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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Movie sequel has strong content, challenges stereotypes.

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Positive Messages

Themes range from looking for professional success to finding personal happiness in different ways. Challenges stereotypes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

New generation of adults wants to get out of their parents' shadows, find their path in life, build something for themselves in their own way.  


Lots of insult hurling.  


Strong innuendo ranging from cheesy pickup lines to pole dancing in strip clubs to simulated sexual acts (no nudity). Gender norms are challenged in various ways.


"S--t," "goddamn," "bitch," and "ass" are common.


Songs played throughout series are available for purchase. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Hard liquor consumed. Pot smoking visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Boomerang is a sequel to the popular 1992 film starring Eddie Murphy. It contains lots of themes intended to appeal to millennial audiences; these range from pursuing professional goals to finding personal happiness to challenging sexual norms. It contains strong displays of sexuality (including simulated sex acts, but no nudity), cursing, drinking, and pot smoking. It also presents characters and themes that challenge long-standing stereotypes about the black community.

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What's the story?

Co-produced by Halle Berry, BOOMERANG is a sequel to the popular 1992 film of the same name. It features a group of 20-something-year-olds trying to build themselves a legacy. Jacqueline Boyer's confident son, Bryson Broyer (Tequan Richmond), and Marcus and Angela Graham's privileged daughter, Simone Graham (Tetona Jackson), are tired of working for the Graham family's advertising agency, especially since they have to work directly under ad exec Victoria Johnson (Paula Newsome). As they each look for creative ways to get out of their parents' shadows, they turn to their friends, including fellow Graham employee Crystal (Brittany Inge), her ex-husband and preacher David Wright (R.J. Walker), the sharp and smart Tia Reed (Lala Milan), and digital producer Ari (Leland Martin). Also joining them are Camden (Joey Bada$$) and Shaunte "Tay-Tay" Hawkins (played by rapper Dreezy). 

Is it any good?

This series feels both relaxed and refined when comparing it to the outlandish 1992 Eddie Murphy film. But the adaptation stays true to the original by featuring a story that remains committed to personal exploration and black excellence. While the humor is more subtle, it is still there, but in a way that appeals to more contemporary audiences. Fans of the 1992 film might be disappointed with the lack of iconic characters and crazy moments that made it a success. But Boomerang feels surprisingly honest, thanks to a strong cast that underscores the way young black adults may be thinking about their place in the world today. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the messages Boomerang sends about young black adults today. How does it challenge stereotypes? Does it reinforce any?

  • Why does the sequel Boomerang differ from the original film? Is it due to generational changes in the audience? Or does it have to do with changes in the way black characters are portrayed in the media?

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