It's Getting Closer to Showtime for 'Jem and the Holograms' -- Take a Look (VIDEO)

Fans of the '80s cartoon Jem have been sitting on their fingers to learn more about the upcoming motion picture -- and whether or not it will hold up to their standards. You'll have to come to your own conclusions, but for now, you can check out a new trailer of Jem and the Holograms that just might provide the missing pieces you need.


Now before you rush off to dig up that big pink wig, it's important to note that Jem and the Holograms does not follow the cartoon -- at least not in the way you might think.

For starters, Jerrica Benton is still Jem, but a teenage girl from a small town who becomes an overnight Internet sensation. She doesn't own Starlight Music (Juliette Lewis works at Starlight Enterprises and tries to get the young singer to sign with her company), or have a computer that projects a hologram over herself (her dad did leave a gadget that shares videos of them together).

Jerrica does have a sister named Kimber (yay, she was my favorite), and friends Shana and Aja who are now foster kids to her aunt Bailey (Molly Ringwald). No word if The Misfits or The Stingers are in the movie.

Take a look at the new trailer:

As you can see, Jem and the Holograms is very different from the once '80s cartoon -- and some might be OK with that. Obviously original fans are no longer young (although perhaps at heart), which means they need to cater to a new audience. While some might have issues with the movie in its entirety, at least they're choosing to focus on things like aspirations, following your heart, and family bonds.

It's important to point out that Jem and the Holograms is meant to be a prequel to the Jem story.

Director Jon M. Chu hopes folks will give Jem and the Holograms a chance. Wanting to make the story more relatable to today, he chose to focus on more pressing issues -- instead of a rock star who tries to keep her identity secret. "These characters are real people who are dealing with real issues that young people deal with all the time now," Chu tells E!

I can't tell you what to do with your money, or whether or not this film will be worth watching. It's up to you to make that choice (I'm kind of excited to see Molly Ringwald). Those who are looking for something fun to see -- maybe with their teens -- might want to consider Jem and the Holograms. At the very least, it will add a little sparkle to your life.

Images via Universal Pictures

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