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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Lots of the videos feature stunts that are silly, gross, and/or extremely dangerous -- which is likely to make them very appealing to teens (particularly boys). Remind kids that they shouldn't be trying any of this at home.
Positive Role Models
Many of the people featured here don't use their best judgment and do some pretty dumb things. Sometimes the videos -- and the hosts -- incorporate racist and classist remarks.
Violence & Scariness
Videos show people crashing into things, falling from high places, getting shot with various objects, and getting cut with sharp objects. Sometimes people are shown purposely getting hit, punched, and kicked as the result of a prank. The injured are often shown dazed or yelling and screaming in pain. Bloody wounds are often visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of men are shown in their underwear (including partially visible thongs); nudity is blurred.
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Words like "crap" and "hell" are audible, while stronger curse words ("s--t;," "f--k") are bleeped. Derogatory comments like "white trash" are used by the hosts. Racial epithets like "cracker" and "poor white trash" are also shown.
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Products & Purchases
Most labels are blurred, but some of the "blurring" misses its mark. As a result, brands like 7Up soda and Jack Daniels Whisky are sometimes visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some segments feature people falling down drunk or engaging in drunken brawls. Other people end up doing dangerous stunts after they've had a few drinks.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sophomoric series mixes comedy sketches with user-generated online videos. The video clips can be quite violent, with images that range from people kicking and punching each other for laughs to folks accidentally crashing into steel structures, flipping over high ledges, and tumbling down steep mountains. People are heard screaming in pain, and bloody wounds are often shown. Some of these stunts are apparently fueled by alcohol, and people are shown drunk in some videos. Words like "crap" and "hell" are audible (as are racist/classist comments like "cracker" and "white trash"), while curses like "f--k" are bleeped. Remind kids that the stunts they see here can lead to serious injuries and should not be copied.
Is It Any Good?
Smash Cuts' online video segments are intended to entertain viewers with silly gags and shocking accidents -- some of which have previously aired on other video segment shows like Pranked. But embedding the hosts' banter/comedy sequences into some of these clips doesn't really make them any funnier.
Many of the featured stunts put people in real danger and shouldn't be attempted. Meanwhile, some videos -- as well as some of the hosts' jokes -- incorporate strong sexual innuendo and inappropriately racist and classist comments. Teens mature enough to handle it may find something to laugh at here, but the overall content isn't suitable for younger kids.
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