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Family Movie Review: Mindless Behavior: All Around the World (G)

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MPAA Rating: G       Length: 86 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 10+. The film is rated G, so you know it’s lacking cursing, violence, or anything that would make it too offensive for most audiences. But Mindless Behavior’s song lyrics can be somewhat romantically (and hence sexually) charged, so seeing and hearing those tunes performed in concert may be inappropriate for younger viewers.

Because everyone and their mom must now have a concert film, hip-hop boy band Mindless Behavior invites audiences to go with them “All Around the World.” It’s all very energetic and fun, but it’s ultimately fairly meaningless.

By Roxana Hadadi

There are two different kinds of concert films. The first is, on its surface, about the artist on tour, but actually packs in enough backstory and behind-the-scenes footage to become about some deeper quality of the performer. “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” was really about how the singer’s family enables him into believing he’s the second coming of Michael Jackson; “Katy Perry: Part of Me” was about the pain of her divorce from then-husband Russell Brand.

The second kind of concert film, however, has no hidden depth. It’s just performance footage, like “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie,” and you have no greater understanding regarding the people you just watched onscreen. “Mindless Behavior: All Around the World” is like the “Glee” movie but with even more posturing and preening and pouting. It’s basically an hour and a half of watching four kids tell you why they’re so much cooler than you.

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