Filthy Rich

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Christian-themed melodrama is soapy, light, and fun.

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Positive Messages

The show makes light of cruelty and backstabbing among people who use their wealth and social standing to influence and bully others. And all kinds of iffy behavior -- from extramarital affairs to unsavory business arrangements –- play a role in the show’s plot. There are messages about the healing power of love and the importance of loyalty between familiy members, though. 

Positive Role Models

Margaret is a strong and tenacious woman. She often makes iffy choices and only sometimes sees the error of her ways. Her relationship with Ginger is contentious but the two have grudging respect for each other. Most of the characters on this show are duplicitous and often unkind to each other, like when Eric labels his three surprise siblings "a hooker, a hoodlum, and a drug dealer." Other characters, however, have affection for each other and look out for each other's interests. Most characters scheme how to get money and power, and will harm others to reeach their aims. 

Violence

Violence is infrequent: a plane shakes violently, we see fire coming out of a jet engine, and then see a funeral with family members crying. In another scene, a house burns to the ground while a character walks away, seemingly uninspired to call the fire department. Violence can also be over-the-top soap style, like when a mom slaps her son after he says she's lost her "damn mind." 

Sex

One character runs a "cam" operation. Scenes at this business' office feature a woman in a sexy farmgirl costume pouring milk all over her chest, a woman in a leather outfit, and a nun in a brief habit talking to a man on a computer who asks her to "Bite that apple, bite it good." Two women dressed in lingerie help a man take off his pants (but they are interrupted before things go any further). Jokes can run towards the vulgar, like when a woman says her husband only got "handies" for a period of time after she found out he cheated on her. Characters we know as a half brother and half sister kiss. 

Language

Language includes "ass," "son of a bitch," "hell," "bitch," and "damn."
 

Consumerism

A family lives in a big house and enjoys lavish lifestyles. They argue over how much their company is worth and who should have a stake in the money. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character grows marijuana; many jokes and scenes point towards his career, including a scene in which he uses a vape and one in which he asks if he can "smoke some weed" (he doesn't, at least, not that we can see). We do see his marijuana plants, which are head-high. (It's worth noting he lives in Colorado, where cannabis is legal.) A main character occasionally smokes cigarettes. Wine and mixed drinks are staples at any time of a normal day and especially in social settings. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Filthy Rich is a soap opera/drama about a New Orleans family that runs a televangelist operation and is surprised when they learn the family's patriarch had three secret kids. One of said kids runs a "cam" operation; women are scantily clad at her office (brief, tight outfits including some fetish wear) and we see them doing things like pouring milk on their breasts for enthusiastic male customers on the computer. Another character calls the cam businesswoman a "hooker." Yet another of the kids grows marijuana (in Colorado, where it's legal). We see him walking through his abundant marijuana plants in a grow room and discussing its sale, and we also see him vaping and in a scene in which he asks if he can "smoke weed" (he does not). A main character occasionally smokes cigarettes, and beer/wine/champagne seems to be available at any gathering, any time of day. Two women dressed in lingerie help a man remove his pants -- the camera cuts away before things progress. Characters we know as half brother and sister kiss briefly. Jokes can be vulgar, like when a woman says she punishes her cheating husband with only "handies." Language includes "ass," "son of a bitch," "hell," "bitch," and "damn." Characters are duplicitous, power- and money-hungry, and double-cross each other, soap style. 

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What's the story?

When Eugene Monreax's (Gerald McRaney) plane went down, his wife Margaret (Kim Cattrall), daughter Rose (Aubrey Dollar), and son Eric (Corey Cott) are stunned to learn that the head of their successful Christian television network had three secret children out of wedlock -- and all of them were written into the will. Now, although the Monreaux's are FILTHY RICH, they have complications galore in the form of Ginger (Melia Kreiling), Antonio (Benjamin Levy Aguilar), and Jason (Mark L. Young), their new family members who also want a piece of the pie, in more ways than one. 

Is it any good?

Kim Cattrall has a face that radiates self-satisfied bliss, which turns out to be perfect for her role as a televangelizing matriarch in this silly, Southern-fried chunk of delightful camp. On paper, Filthy Rich reads like a retread on The Righteous Gemstones; after all, both series feature families with TV ministries and secrets that lead them into drama. But Filthy Rich is less dark irony and more soapy fun and satisfying twists, closer to Empire or (vintage) Dallas than Gemstones. Cattrall sure helps, laying down honeyed barbed pronouncements to her sons and daughters, but never to her audience, who views Margaret as the epitome of beaming Christian womanhood. 

It's fun to meet Margaret and her family, too, at a moment when their patriarch's absence and secretive recreational activities has thrown everything into chaos. Suddenly, wistful Rose sees a way that she might get enough cash to launch a fashion line, while Eric, egged on by his calculating wife Becky (Olivia Macklin) and brother-in-law Reverend Paul Luke Thomas (Aaron Lazar), envisions a path to gaining control of the network. Meanwhile, as Antonio, Jason, and most particularly Ginger get a whiff of what they could be gaining with a Monreaux connection, both financially and emotionally, they're all in, contributing their own complications. It's all fluffy, heady, ridiculous, and lots of fun. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about role models. What makes someone a good role model? If someone is a famous minister, should he or she be a positive influence in other arenas? Are any of the Monreauxes role models? 

  • Families can also discuss what it means to be famous and powerful. Do these things grant authority? Just because someone is in a position of authority, does that mean they deserve that authority or will exercise it wisely? Can you think of examples of good and bad authorities in movies? Is the Monreaux family good, bad, or both? 

  • How is Christianity usually presented in mainstream TV shows? Is it treated reverently? Mocked? Something else? How does Christianity come off in Filthy Rich? Do the people on this show seem like good Christians? What leads you to this answer? 

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