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j-hope in the Box

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Docu on breakout South Korean artist has swearing, drinking.

Movie NR 2023 85 minutes
j-hope in the Box: The BTS member releases a solo album.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Good for adolescents (13-14+)

As a BTS fan, I can admit my rating may be biased but I feel like it is a powerful documentary about j-hope's solo carrier and that everyone should be able to enjoy it. However, I recommend 13-14+ because of the strong language and depictions of drinking. To be honest, your teenage kids probably heard worse at school without you even realizing so this shouldn't be much of an issue. However, if you feel like it's best for your child to be accompanied by an adult while watching, that's totally okay too. I am not your child's parent; do what you think is best for them at the end of the day.

Is It Any Good?

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This is a very talky documentary, so beyond j-hope stans, viewers who don't speak fluent Korean will need to be prepared for a lot of subtitles. But j-hope in the Box is an entertaining film for two main reasons. First, j-hope comes across as a sweet and hardworking artist with fears and dreams just like the rest of us. The way he stays after events to thank and hug every worker is given extended screen time. Second, the musician made history with his performance at Lollapalooza, so the behind-the-scenes look at his preparation and nerves leading up to the show has added interest and even some historical value.

It might have been nice to add more characters into this film, as happens with BTS bandmate Jimin when he visits j-hope in Chicago. For example, at a listening party, j-hope mentions there are personalities from across South Korea's film, music, and dance worlds, but no names or further details are provided. When he goes to visit his parents in his childhood home, they never appear on-screen. In the film's pursuit of insight into j-hope, it forgets to give more perspectives on its subject than his own.

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