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The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019)

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A look at the rise and fall of boy band impresario Lou Pearlman, who not only discovered NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, but set up one of the largest ponzi schemes in US history.

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Credited cast:
Ashley Parker Angel ... Himself
Lance Bass ... Himself
Felix Burgos Felix Burgos ... Boy Band Dancer
Aaron Carter ... Himself
J.C. Chasez ... Himself
Rich Cronin Rich Cronin ... Himself (archive footage)
Nikki Deloach ... Herself
Jacob Dimenstein Jacob Dimenstein ... Boy Band Dancer
Alex Fetbroth Alex Fetbroth ... Boy Band Dancer
Kelsey Gordon Kelsey Gordon ... Girl at Concert
Kina Grannis ... Herself
Lynn Harless Lynn Harless ... Herself
Brody Hobbs Brody Hobbs ... Paperboy
Grady Hobbs Grady Hobbs ... Young Lou
Dave Holmes ... Himself
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The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story is a documentary feature that tells the story of famed boy band impresario Lou Pearlman. The film tracks his life from his childhood in Queens, through discovering mega-bands *NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys, and chronicles his later life, including his perpetration of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in American history. This is the first time this story has ever been told from the perspective of the people involved, from the Boy Band members themselves, to Ponzi scheme investors to Lou's childhood friends. Interviewees include : Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick (NSYNC), AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys), Aaron Carter and Ashley Parker Angel (OTown).

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29 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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very interesting
2 May 2019 | by ops-52535See all my reviews

This is a documentary movie about the innocent 90's, the boy band wave, and about one of the big wizards in managing bands of music, lou pearlman. he was also a scamer of proportions and that is the main subject of this documentary

boy bands, well in fact at the time i hated most of the kind, and the hype of it. it was so bad at times that my nerves wrenched, and whenever my wife was behind the driving wheel its was bsb or nsync or new kids on the block. i threatened to walk out of the car in frustration while still driving, so thankfully my wife turned it of, and after that weve always driven car in silence....what a schmuck you might think, but when things enerves you that much its pretty devastating, and i cant understate the vast differece in taste of music that me and my better half has. though today we have our best moments together at big stadium concerts, having even enjoyed robbie williams on the stage, in addition to iron maiden,sting, imagine dragon, a-ha, erasure, phil collins among others. so growing up at discos in the 80's, the 90's pop music were a major anticlimax for me.

but the film, its a witch hunt an masse', and there are just one or two who has something nice to say about the perputrator . i do understand why ron is and was a hated man, but its not told well enough why he became such an con artist. though the people that take part in this intermesso of this adhd-candidate pranker, tells a good story, and have experienced being on top of nthe world and on the charts, there are just small parts of gratitude in their words.

the filming, editing and use of archive and kinda found footage material, really builds a good story, but there are something still missing. to all the scamed investors sitting left with no money, has to realize that life is a gamble. i hope that there has been made some kinda compensation given to you all, and that there are some geeks still searching for the fortune hidden out there. con men are out there everywhere, and i may be one of them myself, but im too scared to be conned so you might say im yours trully.

the grumpy old man might have revealed some of his sour sides of himself, but this documentary is after all good and fairly recommended.


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