impish enthusiasm to keep his loyal fans squealing with glee. Oh yes, and it’s got tons of concert footage to appease those fervent Beliebers.