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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Nobody can be trusted and violence lurks around every corner.
Positive Role Models
All of the characters are deceitful and apparently willing to turn to violence if needed.
Both of the main characters are women. One of the more central characters is Black and a peripheral character is Native American.
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Violence & Scariness
Multiple killings are shown on screen, starting with a very graphic depiction of an active shooter in a restaurant that ends with 3 people shot dead and shows a woman being stabbed through the hand and a man's throat being slit. People are stalked and cyber-bullied. Other's are hit with blunt objects, kidnapped, and ultimately murdered. There's a pervasive sense of peril throughout the series as characters are chased and trapped. Domestic violence is also depicted.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, it's implied that a character is interested in spending the night with someone she met in a bar.
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Repeated use of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "damn," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults spend a night having drinks in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pieces of Her, starring Bella Heathcote and Toni Collette (Knives Out), is an action thriller with a lot of violence and a near constant sense of peril. People are harmed or killed often, starting with a depiction of an active shooter situation in a restaurant that ends with graphic displays of people being shot and stabbed. People are stalked, kidnapped, hurt and killed in multiple ways for the rest of the series. Domestic violence is depicted and profanity is used often, including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "damn."
Is It Any Good?
Despite a gripping and finely acted opening act, this series fails to deliver on the type of artful suspense and nuance it hints at early on. Pieces of Her starts off with a bang, and even manages to do something interesting with the prototypical action thriller by centering around a mother-daughter relationship, but that's where the positives end. As we're drawn deeper into this violent and increasingly convoluted story, it becomes harder and harder to keep caring. Overstuffed with flashbacks and tired action scenes, the show feels too long and the viewer wonders if the book may have been better served being made into a movie instead. Despite the prolonged journey, we learn frustratingly little about the characters and what's going on in their heads. Laura, played by Toni Collette, is particularly hard to connect and empathize with because so much of her story is hidden from view until the very end. When all is finally revealed, the elicited response is more of a collective shrug than a gasp.
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