Australian Council on Children and the Media

Katy Perry - Part of me

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Not recommended under 8, PG to 11 (lack of interest and themes)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Katy Perry - Part of me
  • a review of Katy Perry - Part of me completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 9 June 2012.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 Not recommended and lacks interest for this age group
Children aged 8-12 Parental guidance recommended due to themes
Children over the age of 12 OK for this age group

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie: Katy Perry - Part of me
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild themes and infrequent coarse language
Length 97 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Katy Perry: Part of Me is the visual diary of Katy Perry’s rise from middle American obscurity to international pop-stardom.  It follows her over a twelve month period whilst she performs a world tour to promote her latest album.  Throughout the movie viewers are given an insight into the real person Katy is behind her success, including snippets from her childhood and reference to her very public marriage breakdown.

The film has a reality focus that allows viewers to feel as if they are there with her on tour or in the audience as she goes through the ups and downs of her life as a pop-star.

Themesinfo

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Katy Perry: Part of Meis the visual diary of Katy Perry’s rise from middle American obscurity to international pop-stardom. It follows her over a twelve month period whilst she performs a world tour to promote her latest album. Throughout the movie viewers are given an insight into the real person Katy is behind her success, including snippets from her childhood and reference to her very public marriage breakdown. The film has a reality focus that allows viewers to feel as if they are there with her on tour or in the audience as she goes through the ups and downs of her life as a pop-star.

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

Nothing of concern

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

Children may be worried by scenes where Katy is upset and crying

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

Younger children in this age group may also be worried by scenes where Katy is upset and crying

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

Younger children in this age group may also be worried by scenes where Katy is upset and crying

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film

Product placement

There is some product placement in this movie, including;

  • Promotion of Katy Perry as a product
  • Apple
  • McDonalds
  • Adidas
  • Nike
  • Make a Wish foundation
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Capital Records
  • Rolling Stone, In Style, Vanity Fair Magazines
  • Reference to many other famous people- Russell Brand and his movie Get him to the Greek, Lady Gaga, Adele, Jessie J, Ellen Degeneres, AlanisMorrisette, Queen, Whoopi Goldberg and her movies Sister Act 1 and Sister Act 2

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • Sexually provocative wording on her songs including ‘lets go all the way tonight’, ‘you turn me on’, I want to see your Peacock’, ‘I kissed a girl’

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some partial nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • Katy wears a variety of brief and provocative outfits throughout the movie including a bra top with tassels and a dress with spirals on her breasts
  • Katy and her dancers perform some provocative dance movements to some of her songs. 

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • Katy and others of legal age are seen drinking
  • Russell brand smokes
  • song lyrics about being drunk

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • bitch
  • friggen and fricken
  • shit
  • Oh my God

In a nutshell

Katy Perry - Part of me is the visual diary of Katy Perry and her meteoric rise to success, told through her music and her round the world tour.

The main messages from this movie are about the determination and sacrifice that is needed to make it big.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • determination
  • being hard working
  • loyalty

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

The cost of success- What did Katy have to give up to make it big?  How did her success impact on her marriage?  Did it contribute to the marriage breakdown?

Looking after yourself- Katy pushed herself very hard.  What are the risks of pushing yourself?  Do you think Katy should have taken time out of her tour when she was very down and upset?

Fame- What does the film tell us about being a celebrity?

Religion- How do you think Katy’s parents reacted to her success?  Why do you think they supported her despite their own views about some of her music?

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