Will Justin Bieber's New Documentary Save His Career and Faltering Image?

The singer has been dealing with non-stop bad press -- but maybe this new film could turn it around

Justin Bieber has had better years. The 19-year-old singer is trying to move beyond his bubblegum years, but his efforts to seem grown up keep getting thwarted by his juvenile behavior.

Soon, we'll see his latest effort to get things back on track: the feature-film documentary Believe. Watch the trailer below!



Honestly, this trailer is not what we expected. Bieber's first doc, Never Say Never (2011), portrayed the singer as an inspirational role model. This time around, director Jon M. Chu is confronting Bieber's image crisis head-on.

"We’ve seen it time and time again. Young stars reach the top only to fall. Are you aware that you could be the next train wreck?" Chu asks Bieber in an interview segment.

We see Justin trying to explain why he took a swing at a photographer in March. We see him make fun of his pathetic little mustache. ("This 'stache is to make me feel a little bit older. It's all delusional.") We hear him talk about having his heart broken by Selena Gomez.

Ultimately, though, Chu isn't going to let Bieber fall on his face. The story of Believe will be an uplifting one, of a young man trying to overcome adversity. What adversity, though? The media? His own hormones? That story may be a tough sell.

Bieber's mentor Usher and manager Scooter Braun are there to help with damage control. In the trailer, we hear them saying that Justin is just a kid, being forced to grow up in front of the world. That's no doubt true. It's also become Justin's stock excuse for bad behavior, and it's getting old. (So is Bieber, who will soon be 20.)

Meanwhile, back in Justin's real life, the pop star threw a house party so wild that neighbors called the cops on him. Three times. Bieber may be facing charges of disturbing the peace, but he's not apologizing; he told a TMZ cameraman that it was a great party, right out of The Great Gatsby.

Bieber did a little better during daylight hours, when he made an art piece to benefit relief efforts in the Philippines. The guy is trying. We're just not convinced he's trying hard enough. But maybe Believe will change our minds. The film comes out this Christmas.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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