A Lot or a Little?
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Castro's comedy explores tricky topics like stereotypes, gender roles, politics, and racism. They often circle around heavy subjects, but the humor makes the points land lightly, and the show may encourage viewers to consider more carefully about how they think about and treat other people.
Positive Role Models
As a Latinx man who doesn't conform to stereotypes yet exists in a world in which he's expected to, Castro has a unique comic viewpoint and casts light on many aspects of being a man of Latin descent in America. Castro's cast is diverse in terms of race and ethnicity, but the majority of actors are in their 20s and 30s.
Violence & Scariness
Some sketches use cartoonish or comic violence to make a point, like one in which two men have a fake standoff to impress a woman and one slaps another at his urging, or a sketch that targets ICE and shows injured immigrant children, and a roomful of detainees who appear unconscious and lie still on the ground.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sketches revolve around romance and sex, like a parody of a home buyers' show which states that one of its participants takes "work trips that are bisexual vacations." In another sketch, a woman says "Let's get out of here" and kisses a man in the taxi as they travel back to his house, presumably for sex.
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Language and cursing includes "s--t," "hell," "a--hole." Words like "f--k" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine and beer in some sketches; no one acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alternativo with Arturo Castro is a sketch show starring comic and actor Arturo Castro and presents comedy from the point of view of a millennial Latinx man. As is typical of a sketch comedy show, humor may touch upon or concentrate on sensitive topics such as race, ethnicity, religion, politics, and gender; the humor is generally lighthearted but makes serious points that could encourage deeper thought and conversation. Mature material in Castro's sketches includes one in which a woman is aroused by stereotypes of Latin men and a promotional video for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that shows children being imprisoned and unconscious on a floor. Language is infrequent; expect to hear "s--t," "hell," and "a--hole," while words like "f--k," and "motherf--ker" are bleeped. Adults drink in some sketches, but no one acts drunk.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of Narcos and Broad City have known for some time that Arturo Castro is outrageously lovable, but it may come as a surprise that he also has a sharp, sly comic sensibility. Alternativo with Arturo Castro could have skewed shrill, or preachy, or esoteric. But as Castro cycles through a delightful variety of characters from telenovela stars to Che Guevera to a father with traditional values trying to give the sex talk, he nimbly captures both the indignities of living within a marginalized culture in America, and the absurdity of being a thinking human in the world at all. Castro's sketches are rich, and inspired -- a faux "Visit Guatemala" travel ad is an early highlight, but the interlinked segments when he plays himself are even better. As he riffs on his own life, we're treated to ridiculous scenarios such as a party in which every guest attempts to turn the conversation to Latinx topics, and a look at two dates with a woman who has a "thing" for Latinx men. There will be many newly minted Castro fans after word about this show gets out.
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