Parents' Guide to

American Body Shop

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Garage-set reality parody veers into iffy humor.

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Jokes consistently aim to push the envelope, with race, disability, and gender all targets of outrageous humor. Expect impressions of disabled folks, phrases like "towel-head," and exhortations to "speak American," as well as a detailed explanation of "re-hymenization." What makes these iffy jokes easier to laugh at is the fact that the characters are all such obvious fools.

American Body Shop falls into an uncomfortable middle ground: It's not really a good fit content-wise for younger viewers -- they might have difficulty making the distinction between parody and prejudice. And adult watchers whose sensibilities tend away from pratfall and bathroom humor might not find it all that appealing, either. That said, there are occasional gems amid the murky comedy for those willing to endure the rest.

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