Parents' Guide to

The Brink

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Crude political parody ultimately lacks smarts, wit.

TV HBO Comedy 2015
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The dark comedy series attempts to recreate the Cold War-like satire of Dr. Strangelove with edgier, more modern-day cynicism as it paints an absurd picture of American foreign politics, incompetent characters, and offbeat situations. But outside the sex, drugs, and crude gags, the show lacks the thoughtful, well-written irony necessary for it it be considered smart or insightful. It's too bad, because the cast is top-notch, and with better material stars Robbins and Black could shine.

There's no shortfall of stereotypes here, ranging from the Middle-Eastern-religious-zealot-turned-terrorist to the Asian prostitute. Though some are offered within the context of political parody, others just feel like cheap, gratuitous attempts at getting a laugh. Some may find a bit of humor here, but overall The Brink falls short.

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