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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is a German drama about teenagers who use and/or sell MDMA. Though the risks of drug use are discussed, MDMA use is generally portrayed in a positive light, and even as a rite of passage. As the main characters become drug dealers, they enter into an often violent world -- street fighting and gun violence are both shown. The characters consistently make bad choices, but the show is ultimately about them learning from their mistakes and moving forward.
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What's the story?
Moritz eagerly awaits his girlfriend Lisa's return to Germany after a year of studying abroad. Unfortunately, she breaks up with him as soon as she gets to the airport. After stalking her online, Moritz discovers that Lisa has been seeing Dan, a popular student who also deals ecstasy. Moritz undertakes a series of desperate actions to try to get Lisa back, which culminates in him and his best friend Lenny starting an online drug trafficking business where they quickly learn HOW TO SELL DRUGS ONLINE (FAST).
Is it any good?
On the surface, Moritz' story has all the beats of a typical crime show (there are stark similarities to Breaking Bad, for example), albeit one taking place in high school. But How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) slyly uses the story as a way into other, more complex topics, like how online companies exploit and profit from users' personal information. Even though Moritz is ostensibly motivated by a break-up (a la Zuckerberg in The Social Network), the show is careful not to make stereotypes out of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. Similar thoughtfulness makes its way into most aspects of the show, lifting it from pure entertainment into something more complex and insightful.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about choices. Why does Moritz choose to start selling drugs? Why do you think other people make this choice?
How is drug use depicted in this show? Why might it be portrayed that way? Do you think the show is pro- or anti-drugs?
What does How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) have to say about online culture? Did you learn anything about using the internet or buying things on the internet? Did you learn anything about economics or business?
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