Review: Katy Perry: Part of Me Is an "Inspiring Story"

Entertainment Jul. 5, 2012 AT 7:00PM
Katy Perry in Paramount Pictures' 2012 "Part of Me." Katy Perry in Paramount Pictures' 2012 "Part of Me." Credit: Paramount Pictures

Release Date: Thursday 7/5

Us Rating: ***

You've got to applaud Katy Perry

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In her engrossing 3-D documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me, (shot during her 2011 world tour), Perry, 27, fully illustrates how she went from ultra-Christian guitar strummer to outspoken pop star.

But candy-colored concert footage aside, the real fireworks go off when the singer reveals a fascinating glimpse into her troubled relationship with Russell Brand.

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"I'm trying to keep my marriage alive," a frustrated Perry pleads to the camera as she makes plans to see him in L.A. during a rare day off. (Brand, 36, makes only fleeting cameos, leaving viewers to wonder about his take on their issues.)

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The "fairy tale" union ends, of course, but Perry's inspiring story lives on.

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