Blue Mountain State

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Raunchy, unoriginal comedy mixes football, drinking, sex.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series glorifies the joys of a lifestyle centered around drinking and partying. One character explains that his goal is “to get drunk and laid as often as possible.”

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show focuses on the antics of football players at a college that treats them like gods who can get away with almost anything. They view women as playthings, studying is optional, partying and football are the only things that matter, and their coach makes it clear that losing isn't an option.

Violence

There are some heavy-duty hits on the football field -- and a few scenes feature hazing, intimidation, and trash-talking -- but there's little actual fighting.

Sex

Extremely racy. Guys talk graphically about having sex, and many scenes suggest people engaged in masturbation, threesomes, casual sex, and more. There's some partial nudity (bare buttocks, topless women seen from behind, etc.), several scenes with girls in their underwear, and some scenes showing people entwined; though no genitalia is visible, the images are quite suggestive. Sex is treated as casual recreation. One key character has a long-term girlfriend who takes delight in denying him sex; he's derided for sticking with her instead of breaking up to pursue football groupies. Some hazing scenes feature naked men, in the shower room or in jockstraps, with their backsides clearly visible.

Language

Nearly every scene features swearing, including “s--t,” “d-ck,” “p---y,” “bitch,” “tits,” and more.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several scenes show people drinking excessively at wild college parties; some characters also take drugs, including cocaine and pot.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this raunchy comedy about a college football team follows the Animal House model, in which the "educational experience" seems to center on getting drunk and having sex. The athletes at the center of the series can do no wrong; they trade on their celebrity to engage in casual sex and spend most of their time partying instead of studying. Expect plenty of sex, drinking, drugs, and swearing (including "s--t"). Teens may find the show entertaining, but they won't get anything positive out of watching, and they'll almost certainly take away the wrong idea about university life.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 year old Written bygggh February 17, 2011
Adult Written bylolcatz2121 December 12, 2011

Its not a kids show retard.

Whoever wrote this must be an idiot because its not a show designed for kids to watch. Its hilarious by the way.
Teen, 16 years old Written byWhatTeensThink November 11, 2013

BEST SHOW EVER! PLEASE MAKE ANOTHER SEASON

This show sends out a message saying when you're in high school and college and etc just continue to have fun, don't let other people judge you. When... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bycelllrocks2 February 9, 2011

Great for Teenagers

Really funny, messages are no worse tham you'll see at school. Recomended

What's the story?

Being a top football player at BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE must be great fun. You never need to go to class, there’s always a raging party, and women are constantly throwing themselves at you. At least that’s the way it seems in this raunchy comedy that focuses on incoming backup quarterback Alex (Darin Brooks), top-rated freshman sensation Craig (Sam Jones), and Thad (Alan Ritchson), the team captain who lives to haze the team’s newbies. Alex’s educational goal is to get drunk and have sex as often as possible. Craig is a bit more focused on his gridiron career, mainly because of his controlling girlfriend, who’s planned out their entire future together and looks down on any off-field activities that might distract him – especially parties and scantily clad football groupies.

Is it any good?

The problem with trying to follow the Animal House model is that it’s hard to be original. Raging parties? Check. Sex? Oh, yes. Madcap drunken antics? Definitely. Monomaniacal coach? Yep, seen that before, too. Sure, these ingredients are good fodder for humor, but we’ve seen it all so many times before that alone, they no longer make for laughs.

Blue Mountain State is crude and juvenile, but that isn’t always a bad thing (The Hangover, anyone?). The show’s biggest problem is that it’s just so derivative. The lack of honest laughs is a direct result of a script that lacks originality.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about college. How does the university lifestyle here compare to other movies and TV shows? Does it seem realistic? Would you want to go to a school were football and parties are more important than classes?

  • What are the real-life consequences of behavior like that showcased in this series, including drinking and casual sex?

  • Do you think star athletes at big sports schools are really treated like celebrities? How do you think that affects the way they learn to view the world? Do they end up with a sense of entitlement?

TV details

For kids who love football

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