A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive Role Models
Josefine has a big heart and cares for small helpless things. She constantly bickers with her family and ignores their requests meant to keep her safe. She says she's not a child but, while well intentioned, continuously makes the wrong decisions, putting herself and everyone around her in danger.
Violence & Scariness
In the sacrifice of a dairy cow, off-camera scurrying sounds lead to a pained bovine cry, with blood shown splattering the surroundings. Animal blood from ritual sacrifice is shown in early episodes, and later a decapitated human head is thrown to the outer edges of the island's electric security fence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A parent teases his teenage son about kissing a girl with tongue.
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"F--k," "ass," "s--t" are audible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Elves is a Danish-language (available dubbed in the U.S.) thriller series about a family trying to enjoy their Christmas vacation. Instead, they upset the elven spirits in control of the forest, endangering the entire island. This thriller builds fear and suspense with effective music and camerawork to make viewers jumpy. While it doesn't rely on gratuitous violence, as the conflict develops, the blood and gore increases, too. At one point a bloody decapitated human head is thrown across the screen.
Is It Any Good?
This teen thriller builds suspense and doesn't rely on constant gratuitous violence, but it leans into lazy stereotypes. In Elves, gender roles are annoyingly cliched: A teen boy bullies little sister and is interested in a mysterious lone teenage female local. Dad acts like everything is OK and teases his son as if he were a little brother himself, then mom rolls her eyes at his tired machismo while he smirks thinking his jokes are cute. Mom is caring but tired. Young daughter loves cute little animal-like things, but always thinks she's right, and makes decisions that risk everyone's lives.
If your teenager loves thrillers, but also needs some quick breaks into the safety of intermittent laughter, turn off the lights, turn up the volume, and share this series together. The score is done well and it's a quick binge, even if it's not a star of the genre.
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