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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Five Points is a teen drama that streams on Facebook. Accounts belonging to users under the age of 14 are unable to stream it because it deals with a range of mature issues, including gun violence, poverty, bullying, and prescription drug dealing and abuse. There's also some occasional cursing, and commercial ads for brands like Acura sometimes stream prior to the start of the episode. There's an accompanying Facebook page that provides resources for viewers who are struggling with problems similar to the ones presented here.
What's the story?
Co-executive produced by Kerry Washington, FIVE POINTS is a Facebook Watch series about the lives of a group of students at a South Side Chicago high school. It stars Ray Cham Jr. as CJ, a young man who's doing what he has to in order to help support his financially strapped family, and Tosh, (Madison Pettis) an overachieving young woman from an upscale family. She's dating star football player Eric (Spence Moore II), who's worried that he won't get a college scholarship. Meanwhile, Wallace Marks (Nathaniel J. Potvin) is trying to hold his own despite the fact that he's being bullied by Eric's fellow football players. It doesn't help that he's awkward with girls, including Lexi (Hayley Kiyoko), on whom he has a serious crush. They're all interconnected in some way, but when a life changing event takes place, everyone experiences it from a different point of view.
Is it any good?
This intense teen drama tells a good story while highlighting some of the major pressures high school students face on a day-to-day basis. It points to some difficult problems teens deal with, including prescription drug dealing, gun violence, homelessness, and the need to overachieve, but presents them in ways that highlight the complicated reasons why certain decisions are made, and why these problems aren't easily resolved.
The thoughtful narratives weave together seamlessly, and each approximately 13-minute installment leaves you wanting to know what's going to happen next. Overall, Five Points is worth the watch for those mature enough to handle it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the problems the characters face in Five Points. Parents: Did you face similar issues while you were in high school? Kids: Can you identify with some of these problems? How can you work together to make things better?
Would Five Points look or sound the same if it aired on television versus streaming online? What do you think would change?
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