Aside from its take on Katy Perry’s split with husband Russell Brand (it blames her schedule, but mostly him), this concert doc’s most interesting aspect is the way in which the pop star’s image as a human anime character imperfectly lines up with her various past incarnations. Chronicling her California Dreams Tour, Part of Me relentlessly pushes Perry as both cartoonish and family-friendly, then piles on footage of teens singing along to her breakout ode to bisexual experimentation, “I Kissed a Girl”—a reminder that her current public identity is a well-honed, trial-and-error construction. The 3-D performance footage is impressively lavish, though the film’s unending idolization of the amiable singer will quickly exhaust all but the most devoted fans.
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|Release date:||Thursday July 5 2012|