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(2009) (The Jonas Brothers) (G)

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Concert Film: A 3D presentation of the 2008 Jonas Brothers "Burning Up" concert tour.
A 3D presentation of the 2008 Jonas Brothers "Burning Up" concert tour, featuring the Jonas Brothers (Kevin, Joe and Nick), Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift, as well as backstage footage and other views of the brothers working or goofing around.
OUR TAKE: 4 out of 10
Our reviewing policy for films that aren't shown in advance to critics is that we'll only provide a paragraph or two about the film's artistic merits or, more accurately, lack thereof. After all, life is too short to spend any more effort than that on a movie that even the releasing studio knows isn't any good (which is why they hid it from reviewers before its release).

That said, and just as was the case last year with the similarly shot-in-3D concert film "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert," it's a mystery why Walt Disney Pictures didn't show this concert film to most reviewers before it opened. It's pretty innocuous stuff, not to mention review-proof regarding the targeted demographic of female tweens and anyone else who's a fan of the brotherly trio.

Director Bruce Hendricks (who also did Miley's slightly better and more enjoyable 3-D film) segues between the concert footage (with some of the usual array of 3-D "coming at you" material, but nothing we haven't seen before) and some silliness that will remind many a parent in tow of Richard Lester's far superior (and Oscar-nominated - for screenplay and score) "A Hard Day's Night" (what with all of the canned silliness and fleeing from crazed fans, etc.). That said, those looking for any sort of insight into the brothers, their history, etc. during the various non-concert moments won't find much of anything of substance.

Simply put, if you're a fan, you'll eat it up (and the theater and studio will gobble up your more expensive than usual tickets), while those who don't know the Jonases from the Smothers, Marx or Blues Brothers (I know, not all true siblings) won't have a horrible time (as the cold opening might otherwise suggest).

Even so, if you're not one of the targeted, you won't remember much beyond the bubblegum pop aftertaste and most of the songs eventually blending together. "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience" rates as a 4 out of 10 mainly because the music's so bland (if often lively). Let the tween hate mail begin...

Reviewed February 27, 2009 / Posted February 27, 2009

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