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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Prank Encounters is a hidden-camera series hosted by Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo that features people being terrorized during well-orchestrated pranks. There's lots of violent (albeit fictitious) events, ranging from attacks from monster-type beings to people being murdered or found dead. Blood and gore is often visible, and there's a discussion about the death of a child. When people get pranked, they often respond with lots of screaming and strong cursing including "s--t" and "f--k." Some gags include the simulated administration of narcotics. There's definitely a conversation to be had between parents and kids about pranks in general, and when they can go too far.
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What's the story?
PRANK ENCOUNTERS is a hidden-camera show that places people in their own personal tale of horror. Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo sets up elaborate pranks with the help of actors, "hiring" two unsuspecting victims to do jobs at two separate locations. As the events unfold, the two complete strangers cross paths, and find themselves having to deal with some weird and scary circumstances together. Matarazzo follows all the events from a remote location, but reveals himself at the height of the fray.
Is it any good?
This fun but uneven comedy series gets its laughs by showing how unsuspecting people react to the weird, outlandish, and downright freaky events they are made to face while doing what they believe is their job. The gags are well developed, but a few unfold a bit slowly, and others seem more goofy than scary. While some of the victims of these hijinks seem truly overwhelmed by what is happening, others don't appear as convinced. Nonetheless, Prank Encounters has its share of funny moments and is amusing enough to keep prank lovers entertained. There's definitely a conversation to be had with kids about pranks in general, and when they can go too far.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about pulling pranks on people. How do you know when you're being funny, and when you're taking it too far?
How much time and organization does each gag featured on Prank Encounters require in order for it to go smoothly? What is the hardest part of each prank to pull off?
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