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Luna's parents want the best for her and make big life changes to try to give it to her, but this isn't the main plot of the show. Instead, there is lots of lying and scheming.
Positive Role Models
Luna and her parents are hardworking people who care about each other but many of the characters cheat others badly.
The show is set in Mexico and then Buenos Aires. Two of the main characters are adopted. Actors are from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and other Latin American countries.
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Violence & Scariness
There's a lot of soap opera type meanness. A group of mean girls routinely make fun of others, including a girl they call a nerd for always reading. A girl is pushed into a pool with skates on and a boy has to save her from drowning. The drama isn't very real looking, so isn't scary, but the terrible behavior is pervasive. People die in a fire before the story starts and more fires are started later but no one is hurt. Adults and teenagers lie, scheme, and manipulate. A story is told about a man kidnapping a baby and demanding a ransom.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Who's dating who is an ongoing plot line. There are very traditional gender roles with the boys as the pursuers, the girls as either coy or scheming to get the boy.
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Insult language like "nerd."
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Products & Purchases
One of the families featured is extremely wealthy. They drive fancy cars, have mansions with full staffs, and are portrayed as vapid and greedy. The daughter's peers look up to her because of her wealth. Two of the girls have a popular social media channel called "Fab and Chic" in which they glorify judging people by how they look, where they go, and who their friends are.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Soy Luna is a telenovela-style teen drama set in Cancun and Buenos Aires. The parents of the main character, Luna, want the best for her and make big life changes for her benefit, but that isn't the main plot of the show. Who's dating who is also an ongoing plot line with very stereotypical gender roles in which the boys are the pursuers and the girls are either coy or scheming. There's a lot of soap opera-type meanness, including a group of girls who routinely make fun of others. A girl is pushed into a pool and a boy has to save her from drowning. The drama isn't very realistic, so isn't scary, but bad behavior is pervasive. People die in a fire before the story starts and more fires are started later but no one is hurt. Adults and teenagers lie, scheme, and manipulate.
Is It Any Good?
Teen soap operas aren't anything new, but this one comes not only with an extreme level of drama, but also half of its cast on roller skates. With an astounding 80 episodes per season, it's no wonder that Soy Luna has to go over the top to keep coming up with storylines. There's an incredible amount of scheming, kidnappings, false identities, and even multiple arsons. The dialogue is overly simplistic, and the characters decidedly one note, resulting in many cringe-worth moments. But there's also an effervescent quality to the young cast and the gorgeous scenery of Cancun and Buenos Aires that makes it hard to look away at first. With so many episodes available, pre-teen viewers are sure to tire of this one eventually -- but it might not happen as soon as you'd expect.
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