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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
You can bounce back from negative experiences. Be yourself.
Positive Role Models
Though she ruins her reputation with the Incest Map, Amerie commits to reshaping her identity and moving forward.
Amerie is Indian. The students represent a variety of representation -- people of color, queer, outcast, popular -- but can be stereotypical in their roles.
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Violence & Scariness
A physical fight between Amerie and Harper that leaves Amerie with a bloody nose.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Amerie gets in trouble for creating the "Incest Map," a visual representation of all of the sexual hookups in school. Body parts are exposed after sexual activity in a dorm room. Students have sex at the cemetary party. Images from a Google search for "vaginas" are shown.
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Characters use strong language, including "bitch," "s--t," and "c--t," in addition to language about sexual activity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character sells ketamine and other drugs. Students drink beer at the cemetery party, some to the point of being sick.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Heartbreak High is a reboot of a 1990s Australian teenage drama; however, it contains adult content and mature themes. One of the main conflicts involves raucous sexual behavior of high school students, and there is some nudity and sexual scenes. Additionally, strong language is used, like "s--t," "bitch," and "c--t," and there is a fight scene that results in a bloody nose. Aside from that, there are relevant topics for teens to identify with, like friendship, identity, fitting in, and growing up.
Is It Any Good?
This reboot modernizes a classic Aussie teenage drama -- and the teenage experience. Heartbreak High brings its predecessor to the 21st century with smart phones, references to social media, and an emphasis on diversity. It's worth it to note, however, that the diverse representations have a tendency to border on stereotypical, but that has more to do with the elements of a dramedy than intentional insensitivities. Though the plot is about the trials, tribulations and sex lives of teenagers, it is a show that grown-ups can get invested in, if they can get past the whole sex-lives-of-teenagers part. Breakout star Ayesha Madon delivers a performance that has viewers rooting for Amerie, though her actions are often less than favorable. The social commentary on the lives of today's teenagers is sure to get laughs and to challenge the ways we think about high schoolers, the lives they lead, and the ways adults can help them navigate this tumultuous part of life.
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