A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The story puts a rosy spin on a (fictional) celebrity's public-image woes and subsequent second chance at being a positive role model. Although the plot is unlikely at best, the overall message is that it's never too late to do a good deed, and there might be surprising satisfaction in it, regardless of who you are. On the downside, the show makes light of issues like adults drunk on the job and other illegal activity.
Positive Role Models
Marcus turns a personal setback into an opportunity to make a difference in other people's lives. He uses his experiences to inspire his students to work hard and fulfill their potential, even when his popularity suffers because of it. Other characters are less idyllic, including a principal who hates his job and barely tolerates the students, a teacher who flirts with her coworkers in front of students, and an agent whose only goal is to get his client back into the limelight. A few stereotypes exist (moochy friends from the 'hood, a conniving agent, and lazy teens, for example).
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of flirting among single adults and subtle references to their desire for sex. (A man invites a woman to take a nap in his room with his help, for instance.) Joking implications of infidelity. A female teacher dresses in low-cut tops and tight skirts to draw looks and often pursues younger men.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mr. Box Office centers on a fictional celebrity who, after a brush with the law, finds surprising fulfillment serving as a teacher and role model at a local high school. At a time when kids' media role models often headline negative news stories, the show elicits hope in the power of second chances. Content-wise there isn't much to worry about beyond flirting and some suggestive remarks, so tweens should be fine. Expect some "normal" teen behavior (talking back to an authority figure, being rude to a classmate), all of which comes across as funny rather than inappropriate.
Is It Any Good?
MR. BOX OFFICE takes a comical look at the fall and subsequent rise of a (fictional) celebrity, but it does so with a surprisingly sentimental element to the main character's evolution. Here's a guy fully ingrained in the atmosphere of fame who winds up thriving in a new, more meaningful life challenge. What's more, he values this change because he realizes his duties as a role model... Yes, the plot is contrived (a movie star who just happens to have a teaching license stashed away?), and the story is often pretty corny, but there is some value in the story of a fish-out-of-water celebrity who values a less conspicuous kind of success.
Despite a talented cast, though, Mr. Box Office comes up short on sharp writing, production value, and general originality, with a plot that bears the marks of Welcome Back, Kotter, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and a handful of other sitcoms that preceded it. It's not destined to be a classic, but it does take a curious look at the nature of fame and ask you to ponder the definition of success, both of which are good points of discussion with your tweens.
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