The life span of a boy band can often seem predetermined. As the boys mature into men and their teen audience ages out, two paths emerge: either break up and move on, or embrace their fate as a nostalgia act.
For Backstreet Boys, the highs were skyscraping: They moved tens of millions of albums worldwide, sold out arenas and had an embarrassment of chart-topping hits. But the documentary Show 'Em What You're Made Of, an all-access pass to the quintet's life during the past two years, focuses less on its planet-conquering success than it does on what happened when it faded. It's a naked examination of how little fame matters when it fails to yield anything lasting, be it personal wealth or fulfillment, skillfully humanizing a group whose celebrity outshined the players within it.