A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Reinforces traditional ideals of masculinity related to strength, machismo, and violence, though some of these ideas are subverted by the men's day jobs.
Positive Role Models
When the men aren't wrestling, they have careers ranging from graphic artists and chemistry teachers to ministers. Women do not play a role in the show.
Violence & Scariness
Arm wrestling sometimes lead to torn ligaments and other serious injuries. Teams sometimes exchange insults during tournaments; occasional shoving matches and fistfights break out as a result.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional references to masturbation and other sexual acts. Men's bare chests are often shown; occasionally their pants slide down and bare their buttocks (which are blurred).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some folks smoke cigarettes and drink beer. References are made to being hung over.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Game of Arms is an adult-oriented reality series featuring American arm-wrestling teams as they compete against each other for cash prizes and bragging rights. Expect some strong language ("bitch" and "damn," with other curses bleeped), sexual references, a few blurred bottoms, cigarette smoking, and some drinking. There's also lots of insult hurling among competitors, which sometimes leads to shoving matches and physical brawls. Wrestlers sometimes get hurt, too, (but there's no blood visible). Teens interested in wrestling and other sports might be interested, but the show isn't meant for younger kids.
Is It Any Good?
From training in their basements, out in the woods, and on city streets, to competing in warehouses and garages, the arm wrestlers of Game of Arms offer a voyeuristic look at a sport that isn't played in mainstream venues. It also offers details about the rules established by the American Armsport Association, how matches are judged, and the various traditions and rituals wrestlers follow before and during each match.
Much of the show's appeal comes from the unbridled passion these folks have for the sport, even if it means risking serious injuries and spending more money to compete than they can possibly win. Scenes of the contestants wrestling in slow motion also add some drama. It's certainly not for everyone, but folks interested in learning more about some people's unique interests and activities will probably find something here.
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