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Parents' Guide to

Jem and the Holograms

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Strong messages can't save otherwise so-so adaptation.

Movie PG 2015 118 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 12+


I am really frustrated after watching this movie with my two daughters (7 and 10). I am frustrated with the movie, but MOSTLY with this common sense review. It does not list in the "language" section that the word "bad@$$" is used frequently in the movie. That's rather relevant information that was left out! I usually preview movies, but this sounded safe enough. I don't know if I can trust this website anymore. The movie had quite a bit of language. My girls loved the catchy music and the messages about family, but I was really disappointed that I was blindsided by the content. Thanks for nothing, common sense media!

This title has:

Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 17+

Don't Bother

As a fan... characters and their roles are completely altered. The only black girl in the original tv series is cast as a girl who's race is unidentifiable and therefore not obviously African American, which was important to black girls growing up watching Jem in the 80's. It was one of the features that stirred my interest in the show. I felt proud to see a girl that looked like me represented in American culture. Unlike the message the movie tried to convey, it seemed the film was too afraid to just be itself, and took the less threatening route of casting a girl that appeared to be in between white and non- white? Overall, the message was to venture out, be true to yourself and your dreams, and the girls in Jem's band were portrayed innocently, mostly, and with good hearts and intentions. Some sexual overtones, and adult language or behaviours

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (10 ):

This adaptation of the popular '80s animated series will likely entertain preteen girls, but Gen-Xers who grew up watching the show will find only a few fleeting tributes to the hit cartoon. Some changes are understandable, but the Jerrica-to-Jem transformation is more Hannah Montana-meets-Justin Bieber-style viral YouTube sensation than anything that resembles the spirit of the TV series. But maybe that's not surprising, given the fact that the movie's director is Jon M. Chu (who directed two Bieber documentaries), and his fellow producer is Bieber's own manager/BFF, Scooter Braun.

On the bright side, the musical performances are strong thanks to Peeples' talent (she also co-stars on Nashville). The songs are catchy girl-empowerment anthems that seem like plausible Katy Perry or Taylor Swift-style hits. And Lewis' egomaniacal record producer is hilariously shallow; the actor obviously relishes playing a Machiavellian executive. The sisters don't have much to do except look pretty and act supportive or surprised, while -- as the obvious love interest -- Guzman (last seen as JLo's young lover-turned-stalker in The Boy Next Door) is attractive in a way that's not too intense for the not-quite-teen set. Oh, and original Jem devotees should stick around through the end credits for a "reward" scene that's obviously just for fans of the cartoon.

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