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Rated PG · 118 minutes · 2015

Drama, Musical
Thirty years ago, Jem and the Holograms hit the airwaves. It was a cartoon about an orphaned teenager named Jerrica who runs a record label as well as a foster home for the Starlight Girls, and she can turn into a rock star named Jem with the assistance of a supercomputer named Synergy who projects onto Jerrica a hologram through her earrings which enables her to live a double life, and Jem and her backup band, the Holograms, have a rival band called the Misfits who are psychopaths who routinely burn down Jerrica's house full of orphans. If that run-on sentence was the best thing you've ever read, it's because the show is amazing. Outrageous. Truly, truly, truly outrageous. I totally get why Hollywood would want to turn it into a movie! Now that I've got you all excited, please reduce your expectations by about 95 percent. It's... too bad. All of the best stuff from the show has been removed or altered beyond recognition. For example, instead of running a record label, Jem uploads an annoying video of herself singing with an acoustic guitar. Blech. And instead of Synergy being an omnipotent aura that facilitates Jem's career through magical earrings, she's just a WALL-E rip-off that, through some shitty holograms, literally projects daddy issues. But then I realized: This film was never supposed to placate nostalgic and cranky 30-somethings like me! It's for them. That's a tough pill to swallow, and not what I'd hoped for (118 min.).
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Director: Jon Chu
Producer: Jason Blum, Jon Chu, Scooter Braun, Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis, Bennett Schneir, Jeanette Volturno-Brill and Couper Samuelson
Cast: Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Molly Ringwald, Isabella Rice, Barnaby Carpenter, Nathan Moore, Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman, Justin Alastair, Ryan Hansen and Kesha


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