By Monique Jones,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Edgy crime drama has sex, profanity, triggering violence.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series gives viewers a chance to empathize with people from all walks of life who want to live within better means, regardless of the types of occupations (or criminal activity) that might embroil them. Despite the severity of the decisions the characters in Snabba Cash might make, they all desire to achieve success, proving that people have similar wants and hopes in life.
Positive Role Models
Leya wants to take care of her son and rise above their current lifestyle by making it big in the entrepreneurial world. Leya tries to shield her son from the drug dealer life that killed his father.
Violence & Scariness
Gang violence including shooting in public places such as a mall, restaurant, and an empty alleyway. Triggering images result from the gang violence shown, such as dead, bleeding bodies and gunshots. A motorcycle is vandalized by being doused in gasoline and set on fire. A prior death from gang violence is mentioned.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scenes, including undressing and straddling, are present. Sexually-themed insults, including imagery of oral sex ("your dad's c--k in my mouth") and other sexual acts ("t-t f--k"), are part of some character dialogue.
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Swear words and phrases like "shit," "bitch," "hell," "f--k," "eye f---ed," "t-t f--k," "c--k," "c--t," "c--ksucker," "f---ing," "f---ed," "piss off," "bulls--t," "f--ks," "f---er." Slang that could be considered discriminatory or problematic such as "ghetto" is included, as well as slang that could be considered ableist to certain viewers, such as "stupid." A rude gesture -- the middle finger -- is used.
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Products & Purchases
Series is all about the lengths people go to to get rich.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes involving snorting and smoking cocaine as well as those involving alcohol. Scenes with drug peddling are shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snabba Cash is a Swedish crime drama on Netflix that follows people in the entrepreneurial and criminal worlds as they try to make fast money. The series is heavy on swearing, and uses everything from "fuck" and "shit" to "c--t" and "c--ksucker. There is also plenty of drugs and violence, including a scene in the first episode that depicts a gang-related shooting in a mall. The series also has sex scenes and lewd sex talk, as well as scenes in which illegal activity like selling and buying drugs takes place.
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What's the Story?
SNABBA CASH follows Leya (Evin Ahmad), a woman who works at a restaurant and supports a burgeoning startup that she hopes will become the next big thing. Her life becomes intertwined with Salim (Alexander Abdallah), a wedding singer who moonlights as a member of a local drug ring led by Ravy (Dada Fungula Bozela), the uncle to Leya's son. Troubled pre-teen Tim (Ali Alarik) becomes indebted to Salim for money he needs to replace a motorcycle he burned to defend his girlfriend's honor. The characters all circle around each other in their pursuits to become rich and powerful.
Is It Any Good?
Snabba Cash is a snappy, punchy reboot of a series of popular films from Sweden that followed several characters as they did whatever they could to reach the top of capitalist success. This spin-off series offers an updated version of the story through an inclusive lens. Instead of Joel Kinnaman leading the story, as was the case in the film version, Ahmad leads as a female entrepreneur doing her best to stay financially afloat as she pursues startup success. Not only is Ahmad shaking up the Snabba Cash film series as a female protagonist, but she's also of Middle Eastern descent, as are other characters in the series, including Salim (Abdallah), a wedding singer and gang member. Fungula Bozela rounds out the main cast as Ravy, the gang leader Salim affiliates himself with. Shifting the focus to Sweden's actors of color keeps the story contemporary with Hollywood's changing tides.
The edgy, stylistic nature of the series also backs up the hardcore storyline. A cinéma vérité style of filming makes viewers feel as if they're briskly following the characters who are trying to chase the next big thing. The viewers are made to feel like they can't keep up with the characters' obsessed focus on money and power, and it helps sell the idea that these characters are too narrowly-focused on their pursuits, to the point of failing to check in with their own emotional needs. Case in point: Sailm shoots a rival gang member and the moment haunts him. As the deaths keep piling up, Salim becomes more mentally unstable. But instead of confiding in Ravy, who offers a listening ear, Salim chooses to self-medicate with cocaine. While the series' dissection of the failures of capitalism is intriguing -- such as pointing out that the allure of capitalism can force people to extreme ends to achieve a false feeling of security through material gain -- it's also a lot to stomach at once. This unease is partly because of the filming style, but mostly because of the amount of violence. Seeing how America is still in the throes of suffering from a gun violence epidemic, including mass shootings, it's shocking and triggering to see shootings happen in public places in Snabba Cash, such as a populated shopping mall. But once you get past the show's penchant for up-close shooting scenes, the themes about the dangers of capitalism are interesting to ruminate on.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the dangers of pursuing wealth at any cost. What mistakes do the characters in Snabba Cash make while trying to get rich?
How does capitalism harm or help the characters of Snabba Cash?
How does each character's humanity get explored in the series, particularly Salim, Ravy, and other characters involved in crime? How does personal tragedy motivate the characters? How does that allow audiences to empathize with the characters?
How does the urgency of the show's filming style fit with the story?
- Premiere date: April 7, 2021
- Cast: Evin Ahmad, Alexander Abdallah, Dada Fungula Bozela, Ali Alarik
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Drama
- Character Strengths: Empathy
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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