Parents' Guide to

House of Hammer

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sensationalized docu talks sex, violence, and privilege.

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The sensationalized, tabloid-like series features lots of titillating details about Armie Hammer's sexual predilections and attempts to link them to the sins committed by Hammer family patriarchs. It's based on limited information, most of which has been shared and discussed already on social media by bloggers and entertainment tabloids. While interviews with former girlfriend Courtney Vucekovich were clearly conducted for the purpose of the docuseries, some of the footage of women sharing their experiences were pulled from online press conferences given months earlier.

Meanwhile, as each installment unevenly moves back and forth between the lives of Armie's great grandfather, wealthy and influential oil tycoon Armand Hammer, his grandfather Julian, and his father Michael, details about their many misdeeds (much of which is already public knowledge) are offered as way of explaining (but not forgiving) Armie's antics. However, this is all based on conjecture, and lacks any real evidence to support it. The series also lacks any in-depth conversation about the legal role of consent to sexual activity, choosing instead to focus on the salacious details available through social media. As a result, House of Hammer is more exploitative than informative, and lacks the journalistic integrity necessary to be regarded as a serious narrative about the subject.

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