A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Ethical "lessons" are murky, morality is relative, and the take-away is complicated: while some characters face consequences for their actions, others don't.
Positive Role Models
The three main characters are morally changeable, acting ethically in some situations and unethically in others. They have their own personal reasons for plotting to steal millions from their employer, but no one's motive is entirely excusable.
Violence & Scariness
Some violent scenes are sudden and rather graphic, particularly those involving guns and shooting, with visible blood that borders on gory. That said, violence isn't constant.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief scenes of kissing and implied sex.
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Unbleeped language includes "bulls--t," "piss," and "wanker."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, sometimes to the point of excess. Some characters smoke cigarettes and, in one case, smoke marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Inside Men follows its three main characters through some murky ethical territory, charting their joint decision to steal millions from their employer. You'll hear unbleeped swearing (including "bulls--t") and see some sudden moments of violence (including shootings and beatings) with visible blood, along with a little kissing and implied sex. Some characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes, and, in one brief scene, smoke marijuana.
Is It Any Good?
Told over the course of four one-hour episodes, Inside Men might be too plodding for some tastes, but it's a boon for viewers who appreciate an artfully crafted narrative. In fact, the real pull is a well-penned script that reveals critical plot points and character traits in a manner that keeps you interested -- and is also inherently interesting. The whole heist thing's been done before; it's just never been done quite like this.
There are three main characters to contend with. But at the center of it all is John Coniston, a seemingly upright citizen ruled by a complex moral compass that leads him to make some surprising choices. Good role models in Inside Men might be hard to come by, but there's good fodder here for discussion with older kids about right and wrong.
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