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Ja'mie: Private School Girl

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Razor-sharp school satire is super edgy and salty.

TV HBO Comedy 2013
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Typical teenage humour for age 13 and up

Teens will find this hilarious - it is about a typical popular rich white girl who is technically a bad role model - but she does get punished for things she does. There is sexual humour and swearing but nothing 13 year olds wouldn’t hear about and talk about at school

Is It Any Good?

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If red flags were literal rather than figurative, Ja'mie: Private School Girl would look like a small-screen massacre. Which is our way of saying that this shrewd satire is so spot-on that it's absolutely horrible for your kids. Lilley's Ja'mie, the queen-bee-to-the-extreme he's played previously in other series such as Summer Heights High, is a tongue-in-cheek critique of the extremes of modern girl culture. But what's impressive -- and a little scary -- is how squarely he nails it.

Aside from the show's minefield of F-bombs and insults ("Go f--king fist yourself!"), iffy content runs the gamut from Ja'mie's homophobic bullying to her use of African immigrants as targets for her "charity" (and sources of cheap labor). But the real question parents should ponder is whether teen viewers will see Ja'mie's antics for the artful satire they're intended to be or, rather, as instructive of what a teen girl should be.

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