“Holly on Hollywood”
by Holly McClure
“Jem and the Holograms” was supposed to be a take-off of the Hasbro 1980’s cartoon about Jem and her friends who are rock stars and crime fighters…but it’s not. Instead, it’s a weird, screen adaptation of a cheap TV cartoon about a small-town, shy girl (Aubrey Peeples), who loves to sing. When her social media-savvy sister posts a video of her singing, she (along with her sisters) become instantaneous pop sensations and are thrust into the spot light of fame, guided by their aunt (Molly Ringwald) and greedy producer (Juliett Lewis).
The PG rating is for reckless behavior, brief suggestive content and mild language. Jem was made to appeal to the pre-existing TV fans and to empower young girls but that message is lost in a poorly written and directed movie. Important lessons about life are supposed to be learned when the stereotype characters find their voice and create their own destiny but the movie musical ends up being more of a YouTube movie, with a focus on social media and what it can do for young talent. It almost penalizes the young girls for wanting and achieving success and power. Jem had one of the worst opening weekends in box office history so think twice before investing your time and money in this gem!
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!