Jem and the Holograms

Theatrical Release: October 23, 2015
DVD Release: January 19, 2016
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Synopsis

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden.

Dove Review

“Jem and the Holograms” is a movie that teens, particularly girls, will love and embrace! It features a theme of being true to who you are, and Jem must face that issue in the movie, as a shrewd and snobbish agent named Erica Raymond (Juliette Lewis) wants Jem to go solo and abandon her siblings.

Aubrey Peeples plays Jerrica, who comes up with the image of Jem and does a song for a YouTube video. She decides not to upload it, but her sister, Kimber (Stefanie Scott), thinks Jerrica’s song is terrific, so she uploads it. The next thing you know, Jem is famous and offers are pouring in.

Jerrica has been living with her Aunt Bailey (Molly Ringwald), because her father, an inventor, has passed away. Yet her father left her a device, known as Synergy, and some clues for Jerrica to help her discover who she really is. Ryan Guzman plays Rio, Erica Raymond’s son who winds up taking a liking to Jerrica, or “Jem,” and helps her out of more than one jam. The film features a couple of scenes of the girls acting dishonestly, like taking a car without permission to go look for some clues from Synergy and one girl grabbing some money from Rio’s wallet. But it also features the nice theme of being true to oneself. After Jem makes a mistake and hurts her sisters’ feelings, she finds the strength to make it right and be herself. She also learns what her dad wanted her to know about herself.

We are happy to award “Jem and the Holograms” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus. It features lively and energetic music and several determined girls who buck the system and win! Jem’s fans in the movie love her, and so will teens everywhere.

Content Description

Sex: A young man and young woman kiss.
Language: G/OMG-11; Bada*s-3; H-2; Frickin-1; Stupid Kids-1; A CD is titled "Valet of the Dam*ed"
Violence: A girl rips another girl's clothes; a girl shoves items off her dresser in anger.
Drugs: A "no drinking, no smoking" comment; a guy says he would like to have a glass of wine with Jem and "be girlfriends."
Nudity: Cleavage in a few scenes; a few scenes of bare midriffs; girls in swimwear; dancers in leotards.
Other: A girl takes her agent's son's keys and his car; a girl takes money out of a man's wallet; a scene where a girl takes some glasses; a scene in which a guy struts with the girls; a security guard lies to Jem and says he wants her to autograph his arm for his daughter, but it is for him; tension between characters.

Info

Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Ryan Landels
Director: Jon Chu
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 118 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter