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Dollface

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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OK comedy about gender stereotypes has drinking, sex talk.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The general arc is about finding (or redsicovering) one's own identity despite societal pressure and personal insecurity. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jules seems to be on a personal growth track throughout the show, which involves exploring and often rejecting stereotypes about what it means to be a young woman.

Violence
Sex

Frank discussions about sex. (Though there are some publicity stills that show the cast around a large, inflatable penis.)

Language

Profanity includes "bitch," "s--t," etc.

 

Consumerism

Dollface mocks consumerism, but does not feature any product placement.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink and get drunk frequently.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dollface is a quirky comedy starring Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) that explores what it's like to be a single woman. The show uses visual comedy to explore (and sometimes upend) gender stereotypes around women and female friendships. Characters frequently drink and get drunk, and profanity includes "bitch" and "s--t."The comedy can be edgy at times, though the sexual content and profanity is mild. There can be some confusion as to which stereotypes are being played for satire and which are actually being promoted -- parents and teens could have a great discussion about how to know the difference. 

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What's the story?

In DOLLFACE, when her boyfriend of five years unexpectedly breaks up with her, Jules (Kat Dennings) discovers that all of her friendships have expired. As she recovers from the breakup, Jules attempts to reconnect with her circle of friends. Over time, she discovers that her life has been missing female companionship.

Is it any good?

Though they're meant to be quirky, the barrage of gender stereotypes that this series unleashes can be confusing. It's hard to tell which ones Dollface is trying to undermine or debunk and which the show actually believes in. For example, the first episode discusses why its important for women to go to the bathroom together at clubs, but then also depicts women stress-eating after a breakup without comment. The problem is compounded because the show is usually more clever than laugh-out-loud funny; it's more interested in doing something interesting visually than in actually making the jokes land. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship. What does friendship mean to Jules? Why does she want to reconnect with her friends? What does she discover about friendship in the process?

  • What does Dollface say about relationships between women? What are some of the stereotypes about female friendship? How does this show present those stereotypes?

  • What qualities do Jules' friends bring out of her that weren't there before? How do Jules' friendships help her grow as a person?

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