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I've been a fan of these guys for more than half my life. Most of my friendships were based on one thing I had in common with others when I was a teenager - the Backstreet Boys, or BSB. Those friendships are coincidentally the ones that have also lasted into my thirties. Needless to say, my friends and I have been waiting for this movie to come out for a very long time. The Backstreet Boys finally released their documentary
, entitled "Show 'Em What You're Made Of," this past Friday via iTunes and in select theatres around the world.
The movie's title is from one of their songs off of their most current album, but the film goes back to their roots and shows their early struggles. Some were highly publicized, such as AJ's rehab stint, Nick's drug and alcohol abuse, and the chaos revolving around Lou Pearlman. If you're unaware, Pearlman was the man that formed the group and swindled hundreds of millions of dollars from their success and the success of other groups, like *NSync.
The guys talk about how they'd hang out at Lou's million dollar Orlando estate all the time and play with his array of toys. Howie even mentions how they'd watch his porn stash on occasion; TMI, Howie! They talk about how they'd work 7 days a week, had no breaks, and how *NSync came about and became their number one competition. The guys even take a tour of his now abandoned mansion, since AJ and Howie still remembered the security code to get into the private community. They explain how even after all he took from them, they still feel sorry for the man.
Apparently Lou wanted to be in the movie. The guys wanted go to the prison he's in and talk to him face to face on camera. It almost came to be, but the warden would not allow it. I for one do not feel sorry for this man.
I remember seeing the guys in the summer of 1998, right after Brian had open heart surgery. The guys had 4 shows scheduled here in Toronto over 2 days. You could see the oxygen tank at the side of the stage for a "just in case" situation. No one should be working in that case, let alone doing 4 shows in under 48 hours. Brian doesn't really talk about his heart in the movie but does talk about his more current health concern. I won't spoil it by telling you what it is, I'll just say that you see Brian cry on more than one occasion.
The movie goes back and forth from all of them hanging out in a London flat writing their latest album, to an individual focus on each guy. The guys visited each others home towns to give a deeper feeling of nostalgia and to allow the fans a closer view on how they came to be. Kevin brought us to Kentucky and talks deeply about how his father died. AJ goes back to Florida and ballet dances at his old dance school. Yes, he pirouettes. Nick also goes back to his dance school in upstate New York. Brian brought us to the church where he started singing.
You see them together remembering the past and creating for the future. There are a whole lot of f-bombs dropped as well, so remember that if you have the volume up a bit louder than normal. They fight in this film and fight hard, but they also thank each other for the bad times. AJ personally holds Kevin responsible for him going into rehab when he did.
There were things missing from the movie that I thought for sure would be in it, such as the death of Nick's sister Leslie, Howie's sister Caroline, and a look into their married life with children. I guess if they included everything the movie would for sure be 4 hours long, and personally, I have no problem with that. I'm hoping more footage will be available on the DVD extras!
Did you guys catch this film and if so, what did you think of it?
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