RELEASE DATE: October 23, 2015
STUDIO: Universal Pictures
DIRECTOR: Jon M. Chu
MPAA RATING: PG (for thematic material including reckless behavior, brief suggestive content and some language)
SCREENWRITER: Ryan Landels
STARRING: Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald, Stefanie Scott, Ryan Guzman, Aubrey Peeples, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau
RUN TIME: 118 min
Based off the Hasbro Toyline and animated series from back in the 80’s Jem follows the story of Jerrica Benton a budding star who was discovered in the internet and became an overnight sensation. Her and her sisters, Kimber,Aja and Shana are wisked away to hollywood and signed onto the infamous Starlight Records label. Under the Management of Erica Raymond, the group goes through drastic changes and become a musical phenomenon with a mystery…Who is Jem? As this is happening Jerrica is also on a personal journey to discover herself by tracing a series of clues from an invention left be her deceased father.
For those who are fans of the original animated series there are some noticeable differences between the series and this movie. However there are many knods to the franchise in the appearance of familiar costumes and catch phrases. Many names of characters are seen on objects and mentioned in the dialogue. It seems that this movie has to constantly remind you that there is talent to be found everywhere by the overuse of popular viral videos as transitions and background soundtrack. Final thought of Jem and the Holograms… they did to JEM what Bay did to Transformers…but this worked a little better.