Australian Council on Children and the Media

Jonas Brothers: the 3D concert experience

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  • a review of Jonas Brothers: the 3D concert experience completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 14 May 2009.

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie: Jonas Brothers: the 3D concert experience
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: None
Length 75 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Jonas Brothers: the 3D Concert Experience is a recording of a concert, plus documentary and behind-the-scenes footage, filmed in 3D. The concert is in Madison Square Garden in front of tens of thousands of young screaming teenage girls and the performance is interspersed with short documentary snippets of the daily life happenings of the three brothers and their sometimes hysterical fans (all young teenage girls). 

Themesinfo

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Teen pop idols and associated hysteria.

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

The film contains no violence, but there are several examples of hysterical teenage girls chasing and harassing the three brothers.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

Some children under five could be concerned by:

  • the on stage fireworks including large showers of sparks and flames that jet up into the air
  • the hysterical behaviour of the teenage fans.

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

Children over the age of eight are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

Children over the age of thirteen are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • Gibson guitars
  • Segway electric scooters

Sexual references

The performance style of the brothers is sometimes suggestive, and there are several scenes where teenage girls are clearly infatuated with them.

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Use of substances

After one performance there are some champagne-style bottles lined up in a room and one brother pops the cork and sprays the contents around the room.

Coarse language

None of concern

In a nutshell

The Jonas Brothers present a spectacular, professional, high energy performance that will highly entertain its intended audience of teenage and ‘tween’ girls. There is no significant message other that promoting the Jonas Brothers as a pop group and teen idols.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • perseverance and practice needed to achieve the brothers’ high level of performance standard
  • co-operation and team skills required to write and perform at this level

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as.

  • peer pressure and hysterical attachment to teen idols

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