Movie Review: Jem and the Holograms ****

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Jem and the Holograms is a movie from last year that is now playing on HBO. The cartoon character from the 1980s is a real girl. Jem and her sister are orphaned when their geek dad dies. They move in with their cousins and spend time singing and playing musical instruments together while this extended family struggles to survive. Jem’s cousin secretly takes a video of her performing an original song. Unbeknownst to Jem, the video goes viral. Nobody takes credit for the hit, until a shady promoter finds her and signs her to a contract and plans a big opening mystery tour. Scheduled appearances around L.A. create a buzz that young people want to see who the mystery performer is, while Jem looks for messages her dad has hidden all around town. The girl group breaks up, and everything seems to be falling apart until a final dramatic ending.

This movie was rated as one of the biggest movie flops of 2015. They averaged just 14 people per screen during their widely distributed opening week. This movie was aimed at the pre-teen/early teen demographic–they didn’t respond, even though the story is good, the fashions are fun, and the soundtrack is excellent. There is a sidekick robot that is pretty goofy, but was necessary to tell the story, so I was OK with it. There are several cameo appearances that I enjoyed very much. There are bonus scenes after the credits that are worth watching and let us know that there could be a sequel. The story is very predictable, the acting is just alright, the casting was just alright. I still liked the movie enough to give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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