Parents' Guide to

Mozart in the Jungle

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Sex, drugs, and classical music in mature online series.

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age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Mozart in the Jungle is a good education for teens and above looking to venture into a career in the performing arts workd

Mozart in the Jungle is very eye-opening, loosely based on the book with the same title, about the situations and personalities encountered in the world of professional musicianship. It is full of egos, full of competition (and therefore conniving characters), full of temptation (sex and drugs, which entice not everyone, but definitely a potential pitfall), and full of disappointment and rejection (except for the lucky few). I think any high schooler contemplating a career as a musician or performer should watch this show. Not everyone will have the breadth of experiences depicted in the 4 seasons of this show, but behind every diva and salty exterior is always a real human, and the show manages to capture the humanity of almost every character in the show.

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Too much swearing
age 17+

Sex scenes not fit for children

10 minutes into the first episode there are multiple brief sex scenes as she describes how different musicians have sex. Children learning to respect their bodies and the importance/value of sex within a marriage, and healthy sexual relationships should not be exposed to such filth; no story is worth that in my opinion. I would consider this NC-17 at best. Just because sex is becoming more common and "accepted" amongst teens these days, doesn't mean it should be accepted as "ok" and shared with kids. Personally, I won't be watching it myself either.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Mozart in the Jungle isn't the only original series from Amazon Studios to harness the power of established stars (see also: Transparent), but its credentialed cast is certainly impressive and exciting, from McDowell and Bernal, who play the dueling maestros in a battle of then vs. now, to Tony winner Bernadette Peters, who plays the chair of the symphony board -- not to mention Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers, who penned the script. Several well-known classical musicians make cameos, too, making Mozart feel a little like Smash with a highbrow twist.

But, much like Smash, which drew a small but loyal audience of Broadway fans before it was ultimately canceled, Mozart might suffer from limited appeal, even in spite of its attempts to spice up classical music's stuffy image with sex and drugs aplenty. For consenting adults, there's enough here to like, but, for impressionable teens -- particularly those with aspirations to play music professionally -- Mozart roundly sets the wrong tone.

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