Major Lazer

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Bizarre dystopian animation glorifies marijuana, partying.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

This bizarre show presents drug use in a positive light, implying that the effects of marijuana enhance, rather than inhibit, many aspects of daily life. The governing system strives to disrupt citizens' enjoyment of parties and music, and they look like villains for it. 

Positive role models & representations

Major Lazer is as laid-back as they come, but he jumps into action whenever his friends or fellow partiers are in trouble. Penny doesn't back down from a fight but typically defers to Major Lazer's advice or plans. The carefree atmosphere in most scenes puts few rules on the characters' behavior, leading to liberal sexual experimentation and copious drug use.

Violence

Weapons (knives, guns) are visible. Major Lazer's arm has a built-in laser gun. Explosions, plus skeletons and other mildly frightening figures.  

Sex

Lots of kissing, including some same-sex exchanges. Teen girls often wear tight clothes that show off their breasts, cleavage, and butts. Provocative dancing. Occasionally scenes show couples simulating sex while fully clothed. 

Language

"Bitch," "s--t," "ass," "p---y," and "Jesus." Stronger words ("f--k") are edited.   

Consumerism

The show is inspired by a music project of the same name, which provides the soundtrack to the stories. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Many characters state an interest in getting high and experimenting with marijuana. There's also drinking in clubs and dance halls. Being high causes characters to act differently from what they otherwise would, which is seen as a net positive. Even when the drug has a negative effect (as when Penny experiences a "bad trip"), there are no negative consequences.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Major Lazer is an adult-themed cartoon that presents drinking and drug use (mostly marijuana) in an appealing light. Characters, including teens, are shown smoking marijuana and getting high, which is meant for recreation and relaxation. Parties often are set in a strip club, and there's a lot of casual kissing, physical contact (including between same-sex partners), and some simulated sex with clothes on. Salty language is another concern; "bitch," "ass," "s--t," and "p---y," are common; "f--k" is edited. Expect a fair amount of violence with laser guns, knives, and other weapons. Clearly this isn't a show for kids or tweens, and even though some mature teens can handle its content, there's nothing of value for them here. 

User Reviews

Adult Written bysamim1 May 14, 2015
Adult Written byPennDisneyCEO May 11, 2015

My Major Lazer Review

Not mush to go with it, but i think this is just yet another one of those bad animation shows you can think of.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMAZTRPEAC3 June 23, 2015

Great show that brings nostalgia with older cartoons, some drug use

The show has no nudity, uses some profanity, but overall has positive messages. Major Lazer is a superhero in a post-apocaliptic Jamaica where there is a corru... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old June 8, 2015

Awful, and dumb show is weird but extremely vulgar, racy, is drug filed, and salty.

My rating:R for nudity, strong racy content throughout, language, drug use.

What's the story?

MAJOR LAZER is an animated series based on the reggae-inspired electronic music project of the same name. It centers on a larger-than-life superhero named Major Lazer (voiced by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), who's the citizens' first line of defense in standing up to the cruel and domineering President Whitewall (J.K. Simmons) and General Rubbish (James Adomian) in a futuristic Jamaica. Along with Whitewall's daughter, Penny (Angela Trimbur), and her friend BLKMRKT (John Boyega), Major Lazer fights for justice against the nefarious forces of the government and anyone else who threatens individual freedom, particularly the freedom to party.

Is it any good?

This bizarre series presents a dystopian society that's dominated by clubbing, raves, and a thriving cannabis culture that encourages this party lifestyle. Its villains are so cast partly because they want to squelch the people's good time, the standout hero plots their upheaval (when he's not high as a kite himself, that is), and his compatriots are two teens who just want to party and smoke weed without fear of being caught. In other words, the line between right and wrong is hazy at best, and rooting for the hero doesn't always feel right.

That said, Major Lazer is geared toward a mature audience, so its viewers shouldn't have trouble realizing the irony in this convoluted plot and motley characters. There's nothing of real value in the story for teens, but if yours do watch, it can generate some discussion about issues such as legalized marijuana and individual rights vs. societal responsibility.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this show presents marijuana (and other drug) use. Is there any positive quality to it? Have recent changes in the law altered how you feel about marijuana and its potential harm? 

  • How much control should a governing body have over our personal and recreational choices? At what point do a person's individual rights infringe on those of a greater society? Does banning a product or practice truly eliminate the threats associated with it? 

  • What, if any, message is this show trying to illustrate about the evolution of a future society? Can we take any lessons from the dystopia the show presents? 

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