Glee: The 3D Concert Movie: movie review

( PG ) ( Monitor Movie Guide )

'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie' pulls out all the stops for a high-energy tour of the show.

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From left, Chord Overstreet, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele are shown in a scene from 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.'

Not being a Gleek, I approached “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” in a virginal state. (Where is Justin Bieber? Oops, wrong movie.) Well, I’m still not a Gleek, but I can see what all the fuss is about. This rousing documentary directed by Kevin Tancharoen and shot during two live concerts in New Jersey, is a nonstop campy celebration of youthful pizazz.

Most of the “Glee” performers, who include Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, and Darren Criss, aren’t just hyperenergetic – they can really put on a show. My favorite numbers here are “Don’t Rain on My Parade” by the brass-lunged Rachel (Lea Michele) – she may look like Streisand but her sound is her own – and a touching rendition of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by Chris Colfer.

A bit too much is made of how the “Glee” TV show has transformed the lives of its fans, many of whom are interviewed at length in the course of the movie. I wonder: What will become of them when the show is eventually canceled? There’s always reruns, I guess. Grade: B+ (Rated PG for thematic elements, brief language, and some sensuality.)

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