A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Positive content takes a backseat to entertainment, though the overall tone is light and humorous. Sibling bickering, unsportsmanlike conduct during a vocal competition, and a misrepresentation by a contestant are a few of the questionable forces at play.
Positive Role Models
Teens are generally positive and make good choices. Adults are rarely seen, but when they are, they’re cast as incompetent (in the case of a teacher) and ineffective (Tori’s parents).
Violence & Scariness
Some comedic scuffles between Trina and Tori, including one in which a belligerent Trina refuses to take her medication, and Tori practically shoves it down her throat. Some blood on clothing related to Trina’s oral surgery, but none as a result of the physical exchanges.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens refer to a male peer as “hot” and “a great kisser.” Some flirting among teens, but nothing physical.
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Some slang like “gank” (a derogatory name girls call each other), and “shucks to be you.” Also “shut your face” and multiple instances of “oh my God.”
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Products & Purchases
Some segments break to segues showing texting on a cell phone resembling an Apple brand. The show introduces two original songs, and the title track was released on iTunes simultaneously with the TV special.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this TV special is in much the same vein as its parent series, Victorious, so tweens who are already familiar with the characters' antics on that show will find the same sort of content here. The good news is that references to the show's social media site are noticeably absent throughout this special, but it offsets that improvement by gearing the plot to feature (and thus heavily promote) two new original songs. Watch for some substitute slang terms like "gank" (a derogatory name) and "shucks to be you," and be sure to do a quick reality check with your tweens to be sure they understand that the characters' freedoms are exaggerated for effect. Other than that, this comedy special is a harmless choice for tweens.
Is It Any Good?
It's fairly obvious (to parents, at least) that this hour-long special from the Victorious crew exists for two reasons: first, to entertain, and second, to unveil two new songs in the show's repertoire. Not surprisingly, the talented cast manages to do both with ease, and even the fact that the special's plot is geared specifically toward these two new tracks is forgivable in light of its entertainment value.
As with the series itself, most of the content is benign for tweens, and they'll enjoy the characters' wacky predicaments as much as the musical aspect of the show. There's some sporadic use of slang throughout the episode (girls call each other "gank," for instance) that you might want to call attention to and discuss with your kids, and there's precious little content that even attempts to teach any lessons, but, that aside, it's a worry-free source of fun tweens.
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