JONAS BROTHERS CHASING HAPPINESS

"Do Fame and Family Go Together?"

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What You Need To Know:

JONAS BROTHERS: CHASING HAPPINESS begins in present day with the Jonas Brothers, Kevin, Joe and Nick, gathering in Australia to reminiscence on their journey as a band and brothers. CHASING HAPPINESS interweaves the past and the present as the brothers ask deep questions about various periods in their lives. They respond with honesty and apologies as they embark on a plan of getting the band back together.

CHASING HAPPINESS is an extremely well-made documentary with strong Christian, moral and pro-family elements. Longtime fans of the band will appreciate the behind-the-scenes info and celebrate their successes and empathize with their sorrows. Regrettably, the brothers don’t expand on their personal relationships with God as adults after leaving their church. Additionally, there’s an anti-biblical song lyric about the Father, Son and Holy Ghost not always agreeing because the brothers are trying to relate it to their own personal journey. Also, the movie’s title promotes a slight Romantic worldview but is ultimately refuted by a redemptive ending founded on family. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for JONAS BROTHERS: CHASING HAPPINESS because of several “f” words and other obscenities.

Content:

(CC, BB, Ab, Ro, LL, V, S, N, A, D, M): Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/ Elements: Strong Christian, moral, pro-family worldview with an emphasis on brotherly love, apologizing for poor behavior, and loving one’s spouse and children, with scenes in a church including singing worship music, preaching and congregational prayer depicted, Christ the redeemer statue is shown in Rio de Janeiro, and during the credits, the Jonas Brothers sing a song that has one anti-biblical lyric stating that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit don’t always agree because they’re trying to relate it to their personal story of brotherhood, plus movie’s title suggests a Romantic worldview of chasing your dreams and happiness but is ultimately refuted by being grounded in family and contentment

Foul Language:
15 obscenities (including four “f” words), six light profanities, a couple slurs, “gay” is used as a derogatory term, comedian makes a snide remark about the brothers being “God’s favorite virgins,” the word “p*nis” is mentioned three times, and hellish is said in a song lyric

Violence:
Brothers spar while boxing

Sex:
Married couple kisses, a comedian mentions the word genitals, one brother mentions his frustration with a woman who publicly discussed the size of his genitals, couple cuddles in a bed

Nudity:
Upper male nudity when boys are in swimsuits as children

Alcohol Use:
Alcohol use, plus brothers play a drinking game

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Brothers smoke cigars at one point and no drugs;

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Mention of being envious of other people’s talents as a child and there’s some family discord.

More Detail:

JONAS BROTHERS: CHASING HAPPINESS is an Amazon Prime documentary about the famous singing group where the brother gather and reminisce about their journey as a group, as solo singers and as brothers.

JONAS BROTHERS: CHASING HAPPINESS begins in present day with the Jonas Brothers: Kevin, Joe and Nick, gathering in Australia to reminiscence on their journey as a band and brothers. Next, the movie goes into talking heads with each brother recalling the rise to their fame from their point of view. The stories are woven together to create the narrative of their story.

Born and bred in New Jersey, the Jonas Brothers all had a natural knack for the arts from their childhood. Nick adored singing and was on Broadway. Kevin was an amateur magician and commercial actor, and Joe did a bit of everything. Their father, Kevin, Sr., was a pastor at an Assembly of God church in their hometown. Once the brothers formed a band and got picked up by a major record label, they were fearful of their dad losing his job at the church because they weren’t exclusively a Christian band.

The family struggles to make ends meet, Thus, money was tight when they were putting on shows in shopping malls and small arenas in the greater New Jersey area. The movie takes a somber turn when Nick gets diagnosed with diabetes. Eventually, the Jonas family leaves the church, and their record label drops them.

During that time, but not in the movie, Kevin, Sr. pestered MOVIEGUIDE® about letting them perform in the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala & Report to the Entertainment Industry. When they did, Hollywood took notice of them.

The brothers made use of the internet during this time, making humorous vlogs and other random content. Almost overnight, Joe gets asked to star in a Disney Channel movie bringing along Kevin and Nick, and the group gains popularity as they sign to work with Disney. Along with their newfound international fame came an explosion of fandom, but the brothers were always grateful with every passing minute. Struggling with their own creative juices and wrestling with growing to maturity in the public eye, Nick eventually says he’s leaving the group. This created a rift in their brotherhood for some years. It wasn’t until Kevin had his first child that they reunited and began to see each other in a new light.

CHASING HAPPINESS interweaves the past and the present as the Brothers ask deep questions about various periods in their lives and respond with honesty and apologies as they embark to get the band back together again. The movie concludes with the recognition that chasing fame and fortune might seem attractive, but ultimately doesn’t show that what you might be searching for has been with you all along – family.

CHASING HAPPINESS is an extremely well-made documentary. Longtime fans of the band will appreciate the behind the scenes info and celebrate their successes and empathize with their sorrows. Regrettably, the brothers don’t expand on their personal relationships with God as adults and after leaving their church. Also, there is one anti-biblical song lyric about the Father, Son and Holy Ghost not always agreeing because the brothers are trying to relate it to their own personal journey. The movie’s title also promotes a slight Romantic worldview but is ultimately refuted by a redemptive ending founded on family. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for JONAS BROTHERS: CHASING HAPPINESS because of several “f” words and other obscenities.

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