Gossip Girl (2021)

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Drugs, sex, language in oddly colorless teen drama reboot.

HBO Max Drama 2021

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 12+

A very entertaining and thought-provoking series for teens

My 13 and 15 year olds loved this series, so I checked it out and it looked a bit sexual, but upon watching are and having a little conversation with my daughters I came to realise that it is a deep and wildly entertaining series. I highly recommend,

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 18+

Great update in diversity, but not with moral values. Glamourises key social issues

Compared to the original GG, the reboot is vibrant with diversity in culture, class, sexual identity and ageism. The show has not limited the character development of not only the students of East Side. There is also exploration of how the millennial teachers can be victimised by the upper class status of the students and parents. Though, I found myself feeling uncomfortable with the idea of teachers basically cyber bullying minors because of the desperation in authority. Moreover, the emotionally abusive student/teacher sexual relationship. I found that the only character I felt really sorry for was Zoya, who became a pawn in the game between the teachers and elitist students.Who even relents in playing the game in occasionally "destroying" Julien because of sibling rivalry. It makes me feel uneasy that teacher Kate Keller befriends her (a 14/ 15 year old) , only to exploit her personal life. Even Aki and Obbie were redeemable, sometimes being the voice of reason to the cliques toxic games. I would not of minded Audrey's story of dealing with a neglegent mother and her relationship with Aki. Though, still too mature for 16 year olds. In reality, most of those teachers would be fired, arrested and barred from working in any school. And the so called uber mean girls Monet and Luna would also join them. Max also would of been refered for mental help as playing manipulative games pursuing a teacher is a cry for help. And even when Rafas starts to abuse his power, the show fails ro portray Max as a full victim. Despite the nature of the relationship being massive safeguarding issue. At least in the original GG, above the scandalous encounters of the originals, there was still common values installed. There was understanding that every hedonistic action came with consequences. And certain boundaries were never crossed. Even Riverdale conveyed how inappropriate behaviour should not be accepted. If this is seen as entertainment, then I think this answers why there are more social issues with teenagers.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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