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Jem and the Holograms

HD   PG Closed Captioning SDH

Jon Chu

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About the Movie

Small-town girl Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples, TV's Nashville) lives an unexceptional life…until she takes on a secret identity inspired by her music. She becomes Jem: the bold, stunning and absolutely fearless global superstar! But when it seems that she may lose touch with the things that really matter, Jerrica and her band of sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey, discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up franchise) and starring Juliette Lewis (TV's Secrets and Lies) and Molly Ringwald (TV's The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Jem and the Holograms is a fun, music-filled, inspirational adventure about finding your own voice.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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17%
  • Reviews Counted: 69
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 57
  • Average Rating: 3.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It seems to be merely tossing ideas into the pot that it thinks might appeal to 9-year-olds. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Oct 22, 2015

Rotten: As silly and sometimes nonsensical as it is, the movie is surprisingly sweet and well-intentioned. – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 24, 2015

Rotten: Not being part of the generation that watched the show, I can't vouch for its merits. But it's safe to say that it must be miles ahead of this wan, bloated screen version which forgoes the original's sci-fi and thriller aspects. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 23, 2015

Rotten: The movie's poky and confused, never clearly setting up its conflicts and blowing far too much of its running time on a National Treasure clue-hunt for messages Jem's father programmed into a sassy dancing robot. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Oct 22, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Lame

The only thing it has from the source material is the name. Otherwise it's a sad sad retread of overused tropes.

Astounded

Ok..I'm a die hard original Jem fanatic. Yes, the story line changed but, I think it was morphed into something that today's kids could understand. We didn't have Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube back in the day so for the writers to bring this into the equation I think helps to bring the younger generation into the story. The only thing I really missed was Synergy. I wished they had done more with it to better match what was done in the original cartoon series.

This is not similar to the cartoon itself. It's worse.

The movie makes characters and events much, much different to the actual cartoon. Jem and the Holograms were a group of wonderful, kind girls. They'd do many charitable events, always did what's right, and had been there for each other. This movie depicts literally none of that. Where is Starlight's home for girls? Where is actual Synergy? Where is the rival band The Misfits? This is literally just projecting the idea of how hard it is to be a star. But that isn't what the REAL Jem and the Holograms were about. This movie would just be better if it wasn't using the Jem and the Holograms franchise horribly. Just use a group of regular teenagers.

Jem and the Holograms
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2015

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