Ariana Grande film ‘Excuse Me, I Love You’ is a talent showcase
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Music is the star of the new Netflix Ariana Grande documentary — and rightfully so.
“Excuse Me, I Love You” is light on new information about the singer. Only sparingly are we treated to behind-the-scenes footage. Instead, the bulk of this special features Grande performing on stage, predominantly in London.
The documentary, announced earlier this month, dropped today, just after Grande revealed she was engaged to real estate agent Dalton Gomez. On Sunday, she posted a picture of her engagement ring on Instagram, writing, “forever n then some.”
“Excuse Me, I Love You” follows Grande during her 2019 “Sweetener” tour. The tour came roughly two years after a bomb blast at a Grande concert in Manchester, England killed more than 20 people.
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At the film’s first stop in Albany, New York we see Grande’s nervous entourage backstage.
“The crowd here is crazy sold out,” choreographer Brian Nicholson says. “I’m proud of Ariana and the dancers.”
Grande points to a collection of life-sized dolls, saying with a laugh, “That’s what they use to do the key lights so we don’t look ugly when we get on stage.”
Over the course of nearly two hours, we’re treated to just about every Grande hit you can think of, including “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” “No Tears Left To Cry,” “R.E.M.,” “Sweetener” and “Side To Side.”
Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” tour is the focus of a new Netflix film. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY)
At a stop in Los Angeles, we see Grande’s mom Joan pass by a young girl crying. “Tell me why you’re crying because I hate when I see people cry,” she says.
The girl’s mom explains they’ve got nosebleed seats and the girl is afraid of heights. Joan quickly fixes that, securing them a spot on the floor. The girl is just one of several fans who got their seats upgraded that day.
Later, at a rehearsal, Grande finds out President Donald Trump has been impeached. Everyone bursts into applause as she announces, “Oh my God, you guys. Trump was impeached.”
Some cheeky text at the bottom of the screen reads, “Too bad he wasn’t convicted — thank God Biden won anyway!”
Grande freaks when she finds out Mariah Carey wants her to contribute to her Apple TV+ Christmas special, “All I Want For Christmas is You.” Grande says she learned to sing by lip-synching hits from Carey, Beyoncé and Whitney Houston.
“(Carey) actually likes you a lot,” manager Scooter Braun tells her.
“The fact that she thought of me is very soul shaking,” Grande says.
At her final show of the tour, Grande gets emotional, telling her crew, “I really love you and I’m very grateful. I know this it was a lot and I know that it’s been hard physically and mentally but this show, for sure, for sure, for sure saved my life this year.”
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