A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this 3D concert is G-rated. There's nothing inappropriate to keep away the hordes of adoring primary-school fans, who along with their tween and teen counterparts, will want to see their beloved Kevin, Joe, and Nick burn up on screen. Like Disney's other chosen acts, the Jonases are incredibly clean-cut. They obviously don't drink, swear, or do much more than occasionally, in the case of Joe, flirt with a pretty fan or two. When they're not on stage, they're shown attending promotional events around New York.
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What's the story?
JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3D CONCERT EXPERIENCE is a tween girl's dream come true. For 76 minutes, fans get a look at Kevin (the side-burned one), Joe (the heartthrob), and Nick (the adorable one) at their sold-out 2008 Madison Square Garden concert. Aside from a few scenes of the brothers off-stage (hanging out in their hotel room with protective bodyguard Big Rob, making nonstop publicity stops around New York City, and driving to buy the first three copies of their album A Little Bit Longer) the action is the concert itself, with a couple of guest appearances from friends, fellow tween-pop acts Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato.
Is it any good?
It might sound ridiculous, but this is basically a Disney-fied, 2009 version of Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains the Same. Both follow an insanely popular group's performance at Madison Square Garden. Both provide very limited glimpses into the musicians' personal lives. And both cater to the bands' huge fanbases. But instead of loopy '70s fantasy sequences, the Jonases stage a music video in Central Park dressed like Gatsby partygoers. Instead of providing the soundtrack to which a generation got, ahem, "Dazed and Confused," the Jonases sing catchy, inoffensive pop tunes girls 6 to 16 everywhere adore. The real difference is that 30 years from now there probably won't be hardcore Jonas Brothers fans to keep this unremarkable concert film in circulation.
Fans Burnin' Up for the boys should be prepared that there's absolutely nothing gossip-worthy in this "documentary" -- unless the sight of Lovato or Swift on stage with the brothers, or for that matter, a peek at Kevin's chest hair, is enough to make you shriek. Think of this event flick as merely a way for the 99-percent of Jonas Brothers devotees who couldn't buy tickets to finally see their concert. Parents should also be prepared -- take earplugs to the theater.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Jonas Brothers' popularity. What makes the Brothers the latest Disney-anointed phenomenon?
How do they compare to Hannah Montana?
Why is their music so appealing to younger kids?
Does the concert movie give a real look at the Brothers off stage?
What else would you have liked to see about Kevin, Joe, and Nick?
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