The J Team
Official release poster
Directed byMichael Lembeck
Written byEydie Faye
Produced by
  • JoJo Siwa
  • Eydie Faye
  • Ronald "Ron" Fench
  • Donald "Don" Dunn
  • Syrinthia Studer
Starring
  • JoJo Siwa
  • Tisha Campbell
  • Laura Soltis
  • Julia Marley
  • Kerrynton Jones
  • Kiara T. Romero
  • Alaysia Jackson
CinematographyThomas M. Harting
Edited byTod Modisett
Music byGabriel Mann
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 3, 2021 (2021-09-03) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The J Team[1][2] is a 2021 American family musical drama film directed by Michael Lembeck, executive-produced by JoJo Siwa and produced by Nickelodeon Movies which debuted as an original film on Paramount+ on September 3, 2021.

Premise

JoJo Siwa is part of a dance troupe that was run by Val (Laura Soltis). When Val retires, she is replaced by the strict Coach Poppy (Tisha Campbell) who brings about harsh rules and kicks JoJo out of her troupe after she fails to live up to her expectations. While rediscovering dancing and friendship, JoJo meets other dancers as they form a dance troupe called the J Team.

Cast

Production

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In February 2020, it was reported that a JoJo Siwa film project was in the works at Nickelodeon.[5] In February 2021, Siwa announced on The Tonight Show that title of the project was The J Team, and that she was to star and produce the film. It was also announced that an original soundtrack, including six songs written by Siwa, would be released alongside the film, and that filming would begin that month, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

Soundtrack

The J Team (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedAugust 27, 2021
Recorded2020
GenrePop, Dance-pop
Length24:57
LabelViacom International
ProducerMatthew Tishler

The eponymous soundtrack album of the film was released by Viacom International on 27 August 2021.[6] A music video for one of its singles, "Dance Through the Day" on 6 August 2021,[7] including behind-the-scenes footage from the film.

All songs are produced by Matthew Tishler and performed by JoJo Siwa.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dance Through the Day"Andrew Underberg, Jeannie Lurie, JoJo Siwa, Matthew Tishler2:35
2."One Chance"Gus Ross, Luke Eisner, Underberg, Siwa, Tishler2:26
3."Only Getting Better" (J Team Edition)Underberg, Lurie, Siwa, Tishler2:24
4."Outta the Park"Underberg, Lurie, Siwa, Tishler2:15
5."U-N-I"Underberg, Lurie, Siwa, Tishler2:27
6."Back To That Girl"Underberg, Lurie, Siwa, Tishler2:48
7."Nobody Can Change Me!"Underberg, Ross, Lurie, Siwa, Eisner, Tishler3:37
8."D.R.E.A.M" (J Team Edition)Ali Dee Theodore, Anthony Mirabella, Doug Davis, James Keith Petrie, Jodie Shihadeh, Nikki Ann Sorentino, Susan Paroff, Siwa2:42
9."Nobody Can Change Me!" (J Team Movie Version)Underberg, Ross, Lurie, Siwa, Eisner, Tishler3:39

Performance controversy

A week after the film's debut on September 15, Siwa called out Nickelodeon on social media for preventing her from performing any songs from the film on the 2022 edition of her D.R.E.A.M. Tour, claiming that she is "treated as only a brand" by the company.[8] The situation has been described as similar to that of Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, all of whom were signed to a major children's television network at a young age.[9]

Release

A one-minute trailer for the film was released on July 27, 2021.[10] A drive-in premiere screening of the film was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on September 3, 2021, releasing exclusively on Paramount+ the same day.[11] The movie aired on Nickelodeon on November 7, 2021, as well as on the Nickelodeon and TeenNick. The film was also released on DVD on July 12, 2022[12] Also the film had its television premiere on Nickelodeon across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In February 2023, the film was silently removed from Paramount+.

References

  1. ^ a b Petski, Denise (4 February 2021). "JoJo Siwa to Star & Exec Produce Nickelodeon Live-Action Musical 'The J Team'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 16 September 2021. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Paramount+ Announces 'The J Team,' a New Live-Action Musical Starring Pop Star and Social Media Sensation JoJo Siwa, to Premiere September 3". CBS Press Releases (Press release). Paramount+. 12 July 2021. Retrieved 5 September 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
  3. ^ Hailu, Selome (August 26, 2021). "JoJo Siwa on Portraying Herself in 'The J Team,' Wanting to Play Lady Gaga in a Biopic". Variety. Archived from the original on September 5, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  4. ^ Drysdale, Jennifer (August 30, 2021). "JoJo Siwa on 'The J Team' Being Her 'First Big Project' as an Adult (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Archived from the original on September 5, 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Chmielewski, Dawn (24 February 2020). "Baby Shark And 'Chicken Girl' Enter Ryan's World As Nickelodeon Bids For Social Media Lift". Forbes. Archived from the original on 13 September 2021. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  6. ^ "The J Team (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Apple Music. 27 August 2021. Archived from the original on 5 September 2021. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  7. ^ JoJo Siwa [@itsjojosiwa] (8 August 2021). "'DANCE THROUGH THE DAY' FROM 'THE J TEAM'!!! Watch the BTS music video right now!!! Link in my bio🌈🌈🌈". Retrieved September 5, 2021 – via Instagram.
  8. ^ Tenbarge, Kat. "JoJo Siwa put Nickelodeon on blast, saying the company won't let her perform new music and doesn't treat her like a 'human being'". Insider. Archived from the original on 3 August 2023. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  9. ^ "JoJo Siwa Says Nickelodeon Sees Her "Only as a Brand" Ahead Of U.S. Tour". Vanity Fair. 2021-09-15. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  10. ^ Daw, Stephen (July 27, 2021). "JoJo Siwa Breaks Out the Bows in New Trailer For 'The J Team:' Watch". Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  11. ^ "JoJo Siwa Makes Red Carpet Debut with Girlfriend Kylie Prew at The J Team Premiere". news.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 2023-08-03. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  12. ^ The J Team, archived from the original on 2023-08-03, retrieved 2022-07-12