A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A mixture of people -- some good, some bad. Good people are asked to do bad things ... and they just might. All of the characters really want the prize money.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of harsh driving, including car crashes and bumping other cars on purpose. Several guns; in one scary scene, a guy hunts a woman with a gun, and later there's a tense standoff between brothers, with one holding a gun on the other. A good character is asked to murder someone to stay in the game.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Boyfriend eyes his girlfriend's rear end salaciously as she bends over. Some revealing outfits.
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Some tough talking, including "ass," "damn," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Characters must check their cell phones for race updates, and the Nokia brand is always visible.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the characters in this action-packed racing thriller drive very fast and sometimes recklessly. Some use their cars aggressively against their competitors, leading to potentially scary moments. Other tense and/or violent scenes include physical attacks (a man is hit on the head with a wrench, etc.) and a confrontation between a man and his frightened wife. Some characters are compelled purely by greed, and many are cut-throat in their attempts to win. Meanwhile, good characters are asked to do bad things as part of the competition.
Is It Any Good?
The darker elements are what keep Drive compelling -- like when Petrakas is faced with the choice of murder or staying in the race. And with so many unknowns, curiosity compels viewers to watch. (Whether or not the show can stand the test of time and weed out its occasional cheesy moments is one of its unanswered questions.) Teens might be lured in by Drive's mysteries, as well as its focus on cars and driving. Parents may want to preview the show to see whether the violence, peril, and greed are appropriate for their kids.
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