A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
We all need a little hope. Don't give up on yourself. Ask for help. If you're missing something on the inside, how can you find it on the outside? Develop your own sense of self esteem and meaning. Keep looking for answers.
Positive Role Models
Calcare is a chaotic, manically contemplative Italian guy, who tries to better himself even if he's really cynical about life and his place in it.
This show takes place in Italy, and there's not a tremendous amount of ethnic representation besides in the Italian community.
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Violence & Scariness
Some brutal images of bombing and stabbing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lewd talk about sex, some sexual images (penis image on a book), usually used in crass jokes.
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Frequent use of swear words and lewd language: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "blow job," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Netflix, MSN, Yogi Bear, Twitter, Star Wars movies are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer, smoke joints, and drunkenness and being high is rather common.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tear Along the Dotted Line is a fast-paced adult animated series based on an Italian comic by an artist named Zerocalcare. It can be viewed either in Italian with English subtitles or British English voiceover. It's an edgy slice-of-life type of show; smoking "300 joints," going to a concert, being unable to talk to a girl named Alice, and regretting it for the next 15 years is the basic vibe here. Expect manic, darkly humorous observations on life, love, society's expectations, and musings on anything from the smell of "piss" in the men's room (where it's "like Vietnam," you just want to get out alive) to wondering about the proper pace of text exchanges with a romantic interest.
Is It Any Good?
Adults who crave a dose of gallows humor and late-night mental gymnastics will enjoy this show's darkly funny moments and snappy pace. Viewers of Tear Along the Dotted Line should know that the Italian language version of this series moves so quickly, the average reader may struggle to keep pace with the stream-of-consciousness banter flickering by in the subtitle line. This can feel stressful even to the viewer who's interested in the authentic, Italian version of the show. For a more leisurely experience, the dubbed English version works well. Some Italian references may be lost in translation, but viewers might gain in comprehension what could otherwise get lost in the speedy subtitles.
This show has intellectual, philosophical undertones. The protagonist, Calcare, can't resist commenting on scenarios that confront him every day. He's a socially-awkward cynic, who tends to spin his wheels a revolution too many. Political references, literary references, and cultural references might float over many teens' heads. This is not Rick Steves' Italy, which is, actually, part of the appeal.
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