Parents' Guide to

Pistol

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Iconic punk band biopic is as edgy as its music.

TV Hulu Drama 2022
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The fun, edgy, and nostalgic biopic chronicles the journey of Sex Pistols founding member and lead guitarist Steve Jones as he and his friends led the late 1970s U.K. punk rock scene. It reveals how the band chaotically rose to popularity and weathered changes (including the replacement of original bassist Glen Matlock with Sid Vicious, played by Louis Partridge) during it's nearly three-year run, while highlighting the significant role that manager Malcolm McLaren and controversial designer Vivienne Westwood played in shaping and marketing the band as a gritty artistic representative of anarchy and revolutionary action. Meanwhile, it also offers some insight into what life as part of the punk subculture was like, and showcases some of its iconic members, like then up-and-coming American singer Chrissie Hynde (Sydney Chandler) before she became the lead singer of The Pretenders, and Jordan (Maisie Williams), a character based on the real-life Jordan Mooney, one of Westwood's models and a prominent fixture in the British punk scene. Overall, Pistol presents an entertainingly high-strung narrative that shows how a group of "lost" working-class men became one of the most influential bands in music history, and how they attracted other misfits of their generation.

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