A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Addresses how poverty can be inescapable no matter how hard people work, and how it's a reason why many enter the drug trade. Family, greed, loyalty, and parenthood are all themes.
Positive Role Models
Charles and Lucille Flenory are hard-working, religious, and well-meaning parents who refuse to be a part of, or accept financial help from, their son's activities. Both Demetrius and Terry love their parents, but do not want to be trapped in a cycle of working hard for little money. Terry finishes high school, despite being a single father and drug dealer.
The series centers on members of the the Black community, and features a Black cast, most of whom are poor, or are drug traffickers at various levels of the business. Popular Black hip-hop artists are also featured.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns are visible. People are shown being threatened, beaten, and shot (gruesome bloody wounds are visible).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are scenes featuring simulated sexual acts, and nudity is visible. Words like "p---y" are audible. Having children as teenagers is a theme.
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Words like "hell," "damn," "bitch," etc. are common, but the use of curse words like "s--t" and "f--k" is continuous. The "N" word is used frequently, too. Rude gestures are also visible.
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Products & Purchases
Car makes like Mercedes-Benz, Buick, and others visible. Popular music, particularly hip-hop music, is also audible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cocaine is shown being cut, measured, cooked, and sold. Drinking, and cigarette and pot smoking, is also visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that BMF (which stands for Black Mafia Family) is a dramatic reinterpretation of the lives of two young brothers who built a drug trafficking empire, and their business associations with the hip-hop entertainment community. Cocaine is shown being processed and distributed, and the violence associated with the trade, including physical assaults, shootings, and bloody wounds, is visible. There's also endless cursing, simulated sex acts, nudity, and drinking. Logos for cars like Mercedes-Benz and other luxury brands are visible, but in a historical context. Popular music of the time is also audible.
Is It Any Good?
The fictionalized series chronicles the lives of the infamous Flenory brothers, who are known today for their successful drug empire, and for their influence on popular hip-hop culture. BMF contextualizes their actions as the result of living in poverty, and the inability of their honest parents to overcome financial hardship no matter how hard they worked thanks to an inescapable system of socioeconomic disparity. Meanwhile, thanks to Demetrius' entry into the entertainment industry, the promotion of artists like Young Jeezy, and lavish, over-the-top parties, Black Mafia Family has also become the stuff of legend. But BMF successfully humanizes the brothers (Lil' Meech's performance is particularly strong) and reveals how their choices led to the disintegration of their formerly close-knit family. Nonetheless, this series isn't meant to be a cautionary tale, but instead a gritty, but entertaining interpretation of the profitable underworld in which they both willingly operated.
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