It's a Sin

TV review by Martin Brown, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Great 1980s-set drama about AIDS epidemic has sex, drugs.

HBO Max Drama 2021

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 15+

Emotional, educational, honest

I watched this before my daughter, who is almost 16, thinking she wouldn't be interested in it all, but loving the 80s and hearing me talk positively about it, she watched in one go. Growing up in the 80s in a loving but sheltered regular home, the subject of any sex was never discussed. The frivolity, innocence and honesty of It's a Sin made this a compelling watch, even though you know the brutal outcome for so many. Yes there's lots of simulated sex, yes there is alot of graphic language and swearing. However, it opened my eyes to the truths of this disease that I hadn't really known before. My daughter is growing up in a time where we are more open and topics of discussion, to a point, should not be limited. She's empathetic and has a great maturity in her outlook to world and so the quiet decision to allow her to watch this, was not a difficult one. It's a touching account of love and true friendship in the midst of this terrible outbreak and sparked further conversation between her and I, about how far medicine has come to help keep HIV under control but also how it is still a threat to many in developing countries. You've got to gauge what your own child is ready to watch, but for us, it was poignant and important.

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age 16+

British 1980s, height of Thatcher, HIV infections and pharmaceutical profiteering

Strong, powerful, and although there is a lot of trauma the film is well written, well acted and offers some contextual information for the larger issues looming around the flatmates as they live through the 1980s London at the height of HIV transmission, homophobia and government inaction. I would have liked a bit more on the broader political and social contexts, but the sentimentality and the varied story lines and the centric-ness of homosexuality in many different forms is refreshing. Who is committing the sin, the answer shifts as the series goes on? Fantastic performances...great depiction of generational shame and how it manifests in destructive behavior. A must-see.

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