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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nowhere Boys is an Australian drama series about four teens with nothing in common who are thrown together by mysterious events that change their lives forever. The story is rooted in the paranormal, raising the specter of demons and supernatural powers, among other things. There are some tense moments and surprises, none of which is worrisome for the intended teen audience. The roles are earnestly acted and the writing is sharp, letting viewers settle into the scintillating story with little distraction. Expect to see some physical closeness between teens (hand-holding, hugging, etc.) and to hear some mild name-calling, but overall it's pleasant content from this drama series.
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What's the story?
In NOWHERE BOYS, a high school field trip to the Australian countryside takes an unexpected turn for four mismatched teens assigned to a group project. Jake (Matthew Testro), Sam (Rahart Sadiqzai), Andy (Joel Lok), and Felix (Dougie Baldwin) are reluctant to team up given that none knows any of the other three, and just as they're settling into some kind of a working relationship, an accident strands them in the bush overnight. Upon returning home, they're shocked to discover that they've arrived in a parallel universe where no one knows them and there's no record of their ever having existed.
Is it any good?
This award-winning Australian drama series is slow to get started but picks up speed as the characters' supernatural predicament develops. Faced with the knowledge that they're anonymous even to their families all of a sudden, the guys retreat to the unlikely safe haven of their camaraderie, and their differences -- initially prominent and divisive -- fade away. In this way, Nowhere Boys is a positive tool for parents' discussions with teens about the pitfalls of making judgments about people.
What will sell teens on the show, though, is the drama and mystery that unfolds a little at a time, hinting at layers of secrets whose answers hold the key to the characters' plight. It's mildly addictive and highly entertaining, especially with regard to the boys' very distinctive personalities finding cohesion over time.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the idea of the paranormal. Do you think the events in Nowhere Boys are plausible? Will we ever understand or identify all of the unknowns of the universe? Have you ever experienced an event or force you couldn't explain?
What accounts for the boys' change of heart about each other? Is stereotyping something you see causing problems in the real world? How does it stand in contradiction to positive human qualities like compassion? What other character strengths help people get along?
Teens: Do you like shows and movies with mystery and some scares? How different are your reactions to scares that are realistic (violence, kidnapping, etc.) and those that are less so (the paranormal)?
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