“From 1999 to about 2002 we were the biggest band in the world. No one thought it was going to be as big as it was, then it just stopped. And what do you do when you’re a full-grown man in a boy band? ”- Backstreet Boys member, Brian Littrell.
This past year the Backstreet Boys, consisting of members A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell, released “Show Em What You’re Made Of,” a documentary directed by Stephen Kijak. The film was shot over the span of two years and followed the band’s journey to create their 2013 album In a World like This. If you’re thinking this film pretty much just follows the band around, you’re completely wrong. This films reveals a side of the band that no one knows about and shows how they’re coping with their past success.
Throughout the film, each of the band members return to their hometowns; visiting their former schools, teachers, and other places and people who influenced them. Each of the members share stories with one another about things that prepared them for their fame that was to come. If you take the time to watch this, you’ll also be blessed with a ton of throwback clips from dance practices, behind-the-scene footage of concerts, and some photoshoots.
However, you won’t only see the success the band had. You’ll also learn about the struggles they faced before or during their journey as a band, and trust me some of it is unexpected. Throughout the film, the band often gets into arguments about lead vocals, issues from the past like their struggle to compete with N*SYNC, and financial problems they ran into.
You’ll probably take a little trip down memory lane and reminisce with the lyrics of “I Want it That Way” while drooling over Nick Carter. By the end, BSB fans will be searching for tour dates, and N*SYNC fans will be questioning their allegiance.
***Bonus – it’s on Netflix***
– Gabriella Tovar