By Martin Brown,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Found-footage action series has gun violence, drugs.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Dealer is mostly a pure action drama, but there are ultimately some positive messages about finding inner strength to make it through adverse circumstances.
Positive Role Models
The set-up involves a well-worn stereotype of a Black rapper and drug dealer. In this case, that character, Tony, is involved in a violent criminal underworld where all the drug dealers are persons of color while the series' protagonists are White men who have been kidnapped by the drug dealers.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is shown throughout, including a lot of guns and gun violence as well as physical assault.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content is limited to discussion of sex, including some jokes and innuendo.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Dealer's plot revolves around a criminal organization that deals drugs, and includes frequent mentions of cocaine. No drug use is shown, but alcohol use and cigarettes are occasionally seen throughout the series.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dealer is an action series about two filmmakers who get caught in a violent drug war. The French series is overdubbed in English and shot in the style of a found footage documentary, so the action and violence are seen from a first-person point-of-view. Episodes are only about 10 minutes long. Violence is shown throughout the series, including a lot of gun violence and physical assault. Drug use is not shown, but drugs and drug sales are talked about throughout the series. The rapper/drug dealer character is based on a common racial stereotype, and in this series all of the drug dealers appear to be persons of color, while the characters who become unwittingly involved with them are White.
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What's the Story?
DEALER follows two filmmakers as they attempt to shoot a music video for a rising French rap star who has ties to the drug world. When filmmakers Franck and Tony show up to the video shoot, they unwittingly end up immersed in a drug war, without their IDs or their car. As the violence escalates, Franck and Tony find themselves trapped in the middle of a turf war with increased pressure to keep filming.
Is It Any Good?
Found footage series and movies offer the viewer an immersive experience. Dealer puts its viewers in the middle of a drug war that neither they, nor their proxy characters, asked to be in. Unfortunately, the first-person point-of-view -- along with the English overdubbing and abbreviated runtime -- make Dealer feel more like a series of video game cut scenes, rather than a viable action show.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the music video shoot. How often do you watch music videos? Does the set-up for Dealer remind you of any music videos you've seen? How realistic does the video shoot seem?
Why do Franck and Thomas continue to film as the violence escalates? How trapped are they? What types of pressure are they facing from Tony and the producers?
How does the way Dealer is shot make you feel? Why do you think they chose to film it this way?
- Premiere date: March 10, 2021
- Cast: Abdramane Diakite, Mohamed Boudouh, Sébastien Houbani
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Action
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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