A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about overcoming addiction, working through trauma, and entrepreneurism.
Positive Role Models
The subjects are complex and have a complicated history with one another. However, they display ingenuity, humility, and compassion.
Many of the creators of the Von Dutch brand are people of color, and there's some commentary on how American racial dynamics affected the success of the brand.
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Violence & Scariness
Descriptions of violence and reenactments of violence throughout, including gun violence, gang violence, and violence against police.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussions about sex and sexual relationships. No sexual situations are shown on screen.
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Profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "ass," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Von Dutch is, of course, a brand, and there is some other product placement throughout.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Descriptions of drinking, drug use, and dealing drugs, and subjects often smoke and drink alcohol during interviews. No drug use is shown on screen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Curse of Von Dutch is a documentary series about the Von Dutch clothing brand, which rose to prominence in the early 2000s on the wave of a ton of celebrity endorsements and, notably, popularized the trucker's hat as a fashion choice. The "curse" refers to the turmoil surrounding the brand from its inception. Early on, it's revealed that one of the creators was on trial for first-degree murder at the peak of the brand's success, and the series begins by tracing the roots of the brand back to street gangs and the drug trade. Consequently, the series features many descriptions and reenactments of violence. However, because of the general perception that the Von Dutch brand is a laughable relic of its time, the tone of the series is lighter than the gangs and guns content might suggest. The vibe is similar to the documentaries about the Fyre Festival from a few years ago, which also revealed the absurd practices that go on behind the scenes of celebrity-involved businesses.
Is It Any Good?
They say that nostalgia is on a 20-year cycle, so '60s nostalgia peaked in the '80s, '90s trends came back in the 2010s, and so on. The Curse of Von Dutch is, in many ways, a look at American culture in the 2000s. The story is an example of how street fashion got appropriated by celebrity culture, especially by icons who symbolized a certain type of wealth, like Paris Hilton and Tommy Lee Jones, and sneakily becomes an entertaining look at class and race in America. The series may feel like a time capsule, but the content is relevent in ways no one could've guessed 20 years ago.
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