A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages are satirical and may be harder for some viewers to spot, but they are there: clueless rich people are the main target of mockery here, and we understand that others are hurt by their actions.
Positive Role Models
Characters are complicated and most are not role models. Whitney and Asher believe they mean well, but it's clear that their motives and methods are not always positive. People do bad things to each other on this show, and it's funny but also scathing.
The main characters of this show are White, rich, and conventionally attractive; there are many side characters of color, but they're usually a foil to show how awful the White people are.
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Violence & Scariness
Some horror movie elements, like spooky music, dark and foreboding places, and supernatural allusions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scenes are surprisingly graphic: A man holds a vibrator between a woman's legs as she writhes and moans (she's wearing underwear and a tank top); he asks her to "finish" and we see his hands moving as if he's masturbating (he is fully clothed and we see no private parts). In another scene, we see a man's penis as he urinates, and there's a lot of body-shaming talk about small penises.
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Cursing is frequent: "f--k," "s--t," "goddammit."
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Products & Purchases
The Siegels are hemorrhaging money on their town project; lots of talk about money being loaned and spent, and lots of visuals of houses with fancy features like a reflective outside surface (that's also a visual metaphor for the show).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol at gatherings; no one acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Curse is a series about a wealthy couple that begins flipping houses in a small New Mexico community while making a reality TV show. Sexual content is graphic: a man holds a sex toy between a woman's legs as she writhes and moans; meanwhile he masturbates while kneeling at the foot of the bed and asking her to "finish." Both are fully clothed, but it's a long scene with lots of realistic noises that parents and kids might be embarrassed to watch together. In a nonsexual scene, we see a man's penis for several seconds as he urinates and there's a lot of body-shaming talk about men with smaller penises (which also plays a part in the story's narrative). Language is frequent: "f--k," "s--t," "goddammit." Characters are complicated, with mixed motives, and marginalized people -- often people of color -- are used as props, which can be cringey to watch. There are positive messages here, but they're satirical and often accompanied by comic or horror beats, so some viewers may have trouble figuring out just who's being spoofed.
Is It Any Good?
The title of this show is a fine metaphor for its unique and often cringey charms: Just who's cursed and who's cursing the troubled New Mexico town in which it's set? The Siegels believe they can be a force of good for Española; they're never happier than when they're allowed to bloviate on how they can bring jobs and new wealth to the town's downtrodden citizens while respecting their Indigenous roots, supporting local artists, and advocating for environmentally neutral architecture. But as we meet Española's residents, a different picture emerges: They're bewildered by the Siegels and their plans, rightfully concerned that rising rents will push them out of their hometown, and uninterested in their assigned role as smiling background players in the Siegel's self-congratulatory reality TV house-flipping show.
Things get messier as we understand just how dysfunctional the Siegels' marriage is, how complicated Asher's relationship is with his childhood bully/adult frenemy Dougie, and how Whitney's background as the daughter of notorious local slumlords contributes to both the Siegels' ambitions and foibles. Watching that all play out against the background of a town with marginalized citizens is often scathing; though there are many sharp chuckles thanks to Safdie and Fielder's smart script, this is one show that might be more fun to pick apart after watching than to actually watch.
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