Ozark

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Dark drama has loads of drugs, violence, sex, cartel crime.

Netflix Drama 2017

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 18+

Marginalization and ridicule of mountain folk to wag the dog. Tired tropes and filth.

Gratuitous in every way. Drug cartels are not exactly a cheerful subject, but this show uses it as an excuse to mitigate and highlight dismal and depressing content from start to finish. Filthy language, murder, mayhem, and sex paired with lazy writing is the order of the day. Much of the dialogue touted as being provincially representative in the story is completely incorrect. Sometimes the writers include words in the order in which they are used by real people in the region the story is set in. But they frequently get the meaning or inferences dead wrong. Further laziness is evidenced by the fact that the show purports to wag the dog by telling the story of how very modern violent gangster-movie things are happening in a backwards country setting by drug-dealing gangster hillbillies. It uses the fact that nowadays small towns are often the setting of such things, things that are paradigmatically big-city things. Modern tragedy and a modicum of situational truth is exploited to feign gravitas while the most rank stereotypes and trite, tired tropes are used to tell the story. The tried-and-true (not to mention old and overly used) method of marginalizing and ridiculing mountain people in the story who do most of the suffering, living, dying, working, and providing of the story is ironic due to the fact that the trope of the laziness of mountain folk is only true in this case of the people in charge of producing this terrible product.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 18+

Made for sociopaths and narcissists

Nothing worth watching unless you’re into watching nothing but a bunch of druggie sociopaths and narcissists.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

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