The movie does a great job of setting up the illusion that Bieber is a one-of-a-kind vocal genius, but just as you start to beliebe the hype, the flick shoots its premise in the foot by showing a duet with Usher. The Bieber myth is knocked down a few pegs as soon as Usher opens his mouth.
One wonders how Ludacris felt about showing up and dropping a 10-second verse for tens of thousands of screaming teenage girls. Probably, among other emotions, he felt exceedingly well paid.
And if you're wondering how the title phrase "Never Say Never" is gonna work into the movie, let me go ahead and spoil it for you. Near the end, Bieber gives a pep talk to the 20,000 assembled fans at the climactic Madison Square Garden show. "There's gonna be times in your life when people tell you you can't sell out Madison Square Garden," he tells them. Great advice, Biebs. Next time someone tells me I can't sell out Madison Square Garden, I'll tell them to shove it. Never say never.
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