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Inside the American Mob

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Organized crime docuseries with bloody re-creations.

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Inside the American Mob reveals how the American mob, which was at its peak of power in the 1970s, went from being a group of localized Italian-American street gangs to a nationwide criminal organization involved in everything from labor unions and government agencies to prostitution and drugs. It also reveals some of the cultural dynamics of the organization, which has its own rituals, language, and a code of ethics by which its members are expected to live.

It contains a lot of fascinating details about the mob and the families who run it. But despite being offered within context, many of the narratives, which include stories about parents putting hits out on their children and the murder of friends, are extremely disturbing, especially when they are told with humor and/or with little regret by those who committed the crimes. Much of the featured archival footage is pretty bloody, too. Nonetheless, those interested in the topic will definitely find it worth watching.

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