Devils

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Promising political thriller features drinking, sex.

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Devils is mostly about corruption and abuse of power in high finance.

Positive Role Models

Characters typically put money and power over the welfare of others.

Violence

Devils uses violence sparingly, implying danger rather than showing it. A man falls from a great height and his bloody body is seen afterward.

Sex

Features some sexual content. A woman begins a strip tease but stops abruptly. A couple lies in bed in their underwear, talking. 

Language

Mild profanity is sometimes used and includes "damn," "hell," etc.

Consumerism

Characters lead a lavish lifestyle, but product details are never shown. Devils is more of a commentary on wealth than an advertisement for it.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink socially throughout the show. Drugs and drug use are talked about but not shown. One character is found unconscious in a drug den, appearing to have overdosed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Devils is a political thriller about high-powered investment bankers. Though the series takes place in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, it provides all the information viewers need to understand the show's context. The characters are the type of amoral high-stakes grifters found in movies like The Big Short, The Wolf of Wall Street, Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps -- anything Wall Street-related, really. Devils features social drinking and drug use as a central part of the high finance lifestyle. Its suspense comes from the implied dangers of that lifestyle, specifically what people will do for money. Violence is rarely shown, but characters are often in danger. For example, a man falls from a great height, and the audience doesn't know if he jumped or was thrown. Similarly, sexual content is more implied than shown: a couple lies in bed in their underwear, talking; a woman begins a strip tease but stops and runs away. In general, Devils tends to get more mileage out of what isn't seen than what is.

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What's the story?

DEVILS takes place in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Under the close tutelage of his mentor Dominic Morgan (Patrick Dempsey), Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Broghi) is a rising star at a large investment bank that manipulates stocks for profit and might even have enough wealth and power to topple entire European countries. But as Massimo gets close to being promoted to Vice CEO, his life starts to come apart at the finely tailored seams. His ex-wife mysteriously resurfaces and disappears again, and a financial blogger threatens to expose inside knowledge about his past. Suddenly, it seems he's unable to trust even his closest friends. With Morgan's help, Massimo begins to go to extreme lengths to save his career.

Is it any good?

The world of investment banking is the perfect setting for a modern political thriller. Devils has some of the earmarks of high-melodrama shows like Scandal or Quantico, but the international cast seems to think they're in a legitimate noir, playing things very close to the vest. Certain plot points feel like they've been hijacked from other sources, like the successful businessman who is hiding a secret past, and the mentor who may actually be an enemy. But Devils knows precisely what to withhold and what to reveal so the viewer is left guessing about who to trust and who to not. And the backdrop of the global financial crisis makes the stakes feel like they're real-life. In an era of endless crime dramas, the appeal of Devils is, unsurprisingly, in the details.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the 2008 financial crisis. Where were you at that time? What do you remember? What do you know about the historical context of the crisis? How are we still feeling its impact today?

  • What do we know about the characters on Devils? What do we know about them outside of their jobs? What type of characteristics does Devils seem to imply it takes to work in investment banking?

  • Why do we root for Massimo? What makes him different from the other characters, if anything? 

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