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First trailer for Jem and the Holograms, but is it truly outrageous?

05.12.2015

The thought of a live-action version of Jem and the Holograms felt like a bit of a joke back when it was announced; and now that Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS...well, I'll let you fill in the blanks. The film, which is based on the 1980s animated television series, stars Aubrey Peeples as Jem, Stefanie Scott as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko as Aja, and Aurora Perrineau as Shana. Check out the trailer below.

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS director Jon M. Chu spoke about the challenges of updating the 80's cartoon for the modern age:

How can you even have a secret identity with all this social media? […] But then it dawned on us: Wait, everybody has a secret identity. The idea of ‘Who are you really?’ is more relevant today than ever. It’s actually about a group of young people who are going to be inundated with this idea of fame and fortune and products and stuff, and within all that, how do you stay true to who you really are? That’s the real soul of the movie.

I'm not overly familiar with the 80's cartoon so I can't say how much has survived in this incarnation, but it feels like this reboot only exists to cash in on the PITCH PERFECT craze. That's how business works Kevin. Also released was a brand new poster for the film; needs more neon.

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS will be released on October 23, 2015.

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3:33PM on 05/13/2015

Why?

What's the point of taking something and changing everything about it? I just don't understand. I might have seen a loyal Jem movie (I'm dating myself, but I remember the cartoon and it had it's entertainment value), but I would never, ever watch this POS.
What's the point of taking something and changing everything about it? I just don't understand. I might have seen a loyal Jem movie (I'm dating myself, but I remember the cartoon and it had it's entertainment value), but I would never, ever watch this POS.
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12:45PM on 05/13/2015

Why bother seeing it?

I feel there is now no need to see this cliched looking movie, as the trailer gave everything away. Holding some plot details back is the way to get folks interested, not by showing your whole movie in a trailer.
I feel there is now no need to see this cliched looking movie, as the trailer gave everything away. Holding some plot details back is the way to get folks interested, not by showing your whole movie in a trailer.
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11:07AM on 05/13/2015

Movies about a fictional band must not...

... feature real-life songs in the trailer. If they think the original songs aren't good enough to sell the movie, then at least put instrumental music.

Because of the premise and characters' looks, this movie would've showed promise if it was tongue-in-cheek, but it looks like a serious attempt. It could still be good (nothing is set in stone), but it officially has no potential.
... feature real-life songs in the trailer. If they think the original songs aren't good enough to sell the movie, then at least put instrumental music.

Because of the premise and characters' looks, this movie would've showed promise if it was tongue-in-cheek, but it looks like a serious attempt. It could still be good (nothing is set in stone), but it officially has no potential.
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12:44AM on 05/13/2015
That was terrible! Nothing like the cartoon at all! Jem and the Holograms were rockers not fembot one direction clones! Jerrica owned starlight records and had an orphanage full of teen girls, not signed by it. Synergy was ultra high tech ai avatar not the nox chic from natural bornkillers! This looks a lot like the crappy Bratz flic from a few year ago all the same beats and cookie cutter bs, they get famous, they break up then get back together for a feel good ending concert after learning a
That was terrible! Nothing like the cartoon at all! Jem and the Holograms were rockers not fembot one direction clones! Jerrica owned starlight records and had an orphanage full of teen girls, not signed by it. Synergy was ultra high tech ai avatar not the nox chic from natural bornkillers! This looks a lot like the crappy Bratz flic from a few year ago all the same beats and cookie cutter bs, they get famous, they break up then get back together for a feel good ending concert after learning a sugary sweet life lesson about Fame, being true to yourself and being a family. Yawn.......
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12:42AM on 05/13/2015

I am disappoint.

Most everyone will say that I am extremely lenient with movies, and usually won't judge a movie by its trailer. But if the content of the trailer is actually the content of the movie, then I have never been so disappointed by a trailer in all my life. Granted, I've liked the costume design since I first saw it, but everything else is just terrible. Where do I start? The music is all wrong, and it looks like they're just tacking on every "music group movie" trope. No originality at all. And
Most everyone will say that I am extremely lenient with movies, and usually won't judge a movie by its trailer. But if the content of the trailer is actually the content of the movie, then I have never been so disappointed by a trailer in all my life. Granted, I've liked the costume design since I first saw it, but everything else is just terrible. Where do I start? The music is all wrong, and it looks like they're just tacking on every "music group movie" trope. No originality at all. And where's Syner-G? And the Misfits?
The other posters are right. This is what happens when you completely ignore the source material, Hollywood.
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11:52PM on 05/12/2015

So, uh, that has absolutely nothing to do with the source material.

Wow!
I am one of the loudest that screams when the source material has been altered for a Hollywood movie, but can get over it if the change works to one degree or another, and generally something substantial is left from the source to grasp onto. This, outside of the names used, has nothing from the source. What the hell was the point? Perhaps the Misfits were left for the actual movie and not the trailer. I heard her say Synergy in the trailer, but that wasn't the Synergy from the show, not
Wow!
I am one of the loudest that screams when the source material has been altered for a Hollywood movie, but can get over it if the change works to one degree or another, and generally something substantial is left from the source to grasp onto. This, outside of the names used, has nothing from the source. What the hell was the point? Perhaps the Misfits were left for the actual movie and not the trailer. I heard her say Synergy in the trailer, but that wasn't the Synergy from the show, not even a loose interpretation. What of the holograms she can project from her earring?

I didn't plan on seeing it anyway, as I only watched the cartoon since it come on within the same block as GI Joe, but it was shocking to see such a departure from what I was expecting.

Good old Hollywood. You never cease to amaze me.
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10:56PM on 05/12/2015

How the hell was this a cartoon?

nothing about this premise seemed "cartoony" to me. i don't even think girls are gonna be fired up to see this one
nothing about this premise seemed "cartoony" to me. i don't even think girls are gonna be fired up to see this one
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10:55PM on 05/12/2015

what in the holy f**k

i though jem was supposed to be outrageous, truly outrageous, not boring, average boring.
i though jem was supposed to be outrageous, truly outrageous, not boring, average boring.
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10:44PM on 05/12/2015
Garbage.... Remember the flop that was the god awful Josie & the pussycats? Not even tween girls saw that shit. Nobody will see this shit either. Tween girls have no idea who or what Jem & the holograms is. And if anyone has some decent taste they wouldn't shell out money for this crap with D list actors. That chick from that Nashville show who plays Jem sucks! Flat voice, can't act her way out of a wet paper bag.
Garbage.... Remember the flop that was the god awful Josie & the pussycats? Not even tween girls saw that shit. Nobody will see this shit either. Tween girls have no idea who or what Jem & the holograms is. And if anyone has some decent taste they wouldn't shell out money for this crap with D list actors. That chick from that Nashville show who plays Jem sucks! Flat voice, can't act her way out of a wet paper bag.
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10:16AM on 05/13/2015
Josie and the Pussycats was a pretty sly satire of the late 90's early 00's music scene and pop culture. Sadly most people didn't catch the joke right off, I know I didn't. I suggest watching it again through that lens, you might enjoy it.

Film School Rejects did a pretty good write up of it a few years ago. [link]">
Josie and the Pussycats was a pretty sly satire of the late 90's early 00's music scene and pop culture. Sadly most people didn't catch the joke right off, I know I didn't. I suggest watching it again through that lens, you might enjoy it.

Film School Rejects did a pretty good write up of it a few years ago. [link]
9:23PM on 05/12/2015
You know, had it not been titled as Jem and the Holograms, I'd still love this movie. But since it's called Jem and the Holograms, NO! It maybe too soon to judge this movie by the trailer but I already don't like this movie. It's not Jem. I did watch Jem as a kid with my sisters but this trailer doesn't represent what Jem was. And what about The Misfits, Jem's rival band? Either it didn't make it in the trailer or it's not in the movie altogether.
You know, had it not been titled as Jem and the Holograms, I'd still love this movie. But since it's called Jem and the Holograms, NO! It maybe too soon to judge this movie by the trailer but I already don't like this movie. It's not Jem. I did watch Jem as a kid with my sisters but this trailer doesn't represent what Jem was. And what about The Misfits, Jem's rival band? Either it didn't make it in the trailer or it's not in the movie altogether.
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9:06PM on 05/12/2015
What the hell? Are we still doing movies like this, doing the "plausible" spin when adapting stuff? This is outrageous, and this is coming from someone who doesn't care at all for the cartoon. I feel the pain of fans.

Looks like a joke trailer from collegehumor or something like that...
What the hell? Are we still doing movies like this, doing the "plausible" spin when adapting stuff? This is outrageous, and this is coming from someone who doesn't care at all for the cartoon. I feel the pain of fans.

Looks like a joke trailer from collegehumor or something like that...
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9:00PM on 05/12/2015
I think we just saw the whole movie in 2 mins.
I think we just saw the whole movie in 2 mins.
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8:50PM on 05/12/2015
This generic piece of shit, has nothing to do with Jem. All they did was keep the names and some of the signature colors. I hope this crap flops at the box office.
This generic piece of shit, has nothing to do with Jem. All they did was keep the names and some of the signature colors. I hope this crap flops at the box office.
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8:32PM on 05/12/2015

Not bad.

Not my bag. Definitely not Jem and the holigrams but I could see this being a pretty decent movie for young kids. Also, in the cartoon were the holigrams actual holigrams? I forget. Cuz if they were, the title doesn't really make much sense.
Not my bag. Definitely not Jem and the holigrams but I could see this being a pretty decent movie for young kids. Also, in the cartoon were the holigrams actual holigrams? I forget. Cuz if they were, the title doesn't really make much sense.
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10:46PM on 05/12/2015
Not bad? You must be easy to please... That looked like hot garbage.
Not bad? You must be easy to please... That looked like hot garbage.
10:54PM on 05/12/2015
I said it wasn't for me but its for a younger audience. I've seen much worse for come out targeted at them. Everyone on here is so quick to make snide comments on something that is clearly geared towards a group of people who will most likely enjoy it. I don't think it looks bad. I'm not interested in seeing it. And I've seen a HELL of s lot worse.
I said it wasn't for me but its for a younger audience. I've seen much worse for come out targeted at them. Everyone on here is so quick to make snide comments on something that is clearly geared towards a group of people who will most likely enjoy it. I don't think it looks bad. I'm not interested in seeing it. And I've seen a HELL of s lot worse.
8:21PM on 05/12/2015
Being a fan of the show as a youth, my wife just watched the trailer and her first reaction was "what is that crap? Whatever it is, It's not Jem." While I didn't watch the show myself (it served as the 30 minute break between Transformers and Silverhawks), I remember enough about it to concur...Should be called "Cash Cow".
Being a fan of the show as a youth, my wife just watched the trailer and her first reaction was "what is that crap? Whatever it is, It's not Jem." While I didn't watch the show myself (it served as the 30 minute break between Transformers and Silverhawks), I remember enough about it to concur...Should be called "Cash Cow".
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9:25PM on 05/12/2015
I second your wife's opinion because that's my thought exactly - What is that crap??? It really wasn't Jem that I watched as kid as well.
I second your wife's opinion because that's my thought exactly - What is that crap??? It really wasn't Jem that I watched as kid as well.
8:18PM on 05/12/2015

This looks fucking stupid

But then again, I'm not a 13 year old girl. Millions of whom will probably make this a huge hit.
But then again, I'm not a 13 year old girl. Millions of whom will probably make this a huge hit.
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