Parents' Guide to

Super Pumped

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Language, bullying in absorbing series on ride-sharing rise.

TV Showtime Drama 2022
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Hundreds of millions around the world have used ride-sharing apps, and this absorbing show investigates one of the morally questionable companies that made that happen. One of the best things about Super Pumped is all the tech gossip: Mark Zuckerberg gave a "chunk of preferred" stock to his sister Randi in an early round of Facebook funding; a 22-year-old Kalanick was sued out of business in his first company by notorious former Disney head Mike Ovitz. Showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Billions), along with Beth Schacter, pick and choose from the best anecdotes from Isaac's book; for instance, when transportation officials in Portland, Oregon, start hailing Ubers to serve drivers with huge fines and impound their cars, Kalanick and the gang use their app to secretly block specific individuals while giving the appearance that a ride is on the way. Howling with delight, the Uber cronies watch the app working malevolently from a meeting room: "Ghost cars served up 24/7!" crows narrator Quentin Tarantino.

Oh, did we not mention Quentin Tarantino does some of the bro-down narration? If there's one thing Super Pumped is, it's stuffed with five-star talent: not just Levitt and Chandler and Thurman but Fred Armisen making an appearance as a peeved Portland politico, Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire) as an Uber insider, Elisabeth Shue (The Boys) as Kalanick's mom Bonnie, Hank Azaria (The Simpsons) as Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Ben Feldman (Mad Men) playing Google co-founder Larry Page, among other familiar faces. If things ever lag plotwise, not to worry -- there'll be a huge star along any minute to bring up the wattage. It all adds up to a fascinating spectacle that surely will echo in the minds of the many, many ride sharers on the road.

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