Jem and the Holograms

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

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

PG 2015 118 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 10 reviews

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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
age 12+

Doesn't compare to the original

I loved the cartoon Jem and the Holograms. This is nothing like the cartoon, just a sad empty shadow of the original.

This title has:

Too much consumerism

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