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Since "One Time" was released in 2009, Justin Bieber has been swept into the world of screaming fans and A-list celebrities. The release of "Never Say Never" follows his story from Stratford, Ont., to his concert in New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Justin was raised by his single mother, Pattie Mallette, in Stratford, with help from her parents. Early on they noticed Justin's rhythm when he banged on tables and chairs. He watched his neighbor play the drums, and he was mesmerized. He got his first drum set when he was 2. Home videos show him playing the drums, exceptionally well for a 2-year-old.

At 12, Justin took second place in "Stratford Star," a contest similar to "American Idol." He also played his guitar outside the Avon Theatre in Stratford. At this time, he also started uploading videos of himself singing so relatives could hear him.

These YouTube videos were seen by Scooter Braun, who is now his manager. Braun tried many ways to contact Mallette, and she called him back from an anonymous number to tell him to leave her alone. When she realized what Braun intended for her son, they flew to Atlanta to meet with him. Braun launched Justin's career by getting him to sing at local radio stations.

The movie takes you through his friends in Stratford, to his vocal coach, to his costume designer, introducing and getting to know each one.

The movie jumps forward to 10 days before the Madison Square Garden performance. His concerts in those 10 days are shown, and thanks to 3-D, it looks like he is singing to you. Screams from both the movie audience and the concert audience could be heard.

Just days before the Madison Square Garden concert, the film follows Justin as he struggles through a sore throat and damaged vocal cords. He is forced to cancel a show in Syracuse and receives many get-well tweets.

Finally, the day has arrived. You can hear all the fans screaming and see the glow sticks, both in the concert audience and at the movie theater. Usher, Jaden Smith, Sean Kingston and Miley Cyrus make guest appearances. Of course, Justin doesn't disappoint.

The movie closes with girls in the movie theater shaking their glow sticks, dancing in the aisles, and singing along as Justin performs "Baby."

Scattered throughout the movie, girls, from children to teens, praise Justin. It shows how the girl he sings to during "One Less Lonely Girl" is chosen at concerts and his famous hair flip. The viewer can see how close his family and crew are and how Justin acts and is treated like a regular teen.

Bieber Fever has swept the nation in the past year. This documentary follows his rise to stardom, though he still seems to be a normal teenager at heart. Fans get to see the real Justin, behind the screaming and singing. "Never Say Never" is a movie that doesn't disappoint fans, and shows that if you are really committed, you can achieve your dreams.

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Waverly Colville is a freshman at Orchard Park High School.

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"Justin Bieber: Never Say Never"

Rated G

4 stars (out of 4)