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Jem and the Holograms [2015] [PG] - 3.2.2



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Based on the 1980s cartoon series: shy teenager Jem (Aubrey Peeples) writes music and starts a rock band to sing with her crew (Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau and Hayley Kiyoki). Under the guidance of a new music producer (Ryan Guzman) the band becomes world famous and inspires thousands of people. Also with Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald, Nathan Moore, Barnaby Carpenter and Nicholas Braun. Directed by Jon M. Chu. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man appears shirtless and wearing a long white towel after a shower, when a young woman enters his room and then turns away to avoid looking at him (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back); he says he will dress and enters the bathroom, but the young woman watches him in a full-length mirror as he zips the fly of his pants and puts on a T-shirt. A woman forces a young woman singer to wear a floor-length white dress that is semi-translucent on stage (we see a suggestion of flesh at the middle back) while behind her two women dance while wearing tight leotards. Four teenage girls try on rock band outfits, including one short skirt. A man appears shirtless (we see his bare chest and abdomen). A teen girl wearing a short black skirt sits on steps (we see a small portion of the bottom of one buttock briefly). Four teen girls each wear a crop top that reveals a narrow width of abdomen. A woman wears leather short-shorts with high heels. A woman wears tight leggings with high heels. A college-aged girl sits close to her computer camera and records a message while she wears a deeply scoop-necked T-shirt that reveals moderate cleavage. Several teen girls wear scoop neck tops that reveal a little cleavage. One teen girl wears a sleeveless shirt so loose that the sides of her bra show through the armholes. In an outdoor scene, two teen girls wear bikinis and we see the partially revealed bottom of buttocks as they run past the camera. A teen girl wears loose denim shorts that bare part of her midriff.
 A woman runs into a man's arms; they embrace, kiss for several seconds and then dance.
 A famous male movie star says he dated a popular female teen singer for six months (he did not).

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman sends an email to a teen girl that includes a large emoji of a smiling pile of defecation. In a news conference, a woman is rude to reporters, pointing out appearance flaws like baldness, less than perfect hair, and fake jewels. A woman objects to her adult son having a meal with an 18-year-old girl singer, threatens to fire him from the family music business, and tells him to stay away from the girl. A woman threatens to fire a girl unless she signs a long-term contract as a solo act, without her band; she signs and when the band finds out they become angry and storm out as the solo girl cries briefly. Four teen girls in one family argue several times about singing and working in the music industry; they raise their voices and sound angry. A teen girl becomes upset about finding that her sister posted a video online of her singing a song about being alone and the video went viral; the singer complains, but decides the viral video may bring all the girls work offers. Three teen girls reject their lead singer in anger, and she cries briefly. A teen girl talks to another girl, telling her that she was a jerk, but still family. When a woman finds her safe in her office open, she rushes to a concert venue where her son sternly tells her that he is taking over the business and he has two bodyguards forcibly remove his mother from the building as she whines.
 A teen girl places a glowing earring into a small robot, which shudders and beeps, then produces a large hologram of her dead father that gives her advice; he and she both become tearful. After a concert, a teen girl sweeps all the makeup off the top of her vanity counter backstage and onto the floor in a silent scene.
 We hear that a single father passed away from an unnamed illness while his two daughters were grade-school age; the girls go to live with their single aunt and her two young foster daughters, but when the four girls are ages 17 and 18, the woman loses her business and hears from the bank that she will lose their house in one week; the oldest girl becomes tearful as she discusses money problems with her. The leader of a band says her band will destroy a teen girl's band as they walk into a semi-truck trailer containing their gear and the scene ends. YouTube messages from teens as well as older men and women to a band tell the band how their music helped them through bad times like divorce, bullying and other challenges. A teen girl signs an autograph for a security guard who says his daughter would kill him if he did not get an autograph.
 Four teen girls sneak out of their suite in a mansion at night, steal car keys and drive to a pier with a small robot in a bag and the robot shows them where to find large metal cylinders for visitors to hear musical notes inside them, and then reveals a video cartridge that when played shows one girl's deceased father and maps; the police arrive and the girls along with a man dive into water and swim away below the surface before the shouting officers can get to them. A man steals his mother's car and drives four teenage girls to his family's music studio at night where one girl gets out of the trunk and helps him break into a safe inside the building.

PROFANITY 2 - 4 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 1 devil's horns rock-and-roll hand gesture, name-calling (crazy, insane, weird, weirdest, mess, hoarder, pushy, jerk, sexist, stupid kids, small town wannabe, no-talent pop tarts, dismal mediocrity, Little Miss Pink Sing along), exclamations (I could have sworn, oh my gosh, shut-up, shut your mouths), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Thank God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A chaperone on a concert tour tells four teenage girls that they are not to smoke or drink and they never do so, and a man on a YouTube video says he likes to have a glass of wine and listen to the music of a female teen singer.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Finding one's identity, working in the music industry, greed, betrayal, family, friendship, love, loss, grief, communication, reconciliation, independence, inspiration.

MESSAGE - Find your identity, be your best self and inspire others.

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P2 - MPAAPG

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