May 13, 2015


The New 'Jem and The Holograms' Movie Isn't Really About the '80s Show

Children of the '80s rejoiced when news came that Jem and the Holograms would be remade into a modern-day Hollywood flick. The animated series—currently streaming on Netflix; queue it up if you're looking for fun, mindless TV to binge-watch!—told the story of Jerrica Benton. The actions kicks off when the record label heir is given a magical holographic computer that turns her and her friends into a superstar alter-ego pop group called Jem and The Holograms.

In the new movie's trailer, premiered by BuzzFeed, Jerrica (played by Aubrey Peeples) is a reclusive teen with a love for songwriting. She secretly records herself performing in identify-blurring wigs and makeup. Her sister, Kimber, uploads a video to YouTube and it blows up the internet, prompting the girls to create a costume-clad act with their cousins. Naturally, the biggest label in the world comes knocking. Troubles ensue when the execs want Jem to be a solo act, causing the frontwoman to struggle with hiding her identity beneath the makeup and wigs.

Needless to say, Jem and the Holograms are looking like a very different group in 2015.

The character names seem to have remained the same (though Jem's main villain, Eric Raymond, is now Erica Raymond) as have the original's kitschy looks and Jem's pressure to become a solo act, but everything else is virtually gone. At one point, Jem even says her character's classic line—"Showtime, Synergy!"—which makes absolutely no sense given that Synergy was a computer program in the original. Who is she talking to now?

The premise of the new movie is very relevant to today and is somewhat reminiscent of Justin Bieber's rise to fame—which adds up, given his manager, Scooter Braun, is a producer on the film. But why are we calling this Jem and the Holograms, then? The name plays off the nostalgia of a beloved show, but when you completely change its premise, what's the point?

We're taking new title suggestions now. We think Stacie and the Daisies has a nice ring to it.