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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lessons about the results of hard work.
Some song lyrics function as anthems on behalf of young people, taking time to slow down and enjoy life, and not getting too stressed out by responsibilities.
Positive Role Models
The band starts the concert vowing to "keep it clean," and they clearly put a lot of hard work into presenting a highly choreographed and energetic concert. The members of the group express their appreciation for their fans, especially after two years of pandemic shutdown.
BTS members are from South Korea and talk and sing in Korean and English during the concert.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some songs deal with relationships and love, including spending the night together.
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In the English subtitles: "damn," "crotch," "darn," "dope," "liar," "whack," "heck," "weird," "fool."
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Products & Purchases
BTS albums and merchandise. One of their songs talks about living a life of luxury.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Song lyrics mentions being "drunk." There's also mention of being "high," though that might be on experiences, not drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the concert film BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage – LA features the South Korean boy-band performing post-pandemic U.S. concerts. The members of the band express how much they missed their fans, and they vow to each other to "keep it clean." They clearly put in a lot of work giving a highly choreographed and energetic concert. Some song lyrics talk about relationships, while others encourage young people to enjoy life and not stress out. There are in-song references to being drunk and high, though the latter could be on experiences, rather than drugs. Language in the English subtitles of lyrics includes "damn," "crotch," "darn," "dope," "liar," "whack," "heck," "weird," "fool." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This concert film seamlessly splices together four different live performances and displays BTS' precision choreography. These talented performers don't miss a beat, though one member bemoans a missed side step during a break in BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage – LA. They admit how tired they are starting about halfway through the concert -- but they don't show it. Concerts have become as much about the theatrics as what's happening on stage, and here there are backup dancers, musicians, confetti, and a giant video screen, not to mention several wardrobe changes.
But the film's focus stays on the band, and they deserve it. Even if you're not a particular fan of their music, you have to appreciate the effort they put in. They're mostly not comfortable speaking in English, so their personal comments are a little thin -- until the end, when several give their farewells in Korean. Still, this film isn't intended as a get-to-know-the-band vehicle. Even during the breaks, they're largely silent or just exchanging small talk. But given that it stars one of the world's most successful musical groups, it's sure to find its audience.
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