The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story

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In the 1990s, boy bands were king. Groups like N'SYNC and the Backstreet Boys were international sensations. But that wasn't the whole story. To tell the whole story, you have to talk about Lou. Lou Pearlman was the producer behind the pop explosion of the early 90s, but he was anything but an artist. In fact many would might call him a monster.

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Critic Reviews for The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story

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  • It may be an all-too-familiar refrain - trusted music manager rips off his clients - but "The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story" sets it in the broader, more intriguing context of the age-old pursuit of those twin trappings, fame and fortune.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • As Kunkel structures the doc, it's like "Here's this guy who nobody completely understands, now let's go back in time and ... nobody understood him then, either." I prefer that to cheap and specious psychoanalyzing.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The man behind *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys is revealed as a master fraudster in this absorbing documentary.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • It's more like a primer on Pearlman for those who haven't thought about boy bands since the 90s than a provocative true crime investigation.

    Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Boy Band Con is a strong crash course in learning about the boy band world, but it feels like much is left unspoken.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Enthralling and eye opening. Few titans and villains of industry are as complicated and varied as Pearlman, and the interconnected nature of his deceptions haven't been as thoughtfully and personally outlined before now.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

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