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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Power Book II: Ghost, a spin-off of the popular series Power, picks up where its parent series left off. There’s lots of gangster-type gun-violence (bloody gunshot wounds are visible), as well as nudity and simulated sex acts. Curses include "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "goddamn." The "N" word is also used. Drugs and the drug trade are major themes, and drinking (wine, cocktails, beer) is visible during meals, parties, and other social functions. Music by 50 Cent and other artists are audible, and logos for BMW, Nike, and other brands are sometimes visible.
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What's the story?
A spin-off of the series Power, POWER BOOK II: GHOST follows Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) as he attempts to help his family while attending college after killing his father. After Tariq murdered drug dealer-turned nightclub owner Ghost (played by Omari Hardwick), his mother Tasha (Naturi Naughton) is taking the fall, and insists that he move forward with his life. Now having to navigate an Ivy League life at Stansfield University, Tariq needs money for his mother’s defense, and considers returning to the trade he’s familiar with.
Is it any good?
This dramatic crime series, which picks up the narrative a few days after the Power finale, shifts the focus away from the family patriarch and centers around Tariq and his mother. Adding to the fray is the double-life Tariq is trying to lead as a college student, which brings with it all the social and romantic turbulence one would expect.
Some Power fans will miss Ghost, but his legacy is evident throughout the series. Meanwhile, the addition of cast members like Monet Stewart Tejada (played by hip hop artist Mary J. Blige) creates the potential for some new rivalries and unexpected plot twists. Overall, Power Book II: Ghost stands on its own, and offers some solid mature entertainment.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the choices Tariq makes throughout Power Book II: Ghost. Are his actions justified? What other options does he have?
How are racial and class distinctions within the Black community addressed? Do they reflect some of the real-life conversations about the Black community taking place today?
Do you think this is a fair continuation of the Power Book series? Did you foresee these events taking place at the culmination of the first installment?
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For kids who love crime thrillers
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