If you asked about my future writing plans, the last thing I'd expect my answer to include would be the new Katy Perry movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me. Earlier this week, I took the girls and their friends (and the boy - I'm sure not sure what the appeal was for him!) Maybe I'm a sucker for a good story, but this actually was one. I really enjoyed it and recommend it highly.
Before the movie, I wondered what the message would be for the kids and what they might take away. Mike even wondered out loud, "I don't understand how this can be a movie for kids..." After having seen it, I think the opportunity exists for kids to take away a lot.
First of all, the movie begins and ends with confessional-style submissions from Perry's fans, ages 8 to twenty-something, talking about how she has impacted their lives. Each one of the children speaking has some valuable insight to share beyond their love for Perry; something I could see the 10 year olds in my group latching onto.
More importantly, the movie gently tells the tale of love lost and the grueling toll a touring schedule takes on an artist. I was moved to tears at the reality of Perry's experience, understanding that place we've all been: ready to give up but finding the strength inside to go on to whatever lies ahead. She shows all of us, me included, that when times get tough, the tough breakdown. And then they get going, stronger than before. That's the human experience in a nutshell.
So while there were a few movie moments that left me squirming, (I'm still waiting for the "I Kissed a Girl" conversation), I'm thrilled that we went. I'd rather share reality and humanity with my kids any day, than manipulate our good world with especially rosey-colored glasses. I won't tell them the road ahead will not have bumps. Because it will. Witnessing Perry's ability to hang on and forge ahead while celebrating her own individuality is just the kind of life lesson I love to share with our children.