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Jem and the Holograms (2015)



Critic Consensus: Jem and the Holograms ignores its source material's goofy charm in favor of bland by-the-numbers drama.

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Jem and the Holograms rock their way to the big screen in this live-action adaptation of he popular 1980's cartoon. Nashville star Aubrey Peeples takes front stage as Jerrica Benton (aka Jem, with Stefanie Scott jamming the keyboard as Kimber, Aurora Perrineau slapping the bass as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoki on lead guitar as Aja. Jon M. Chu directs from a script by Ryan Landels for Blumhouse Productions and Scooter Braun Productions. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG (for thematic material including reckless behavior, brief suggestive content and some language)
Action & Adventure , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Aubrey Peeples
as Jem/Jerrica Benton
Molly Ringwald
as Aunt Bailey
Juliette Lewis
as Erica Raymond
Isabella Rice
as Young Jerrica
Isabella Kai Rice
as Erica Raymond
Nathan Moore
as Zipper
Barnaby Carpenter
as Emmett Benton
Mischke Butler
as Vocal Coach
Christy Marx
as Lindsay Pierce
Marcei Brubaker
as Homeless Woman
Katie Findlay
as Stormer
Jackie Tohn
as Rebecca
as Pizazz
Alicia Keys
as Herself
Jason Kennedy
as Himself
Samantha Newark
as Hairstylist
Jackie Thon
as Rebecca
Ken Baker
as Donnie the Reporter
Britta Phillips
as Stage Manager
Ryan Hansen
as Stephen the Guard
as VJ
Chris Pratt
as Himself
Dwayne Johnson
as Himself
Jimmy Fallon
as Himself
Brendan Egan
as Young Boy
Wynter Perrineau
as young Shana
Jae Bireley
as Jem Fan Boy
Kristian Favors
as Jem Fan Boy
Jordan Morgan
as Roadie
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Critic Reviews for Jem and the Holograms

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (20)

Every line, every twist and every note of music feels painstakingly focus-grouped.

Full Review… | February 9, 2016
Time Out
Top Critic

For a movie about someone learning to come out of their shell, Jem and the Holograms is utterly confounding about what it even means to be authentic.

Full Review… | November 9, 2015
BuzzFeed News
Top Critic

As silly and sometimes nonsensical as it is, the movie is surprisingly sweet and well-intentioned.

Full Review… | October 24, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

What it lacks in humor it makes up for in sheer weirdness -- it's a master class in How Did This Get Made? It feels focus-grouped to within an inch of its life, but it's so strange that it's impossible to imagine what process led us here.

Full Review… | October 23, 2015
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Hardcore fans won't find much of the Jem they loved under the movie's achingly hip millennial trappings, while young newcomers will be left wondering what a robot has to do with a rock band.

Full Review… | October 23, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jem and the Holograms

It won't let me give this the zero it deserves!!! Never mind I was a fan of the original property, that has nothing to do with it. I'll also ignore the music, again that's not why this movie fails on every level. Let's start with the lack of any real acting talent. The performances are so wooden and stale the could've CG'ed the entire cast an no one would've noticed. Hell, the could've used marionettes and no one would've noticed. This enhanced by a plot that screams someone just read a synopsis of the Original property and wrote a script based on it. The dialogue is laughable when it's not down right infantile. It couldn't be anymore cliched or predictable. What could've been a fun energetic teen film about friendship and music quickly devolves into a painful to watch melodrama that seems better suited to be another film. That's what is wrong here, it seems like someone sold a script about a girl who's anonymous song blows up on youtube and she turns her back on family and long time friends in pursuit of success; only to be manipulated by an "evil" manager. Then the guy who bought said script changed the character names to match a Saturday morning cartoon from the 80's. This is easily one of the top three worst movies I've ever seen I my entire life, and I've seen 50 Shades Of Grey. Watching this film was a form of torture. I has no redeeming qualities, not even eye candy. Avoid like it's a Chernobyl reactor in meltdown.

corey may
corey may

Disappointed. Even the music was horrible.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Spectacularly awful, Jem and the Holograms is incredibly dumb and cheesy. The plot is ridiculously stupid in all kinds of ways. A young girl named Jerrica Benton becomes an overnight sensation after her sister posts a YouTube video of her singing, and before long she's offered a record contract and is swept up by the glamour and fame; and in the mist of it all, awkwardly thrown in, is a subplot about a robot left to Jerrica by her father that takes her on a scavenger hunt. The acting is abysmal, as the leads seem to be "playacting" their roles as sisters and rock stars. Additionally, the directing is terrible, constantly switching frame size and randomly interjected video messages from fans. However, surprisingly the music is fairly good for generic pop. A total mess from start to finish, Jem and the Holograms is mindless garbage.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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