Parents' Guide to

House of Lies

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Adults-only dramedy revels in sex, lies, and manipulation.

TV Showtime Drama 2012
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Sexist crap

If you like watching blokes treat women like sex objects with lots of nudity and strippers, foul language, binge drinking and manipulation, then you’ll like this!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

On first viewing, the pilot episode of House of Lies feels a bit like a briefcase to the head, propelled by so much sex and unbleeped language that you naturally wonder whether that's the only thing the series is about. But as the rest of the story begins to take shape, a far more interesting character study emerges that gives lead actor Cheadle some great material to work with.

It's jarring at first to see him tackle the role, since he's typically cast in kindler, gentler parts (see: Boogie Nights, Hotel Rwanda). But, in the end, Cheadle's take on the shark-skinned Marty is effective enough to make us hate him -- which is actually the point.

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