(2015) (Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A teenage singer-songwriter must contend with becoming an Internet sensation and then an increasingly famous pop star.
- Following the death of their inventor father a decade ago, teenager Jerrica (AUBREY PEEPLES) and her younger sister, Kimber (STEFANIE SCOTT), have been living in middle California with their Aunt Bailey (MOLLY RINGWALD) and her two foster daughters, Shana (AURORA PERRINEAU) and Aja (HAYLEY KIYOKO). While they occasionally have their squabbles, they're otherwise a close-knit quartet of siblings who always make peace by singing in harmony.
When Jerrica learns that her aunt's struggling business means they'll likely lose their home in thirty days, the shy singer-songwriter makes a video of herself performing a solo version of one of her songs. With little self-confidence, she changes her mind and thinks she's deleted the video, but Kimber finds it, uploads it as being done by "Jem," and it becomes an overnight Internet sensation. It becomes so popular that Starlight Music CEO Erica Raymond (JULIETTE LEWIS) comes knocking, wanting to sign Jerrica to an exclusive deal.
The teen agrees, but only if her sisters can join her. Erica agrees and then has her driver, Zipper (NATHAN MOORE), deliver the teens -- and Jerrica's father's never finished small robot invention -- to Los Angeles where she proceeds to give them a visual makeover and prep them for three pop-up concerts. Tasked with being their chaperone is Erica's young adult son, Rio (RYAN GUZMAN), an aspiring singer himself who she wants to groom to run the business one day.
He and Jerrica clash, but in a flirty way, all while the singer's fame grows even more, so much so that Erica wants her to sign a contract to be a solo act and thus jettison her sisters. With her aunt's house on the line, Jerrica must decide what to do and figure out who she really is.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Young girls and tweens could be drawn to the girl band story and characters.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For thematic material including reckless behavior, brief suggestive content and some language.