While tabloids offered plenty of theories on why her marriage to British actor Russell Brand ultimately crumbled, Perry is fairly forthright about what happened—and allows the camera access to her lowest points. As she sees it, as much as Perry tried to make time for her husband by having “relationship days” carved into her busy touring schedule, it still wasn’t enough. Admitting it’s much easier to make promises than actually keep them, she also indicated they had different priorities, particularly on the family front (Brand was ready to be a father, Perry says she was still a kid and therefore, wasn’t ready to be a Mom to one).

Perry covers quite a bit of ground in an hour and a half. While probably not must-see entertainment for anyone but a die-hard fan, the film does provide occasionally intriguing glimpses of what life is like from the perspective of a pop star. While most of the glitz and glamour is exactly what one would expect, there are moments where the cheery little world Perry’s dreamed up seems about as appealing as a rotting SweetTart. If anything, it brings the old adage to mind about being careful what you wish for.

But clearly, Katy seems to be having the time of her life.


  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking and smoking is briefly depicted.
  • Language/Profanity: Several exclamations of God’s name, plus a smattering of other profanity including as-, sh--, the less offensive alternative to bi---.
  • Sex/Nudity: Katy’s costumes, not to mention those of her dancers and fans can be on the more revealing side. Some suggestive dancing and double entendres in her lyrics, particularly in “Peacock” and “California Gurls.” The chorus of her breakout hit is about “kissing a girl and liking it.”
  • Mature Themes: While her fanbase is primarily made up of younger listeners, Katy doesn’t shy away from the sadness she faced when her marriage to actor Russell Brand ended. She addresses how love isn’t always like the movies and how promises are easier to say than actually keep.
  • Violence: None, unless you consider the occasionally sour notes she hits while she’s singing.
  • Religion/Worldview: Katy talks about how she grew up in a Pentecostal Christian family and about revival meetings and church services she frequently attended where being “slain in the Spirit” was the norm. She says while she doesn’t embrace all the things about her parents’ faith, she says believes in God and has a “one-on-one” relationship with Him. She also discusses how she didn’t feel like she could think for herself in her formative years and was banned from listening to mainstream rock music, eating Lucky Charms cereal and watching certain movies.

Publication date: July 5, 2012