It is weird to have a girl band trying to become rock stars and on their spare time follow an R2-D2 wannabe, although it resulted in some impressive special effects. Add in that Jem (Aubrey Peeples) is trying to save her Aunt Bailey (Molly Ringwald) from getting evicted, there is a lot of issues going on that some important aspects are ignored. Jem suffers from a lack of confidence even though her three sisters try their best for her to break out of her shell. Hiding in YouTube allowed her to create a secret identity that suddenly became a fad.
Forget the confidence issues there are problems to deal with.
She clearly at first sight falls in love with Rio (Ryan Guzman) who is the son of her boss Erica Raymond (Juliette Lewis). Guzman, whom appeared as a psychopathic rapist murderer in his last movie, trying to get with a young girl feels unsettling regardless of his laughable fake singing.
Erica only wants Jem as a single act if Jem wants to get paid early to save her aunt forcing Jem to break up the group. Thanks to an homage to Star Wars with the robot Jem gets her dad’s secret and now has to try and fix everything.
Songs for the movie can easily become featured radio play. “Way I Was” should become highly popular. More than the movie.
For fans of the cartoon, it is a treat to see the characters rebooted. The trials of a girl band trying to become famous is lost in the oddly placed science fiction. It felt like the producers needed more to make this interesting. Still a tough sell because on paper its sold as another Just Bring It or Pitch Perfect.