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I’m With The Band: Nasty Cherry

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Off-key punk band creation docuseries has drinking, smoking.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

There’s some focus on the work that goes into making the band, but the focus is really on the members’ personal issues. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Charli XCX offers guidance to band members about a range of things. Despite claims that the band is meant to inspire young women, there isn’t much inspirational happening here. 

Violence

Arguing, emotional breakdowns, and other events occur. 

Sex

There’s some innuendo, and crude sexual references are common. Women often wear skin-revealing clothes. 

Language

Lots of cursing, including "s--t" and "f--k," and rude gestures. 

Consumerism

The overall series is a promotional vehicle for the band. The Apple logo is occasionally visible. There are references to social media outlets, like Instagram.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (champagne, cocktails) and smoking is visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I’m With The Band: Nasty Cherry is a docuseries about the start of an all-female band put together by pop star Charli XCX. There’s lots of edgy content, including strong sexual references, cursing, arguing, drinking, and smoking. The overall series promotes the group, and social media outlets like Instagram are referenced. 

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Teen, 15 years old Written byteenagercritic January 23, 2020

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What's the story?

I’M WITH THE BAND: NASTY CHERRY is a docuseries that follows the creation of an all-girl punk rock band. In hopes of putting together the girl band she’s always wanted, pop star Charli XCX has choosen four women from different backgrounds with various levels of musical skill to make that dream come true. Now Chloe Chaidez, Debbie Knox-Hewson, Gabrielle Bechtel, and Georgia Somary are living together in a house in Hollywood in order to write songs, rehearse their music, and bond as the musical group, Nasty Cherry. Under the management of Emmie Lietchenberg, Charli XCX’s best friend, they refine their image, promote themselves, and build a strong social media media presence despite having never performed publicly. The pressure is on to perform live to meet their fan’s expectations, and to make sure that they serve as inspiration for future generations of young female musicians. 

Is it any good?

This edgy but lackluster series chronicles the story about a band that is being manufactured for success in MTV-like reality show style. While some Nasty Cherry members have talent and performance experience, others have minimal training, which creates obvious professional issues. It is perhaps because of this that most of the five-part series focuses on the interactions between the women, which range from mean exchanges to total meltdowns, rather than showcasing their music or the hard work it takes to be successful. As a result, I’m With The Band: Nasty Cherry plays like a melodramatic piece that is designed to promote, and not inspire. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the work that goes into forming a cohesive music group. What things have to happen in order for a band to work, and sing, well together? 

  • Lot of bands are talented, but what do they have to do in order to be financially successful in the music industry? 

  • Why doesn’t I’m With The Band: Nasty Cherry feature a lot of the group’s music? Would the series be a better promotional vehicle for the band if it did?

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