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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Published September 14th 2013
Yes, we're a boy band, but we're a cool boy band

The phenomenon which is One Direction has pretty much escaped me since I have no teenage daughters, but like everyone, I've heard of them and can recognise a few songs, so it was with a little bit of interest that I attended this preview screening of their movie "This Is Us!". I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

The movie tells the story of these five boys coming to terms with an unprecedented catapult into stardom after leaving home for their X-Factor UK solo auditions. Hitting the big-time after a chance decision by judge Simon Cowell to throw them together into a group, these teenage boys have had to grow up very quickly. Now together for two and a half years, their massive fan-base and the growth of social media have created the most successful boy band in the world.

What we see are a bunch of boys having fun and enjoying the ride to fame and fortune, while maintaining level heads about the reality of their situation and what happens once it's all over. Touching interviews with their parents reveal that the boys haven't been home much during the time since they auditioned and that they are sorely missed. The boys reflect on their rapid rise, their friendships, the effect on their families and what the future holds for them. We get a sneak peek into their personalities and the fun they have while touring the world.

The movie was interesting and entertaining, giving us a real insight into the lives of these young men and the realities of the music industry. There is plenty of footage from concerts so that you can sing along and have a boogie, and judging from the sighs and giggles in the mostly female audience, just the right amount of bare chested footage of Harry! I must admit that I quite enjoyed the movie despite my lack of knowledge of the group and came out feeling quite a soft-spot for the boys. The official website has plenty of cool shots from the movie just right for adorning computer screens and you can check out the trailer for the movie.

So parents, don't despair when your teenager drags you off to see the movie with them when it opens this Thursday, you will have fun watching "This Is Us!". To quote the boys, yes they are a "boy band, but we're a cool boy band!" And for the girls, well as I left the movie theatre I heard the ultimate comment from one young audience member, "Best. Movie, Ever!"
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Why? For die hard 1D fans and those who are just curious.
When: Opens nationally Thursday 19 September
Where: Your local movie theatre
Cost: Take your wallet
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