"Do Fame and Family Go Together?"
What You Need To Know:
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.
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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