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Chasing Happiness

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Engaging JoBros documentary has some language, drinking.

Movie NR 2019 96 minutes
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This engaging documentary about the likable Jonas Brothers makes it easy to see how the talented trio became enormously popular as young teens in the mid-2000s. And what's not to like? They're talented, grounded, and hardworking, and their love of performing together is infectious. Chasing Happiness offers a substantial, mature look at the brothers and their story that can even be enjoyed by people who aren't fans of their music.

The documentary covers a lot of ground, but some topics that feel worth pursuing, or at least worth more mention, get left by the wayside. Nick's life-threatening diabetes, for example, or the fourth brother, Frankie. Cynics may see it as a carefully crafted strategy to prepare their fans for a different, more mature Jonas Brothers in the future, and that's no doubt a factor. But it succeeds as an entertaining look behind the scenes at three brothers who absolutely love making and performing music together. It's also an emotionally satisfying look at their lives and brotherly bonds. The mature perspective, strong language, and brief drinking to excess make it best for teens and up.

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