A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights some Italian cultural traditions, some of which will appear outdated or sexist in today's context. It underscores the importance of friendship and family, but also reinforces some stereotypes of the Italian-American culture.
Positive Role Models
The guys like to be taken care of, and have some sexist attitudes about women. They are also very close and loyal friends who support each other, put family first, and love their moms (and aunts and dads).
Violence & Scariness
There are occasional mild arguments between family members.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some references to "knocking women up." Some of the guys are womanizers; their dates are sometimes disapprovingly referred to as "sluts," "tramps," and "whores." Mothers continually pressure their sons to get married.
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Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. Terms like "breakin' my balls" are frequent.
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Products & Purchases
Lincoln Continentals, Dell computers, and Fila sportswear visible. References to The Men's Wearhouse. Local Bronx neighborhood haunts are also visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (mixed drinks, wine, beer) at bars, social events, and at meals. Cigar and cigarette smoking is also visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mama's Boys of the Bronx -- about thirty-something Italian-American men living at home with their moms -- contains some strong bleeped language ("f--k," "s--t"), drinking, strong sexual references, and cigarette/cigar smoking. It also highlights some sexist attitudes about the role of men and women in society. There are some mild arguments between the men and their parents, but the show also contains positive themes about family and friendship.
Is It Any Good?
The show takes a light-hearted and voyeuristic look at the lives of Italian-American mammonis, specific men of Italian heritage in their 30s and 40s who are employed, successful, attractive, and who proudly remain dependent on their mothers to take care of them until they choose to get married. It also reveals how their mothers (and other parental figures) reinforce this dependency by their desire to have them live at home, and by cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry for them.
What is presented here may appear comical or troubling to some viewers, but it is a lifestyle that has its historical roots in older, more traditional Italian values that encouraged children to remain at home until they got married. It is also one that reinforces the importance of family, as well as largely sexist attitudes about men and women. It's somewhat interesting, and certainly offers an entertaining look at this distinctive segment of the Italian-American community.
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