An Idiot Abroad

TV review by Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Uncomfortable cultural encounters show how NOT to behave.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 16+

First episode funny but then bottomed out

I live overseas and love travelling; I also know personally how we can react to "strange" things in other cultures. The first episode had me laughing until I cried a couple of times, as the main guy actually said things that I might think but wouldn't dare say! I was hooked! Until I watched the 2nd episode; my husband and I were very disappointed. Significantly more cussing and it just wasn't funny, really at all, to us. Tried again with the Ep. 3, thinking maybe Ep. 2 was a fluke. Nope. Again, not impressed. It seemed that in Ep. 2, Ricky Gervais (British "The Office"), who sent this man out traveling, became harsher, ruder and almost malicious towards him, wanting very much to make this tourist miserable...thinking it was funny. But it made me not like him at all and I didn't think it was funny. The guy touring handled it all with a sigh and grace but it just removed the light-hearted humor for me. Also the it seemed that the show lost a perspective of respect towards the other cultures - I know that's not the point of the show, but there seemed to be a shift. And as I said, they took it up a level in the allowed-cussing, so the show became more offensive to me and far from funny. I was very disappointed as I would have enjoyed the cross-cultural exposure and humor like in the first episode. But nope; we gave it up.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 13+

Fine for anyone age 14 or older.

Ridiculously funny. This is seriously one of the absolutely best things I have ever watched.

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