Gravity

 
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Quirky suicide support group drama neither good nor helpful.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The overall message is mixed; while suicide is painted as both a "crime" and a "sin," some characters see it as the only way to "feel alive." Some attempts to see suicide comically.

Positive role models

Although the main characters are at a pivotal point in their lives, their past actions are clearly not admirable.

Violence

The main characters are members of a support group for people who've tried to kill themselves, with methods ranging from self-poisoning to driving off a cliff. Flashbacks show a woman shooting herself in the head and lying in her own blood, etc.

Sex

When the two main characters meet for the first time, they have sex out in public -- against a fence.

Language

Some unbleeped swearing (mainly "f--k"), but not constant use.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adult-oriented drama concerns a cast of suicidal characters -- including a teenage boy -- who've recently tried to kill themselves. While the violence isn't always graphic, it certainly hangs heavily in the background and can be shocking and sudden at times. There's also an intense sexual relationship between the two main characters that begins almost immediately after they meet (against a fence on a city street, no less) and some unbleeped swearing (mostly "f--k"). A few characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes, too.

What's the story?

GRAVITY hits hard when upper-crust doctor Robert Collingsworth (Ivan Sergei) and make-up counter clerk Lily Champagne (Krysten Ritter) prove unsuccessful at killing themselves and ending their misery. Now, as reluctant members of a suicide-suppport group, they're forced to talk about their feelings with others who've shared the same dark emotions they've felt. Led by a wheelchair-bound ex-ballplayer (Ving Rhames), the group includes an overachieving housewife (Robyn Cohen), a former model (Rachel Hunter), a construction worker (James Martinez) and an unhappy teenager (Seth Numrich). Meanwhile, a quirky detective (Eric Schaeffer) with curious motives is watching Lily's every move.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There's a palpable silence in this pitch-black Starz drama about a group of suicide survivors who would rather be dead. But it's the kind of silence that comes from sub-par writing and awkward pacing rather than purposeful tension or riveting performances. Writer-director-producer Schaeffer (who previously penned a short-lived series about recovering bulemics, anorexics, and binge-eaters) clearly loves his cast of odd, damaged characters -- and his own role as a creepy cop who steals suspects' panties and totes his glock to yoga.

But for the rest of us, the end result is DOA.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the real consequences of suicide and whether the show tackles the subject in a particularly responsible way. Why do each of the characters choose to attempt suicide? How do their actions affect their loved ones and others around them?

  • Does the show celebrate life -- or wallow in death? What do you make of the overall message and tone?

TV details

Cast:Ivan Sergei, Krysten Ritter, Ving Rhames
Network:Starz
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byslasher23 September 5, 2010
 
very violent.explicit sexual content and some graphic nudity.graphic language.some drug.
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