Movie Review: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, The Backstreet Boys Documentary

So I will be first to say when it comes to this subject I am extremely bias. I love the Backstreet boys and I have since I was about five years of age. Since then they just bring back a feeling of nostalgia and happiness that I can’t explain. I have seen them eight times in concert, I have met them once, I guess you could call me a mega fan, fan girl, whatever. Below there are some spoilers in the documentary, things that I wasn’t aware of so if you don’t want them ruined, don’t scroll!

The moment that I got the notification that this documentary was downloading onto my Itunes I started to watch it, I didn’t even wait for it to fully load. That is how excited I have been for this to come out. They had talked about it for so long and the date kept getting pushed back, but right when it was released, I watched it! Truthfully I expected something about their rise to fame, I didn’t expect them to be so raw and real, but that was exactly what it was.

As the film starts they go and visit Kevin’s hometown and then Brian’s hometown since they didn’t live far from each other. Even though they have been a band for the past twenty years they had never done this, so why not do it in front of the cameras. It is really interesting to see the boys, well men now I guess, and how they act when they aren’t on stage. Sure they may have been putting on a bit since there was a camera but the emotions seemed so raw and real. When Kevin talks about his father passing away and he breaks down, when Brian explains that he has vocal problems he breaks down. Truthfully there was a lot more crying in the movie than I expected.

There are a few pivotal moments in this movie that I didn’t know happened.

-Howie D was the original lead singer when the band first started, but after Max Martin got a hold of them, it became Brian, Nick, and AJ. Howie only agreed to this final album if he could have more singing than the last albums.

-Nick holds animosity towards Brian because Brian has been the lead singer. There is a huge fight between the two of them, I highly recommend you at least watch that part.

-Brian has vocal chord issues and there is really no cure, his voice comes and goes. This is another big thing that the documentary follows during the hour and a half it runs.

-AJ opens up about his addiction and how he was behaving during the Black and Blue tour.

– Lou Pearlman stole a TON of money from them.

It was honestly a movie that made me love the group even more. As I previously stated the raw emotions that are shown through out the movie are incredible. Watching this band go from basically on top of the world, to not even having a record deal was very interesting. See I knew that they had been dropped but I didn’t realize this last album was basically done being an independent band.

I would rate this movie a five out of five. Being a fan of theirs I am proud that they let their fans get a glimpse into their come up and even their falls after the 2000’s.