A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Holidays as celebrated in Danish culture are touched upon.
Don't give up hope. Live your life fully. Shine a light for the ones you've lost.
Positive Role Models
Julie is a strong-willed 18-year-old who doesn't fear other people's opinions. She does engage in risky behavior, drinking, and sex; she contemplates and attempts suicide. Her therapist tries to connect with her, modeling compassionate behavior. Her friends are loyal to her.
Though Julie is Danish, and her friends are of European or mixed descent, she meets people of other ethnic and racial backgrounds during her travels.
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Violence & Scariness
The main character contemplates, romanticizes, and attempts suicide. Her family dies in a plane crash, and their suffering is shown as they go down in a plane. There are threats of gun violence and bodily harm. Julie is self-destructive, attracting and encouraging dangerous people to do dangerous things. Not a lot of gore or blood, but intense emotional moments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Julie engages in sexual activity with acquaintances and people she barely knows. Body parts are shown, sexual acts are exhibited. Breasts, buttocks, partial and brief full nudity.
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Danish with English dubbing or subtitles available. Moderate use of swear words includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "hell," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Julie's family has plenty of money and live in a mansion by the water. She shops with her friends, has access to luxury items, has a credit card that seems to have no limit. Luxury brands aren't always specified, but can be identified at times: e.g., Polo, Jaguar.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
As her friends prepare for a party, liquor cabinets are opened and they talk about "free-flowing tequila." The drinking age in Denmark is 18, and Julie and her friends drink wine and champagne often. Value placed on partying. Characters smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kamikaze is meant for mature teens, as it deals with death, self-destructive behavior, and suicide. The thrill of having nothing to lose is the drive behind this series, and because it deals with the emotional life of a young woman when she's pushed to the limits of loss, these thrilling moments are given an emotional context. Teens in this series drink and party, though they are 18, which is legal drinking age in Denmark, where much of the show takes place. Characters talk about getting drunk, and they have sex when they're drunk. The hedonism is self-medication in action.
Is It Any Good?
Taut, dramatic, well-acted, this 8-episode series is a searing journey through grief and the search for meaning. Kamikaze provides hedonistic thrills-- a gorgeous house, car, fantastic clothes, and a credit card that allows Julie to keep her grief a step away. It's also a study in the complexity of human grief. Danish actress Marie Reuther plays Julie with a chilling focus, painting a pointillistic portrait of a teenage girl with everything to lose, and the strength of character to lose it all for the sake of feeling something again.
Though it might not take top-shelf honors in the rebellious teen pantheon, Kamikaze punches well for its weight. Teens with a penchant for subtitled shows will thrill to this. Parents will enjoy the ride, though it's quite turbulent at times. This series skirts the edge of being too obvious, but the journey Julie undergoes captures the balance of fearfulness and fearlessness that turbo-charges this age group.
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