Sintonia

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Soapy Brazilian teen crime drama has sex, violence.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Though the positive messages are initially hard to come by, the show sets up plenty of room for moral/ethical growth for each of the main characters as they navigate their way through young adulthood.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main characters are all connected to crime in one way or another, though some of them learn to make better choices over the course of the series. Each of them also shares a connection to religion.

Violence

Violence is often present, mostly around drug trafficking and the police. People are murdered with guns, and one character is beaten up in the street by a group of women.

Sex

There is frequent sexual content, including simulated sex, sex talk, and other sexual situations. There's no nudity, though some scenes do feature the ojectification of women's bodies.

Language

Profanity is frequent and shows up in the subtitles: "f--k," the "c-word," "s--t," "ass," etc. 

Consumerism

Consumerism is limited to the Brazillian music scene, and glimpses behind the scene of how the business works.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Though Sintonia is a show about drug dealers, drug use is shown on screen sparingly. Characters drink, smoke, and party with marijuana and alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sintonia is a Brazillian crime drama about three young friends, each with connections to music and drug trafficking. Profanity is used, and characters drink and smoke marijuana. Drug use is shown infrequently, but since the show is about drug dealers, a lot of drugs and drug trafficking are shown. Sexual content includes simulated sex and discussion of sex acts -- no nudity. Violence is a major part of this show, including gun violence between the police and drug dealers, physical assault, and murder.

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What's the story?

Friends since childhood, Rita, Doni, and Nando live in a neighborhood of São Paulo, Brazil where crime is rampant in SINTONIA. Nando is heavily involved in local drug trafficking. Rita sells drugs and has other street hustles to make money. Doni is a funk ostentação singer and writer trying to break into the music industry. The three friends help each other navigate the often dangerous worlds of drugs and music.

Is it any good?

This series was created by popular Brazillian music video director and record label owner KondZilla, and it sadly has all the sheen of a music video without the thematic or character depth to make it really pop. The idea of a group of friends who aspire to be musical artists but make a living through drug trafficking is interesting, but the show's beats are mostly well-worn plot elements lifted from other, better, crime movies and television. The high energy level keeps Sintonia entertaining on a melodramatic level, but never allows the plot to dig deep enough into the characters to make them truly compelling.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the three main characters: Rita, Doni, and Nando. How are they similar to one another? How are they different? What is each of their relationships to music? To drug trafficking? To religion? How do you expect them to behave, based on what you know?

  • How does Brazil differ from America? How Sao Paolo depicted? Does it line up with your image of Brazil? How does Brazilian culture inform the characters' actions?

  • What do you learn about the Brazilian music scene and music industry from Sintonia? How does music motivate the characters' positive and negative actions?

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