Locke & Key

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Suspense abounds in creepy graphic novel adaptation.

Netflix Drama 2020

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 35 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 66 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 17+

Encourages Sexual Violence

Honestly, don't let your kids watch this unless you're willing to walk them through sexual violence. There's a scene where a woman asks to be choked during sex, then turns around to choke her sexual partner (who looks like a teenage boy, btw). He says no and stop. She continues to choke him until he dies. They are both in their underwear. Between this and the first episode where the teenage boy of the family is told that because he was traumatized he'll get a lot of sex, and then he DOES get offered sex; this is just a messed up thing to expose your kids to. The fact that it is rated for 14 + astounds me. Having 14 year olds watch this will just add to our society's messed up sexual expectations. Kids are more likely to be watching porn and engaging in sexual experiences at a young age. 12 year olds are dealing with sexting. Don't show this to 14 year olds as entertainment unless you are able to walk them through sexual violence and consent. Also, the writing is sub par. Just go watch something else, this isn't worth it.

This title has:

Too much violence
14 people found this helpful.
age 18+

the reviews leave out the snuff film seen. Verry inappropriate for children.

As an adult I enjoyed this show ... HOWEVER, I'm not sure why it's been missed in the content review, but there is basically a snuff film in the first episode. Dodge the main baddy gets released and goes on her crime spree (Steeling cloths and money, killing kids...). The review mentioned that she is in a bra asking a man to choke her, but leaves out the fact that they are clearly having sex at the time. Worse is that the review leaves out the rest of the seen where Dodge reverses positions so she is actively riding the man and says "my turn". At which point she proceeds to strangle him to death while he helplessly fights to get free. All while she rides him to a climax when he dies. There is no reason ANY child should be watching someone murdering a person while having sex with them, and clealy getting off by it. How this got a TV -14 rating with that in it is beyond me. You should NOT let your child watch this show.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
8 people found this helpful.

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