Parents' Guide to

Red Oaks

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Retro comedy mixes sex, drugs, and drinking for laughs.

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Executive produced by Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, Red Oaks feels like a love letter to the raunchy sex comedies of the 1980s, which admittedly might not appeal to everyone. But those who pine for al fresco debauchery and gratuitous boob shots -- not to mention a nostalgic soundtrack -- will find a sufficiently addictive series with memorable characters and great performances, in particular from the highly quotable Esmer and Josh Meyers (the brother of SNL alum and late-night host Seth).

Red Oaks isn't aimed at younger audiences, so any positive messages stemming from David's burgeoning self-awareness come with a heaping side of strong language, partying, and sex. Any one of those elements could distract teens from the series' more thoughtful takeaways, but the presence of all three points decidedly toward precaution, making Red Oaks a series that's better saved for adults.

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