A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Profiles people who were involved in some of the biggest money heists in American history. Themes include poverty, troubled childhoods, and dysfunctional relationships.
Positive Role Models
Those who get caught express remorse, Some folks responsible for the crime are sorry, while others appear less so. Some were ex-cons before committing the heist, and others hide their faces due to their involvement or for fear of retribution.
Violence & Scariness
Robberies are discussed and reenacted. Conversations about the mafia, gangs, and violence associated with this. Guns, rifles, and machine guns are visible. A man is shown being tortured with screwdrivers and pliers; bloody wounds are visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women are shown stripping and giving lap dances. Brief moments when simulated sex acts and nudity is visible. Themes also include prostitution, infertility, and pregnancy.
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Words like "damn," "bitch," "piss," and "hell,""and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are audible. Sexist language like "chick" and "broad" is also used. In some segments these words are also audible in some segments in Spanish, the translations of which are in the subtitles.
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Products & Purchases
Cars like Mustangs and other luxury items are sometimes visible, but not in a commercial sense.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer, hard liquor) and drugs (cocaine, marijuana) is shown being used and sold. Steroid use and sales is also a theme.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Heist is a documentary series featuring convicted felons discussing their involvement in some of the biggest heists in U.S. history. It contains lots of mature content, including showing a person being violently tortured, nudity and simulated sex acts, cursing, drinking, and illegal drug activity. Thieves and their activities are discussed and reenacted in ways that are upbeat and sympathetic, which may not sit well with some viewers.
Is It Any Good?
The upbeat documentary series serves is a guilty pleasure thanks to the detailed way it tells the story of three of the most notorious money heists in U.S. history. But unlike the dark and foreboding tones of most of Netflix's true crime docs, Heist's storytelling style relies on bright and highly stylized scenes that blur the line between reality and drama. Some of the interviews are humorous, too, as folks reminisce about some of the event's more memorable moments. It's an entertaining storytelling formula, but some may question the ethics behind showcasing thieves and their actions so sympathetically. But if you can move past this, and like this sort of thing, you won't be disappointed.
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