Parents' Guide to

Nine Perfect Strangers

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Language, drugs, and mystery in so-so soapy drama.

TV Hulu Drama 2021
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 15+

Just loved every minute of it!

Really interesting plot Great combination of characters and backstories. Had me on the edge of my seat. Awesome acting, loved Melissa Macarthy!
age 18+

This is rated 18+ on Amazon for a reason

This show should have at least 4 bullets for sex not 2. There is actually quite a lot more then just the simple mention of sex like common sense media would have you believe. Like a LOT more. Whoever did the rating for this show should be fired for being so bad at their job. I used to really trust and rely on this site when trying to decide if I wanted to watch something. Obviously will not come here for information about a show anymore. Way, way off.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (2 ):

It's clearly cut from the same cloth as soapy stunner Big Little Lies, but this drama about a super-secretive wellness resort suffers from a lackluster story, though the cast is choice, and game. Part of Nine Perfect Strangers' problem lies in its setting, where the stressed city dwellers who come together for (they hope!) renewal and relaxation; set free from the cares of their everyday lives, the spa-goers have nothing to do but talk. And so they do! In Liane Moriarity's novel, of course, the soliloquies are the inner thoughts of the characters and go down smoothly; in the TV adaptation, we get dialogue instead, and so much of it. Characters are always announcing who they are and summing up their lives to each other in Nine Perfect Strangers, and it comes off as inauthentic and clumsy. Even powerhouse actors like Regina Hall and Michael Shannon have trouble making their awkwardly expository lines work.

Still, Nine Perfect Strangers is beautiful to look at, and does carry with it the promise of dramatic secrets held back and then revealed as the season progresses. No spoilers here, but it's a pretty unusual twist. It also knows exactly what to do with Nicole Kidman, who's always had an otherworldly, removed air on-screen. Here, her Masha is ethereal, a little menacing, leading her charges to places they think they want to go and then taking them just a little too far. It's all pleasantly soapy, and if it's not perfect, well, you could do worse when you go looking for a guilty-pleasure drama with actors you already know and enjoy.

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