Brockmire

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Dirty jokes, substance abuse in sharp, relatable comedy.

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Positive Messages

At heart, this is a story about redemption -- someone who has hit bottom and is trying to climb back up. The cast is nicely diverse too, with a fiftysomething man, a fortysomething woman (both Caucasian) and a twentysomething African-American young man in the three main parts who find they have many things in common.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though Jim Brockmire is a profane man given to fits of rage, he's also relatable, generally kind to those around him, and honest about his emotions and habits. His relationship with young intern Charles is particularly warm and honest. 

Violence

Any violence is played for laughs, as when a teen boy is shown prominently with a gun in the waistbelt of his jeans to point out a town is a dump. A man says he's going to kill himself, and talks about possible methods. 

Sex

Many very blue jokes about sex: references to group sex, sex toys, body parts, particular advanced sexual acts, pornography, oral sex, using the male anatomy to snort methamphetamine from, sex with strangers in public bathrooms. A sports team whistles when their female boss comes in; she responds positively. 

Language

Cursing: "s--t," "damn," "ass," "SOB," "goddamn," multiple uses of "f--k" are bleeped. Strong language: a man calls his wife a "whore" (several times), and a "dirty, dirty slut." One man tells another he's "bitching out" on him when he's reluctant to take a drug, implying he's a coward.

Consumerism

Consumerism is subverted by fake ads during a sports broadcast; internet brands like Twitter are mentioned. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many references, visually and in dialogue, to drugs and alcohol: Brockmire guzzles liquor while working in his broadcast booth; he smokes marijuana; one character owns a bar where characters drink heavily, filling glasses up to the top with booze. He asks a young (over 18) friend if he wants to "get high," the two chew on an (illegal) drug from Africa called khat that Brockmire equates to coffee and/or cocaine; the young friend is manic and energized and later throws up. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brockmire is a comedy about a sportscaster trying to resurrect his career after a public meltdown. Parents' chief concerns will be onscreen substance abuse (characters drink liquor, smoke marijuana, chew on an illegal African stimulant called khat) as well as frequent profane jokes about sex that target group sex, sex toys, pornography, consequence-free casual sex, oral sex, sex combined with drugs, voyeurism, and other mature topics. Some curses and strong language are connected with sex, too, like when a man calls his ex-wife a "whore." Other cursing: "s--t," "damn," "ass," "SOB," "goddamn," multiple uses of "f--k" are bleeped. Violence is rare but in at least one scene a teenage boy carries a gun in his pants waistband to show that a town is bad news. All that said, this is a story about redemption with relatable and often sweet, yet imperfect characters. It's not out of the question for whole-family viewing, but the material is strong enough that parents of tweens-and-younger should preview first. 

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Adult Written byRichard T. April 14, 2017

Star

I'd like to see the kid on the bike with the gun in his back pocket! He literally looks like a star. I don't see why he's not in the show more wh... Continue reading
Adult Written byLisa D. April 14, 2017

Love the town

The teenager with a gun in his back is so cute though!

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What's the story?

BROCKMIRE centers around Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria), a famous major league baseball commentator who has a meltdown live on the air after he discovers his wife Lucy (Katie Finneran) has been unfaithful -- really unfaithful. Ten years later, after Brockmire's hit bottom in all sorts of ways, he gets an out-of-nowhere summons from Jules (Amanda Peet), the owner of the small-town baseball team the Frackers. She and the Frackers' tech intern Charles (Tyrel Jackson Williams) have some bad news for Brockmire -- videos of his explosion are an internet meme, and the whole world knows him. Brockmire thinks his career and life are over. But when he sees the Frackers play, gets to know Jules and Charles better, and gets a hit of that old baseball excitement, he finds there's a chance -- just a small one -- that he could start over again. 

Is it any good?

Dirty, naughty, yet surprisingly sweet, this redemption comedy worms its way under your skin with super-sharp gags and lovable characters. Azaria has most of the best lines: when Jules asks him hesitantly if he's aware that he's a viral star, Brockmire says confidently that he doesn't bother with computers: "If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag like my father and his father before him."

It's a perfectly relatable nightmare -- one terrible moment of your life preserved, blown up, the veil through which everyone views Brockmire. No wonder he's buried his formerly successful life in desperation. Nowhere to go but up -- and by the looks of it, that's where Brockmire's headed. Hope he's as fun to watch when he's on a roll as when he's getting kicked when he's down. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Jim Brockmire shows courage and humility by returning to his old profession after a devastating meltdown. Why are these important character strengths

  • When Brockmire takes his new job in Morristown, he is surprised that strangers know about his life. Before the internet, how likely was it that you could escape a notorious reputation by moving to a new town? Is this still possible today? How does a person's reputation follow him or her around thanks to online communications? Is there a way to escape your reputation? How does this affect what you say or do online? 

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