‘Jem’ updates the cartoon series, for better or worse (Our grade: C)

Stefanie Scott, Aubrey Peeples, Hayley Kiyoko and Aurora Perrineau in "Jem and the Holograms." (Justina Mintz/Universal Pictures)

Stefanie Scott, Aubrey Peeples, Hayley Kiyoko and Aurora Perrineau in “Jem and the Holograms.” (Justina Mintz/Universal Pictures)

Katie Walsh – Tribune News Service

The beloved 1980s cartoon series “Jem and the Holograms” gets a millennial makeover in the live-action film of the same name. Director Jon M. Chu, of several “Step Up” installments, as well as the “G.I. Joe” franchise, adapts the kooky cartoon about a girl band with special futuristic powers to the YouTube generation, where anyone can be a star.

With a strong self-empowerment message, “Jem and the Holograms” shoots squarely for a tween audience, as well as those older fans who have nostalgia for the cartoon of their childhoods.

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