Lupin

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Crowdpleasing French action series has violence, mystery.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Lupin is an odd sort of revenge story at heart, in which the main character uses illegal means to do the right thing: trying to prove his father not guilty for a crime he didn't commit.

Positive Role Models

The main character, Assane Diop, displays ingenuity, integrity, determination, loyalty, and creative problem solving. Diop is a Senegalese immigrant, and some of the plot is driven by other characters' racist actions toward him.

Violence

Violence includes fistfighting, stabbing, kidnapping, and a death by hanging that reappears throughout the series. 

Sex

Lupin features little sexual content outside of basic romantic relationships. In one episode, a character talks about pornography that's been found on someone's computer, which is played for laughs.

Language

Profanity is used throughout, including the "f" word, "s--t," "ass," etc. Racist language against the main character is used and implied, and there's some homophobic language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are shown drinking socially and smoking cigarettes. No drug use is shown, but drugs and drug trafficking are spoken about.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lupin is an action drama about a thief working to prove his father innocent of a 25-year-old crime. The series is French but dubbed into English on Netflix. Omar Sy stars as Assane Diop, a criminal inspired by the well-known French character Arsène Lupin. Each episode is loosely based on a classic Lupin story. Diop and his father are Senegalese immigrants, and racism plays a major role in the series. Racist language and racist stereotypes are frequently used or implied. Violence runs throughout the series, including fistfights, kidnapping, stabbing, and suicide by hanging. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol. No drug use is shown, but drugs and drug trafficking are a topic. So is pornography, which is mentioned multiple times in one episode in an attempt to embarrass a character. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBelson N. January 29, 2021

Look out for Language and Violence!

It's amazing, no doubt but the language is terrible, many uses of the F bomb as well as some S words and other ruder terms, Lots of violent stabbing, fist-... Continue reading
Adult Written byADisneyFan February 6, 2021

An excellent french Netflix Original

A great serie for families, but too much swearing.
Teen, 14 years old Written by1shielsm isb.be. October 20, 2021

Lupin

This is one of the best tv shows, there is some swearing and some violence but. not graphic at all.
Teen, 14 years old Written byPicklepogchamp August 25, 2021

Great show should be tv-14 not ma

Great show with an amazing plot

What's the story?

Lupin tells the story of a man inspired by a classic French character named Arsène Lupin, the Gentleman Thief. Lupin was created in the early 1900s by author Maurice Leblanc. When a collection of Leblanc's Lupin stories finds its way into the hands of young Senegalese immigrant Assane Diop, it inspires him to become both a thief and a gentleman. As an adult, Diop puts his skills to use in a series of heists that at first seem like high-stakes burglaries, but ultimately reveal a more noble motive in Diop's heart.

Is it any good?

Plenty of crime series feature a Case-of-the-Week: Lupin does something unique in that it offers a Heist-of-the-Week, and each heist serves to fill in a part of Diop's story. Soon enough, the show is ricocheting between the heists, the police frantically trying to catch up with Diop, and flashbacks to the modern gentleman thief's origin story.

Lupin certainly has its flaws. Plenty of heist story cliches get recycled throughout the series, for example, and the writing has a simplistic take on some characters' racist motivations. But ultimately the series pulls off the job with a mix of action and mystery, fast pacing and good will. It's a real crowd-pleaser. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lupin. Who is the title character? How does he fit into the story? What does the series tell us about Lupin's background and place in French culture?

  • What motivates Assane Diop? How does this make him a likeable character? Do his motivations excuse his actions? Why or why not?

  • What is the central mystery of Lupin? What are the clues to what happened? What do you think happened? Why?

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