Parents' Guide to

The Equalizer (2021)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Crime-fighter reboot has strong lead, predictable plots.

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

The perfect series

I grew up with Queen latifah she's a very good actor The equalizer is an awesome series I wish they continued to make more episodes because I'm a big fan of The equalizer and I'm also a big fan of Queen latifah and I have watched every episode that has came out and hoping and praying for more episodes to come Queen latifah you are definitely The equalizer you and Denzel Washington will make perfect equalizers together hopefully they'll make a movie with you both. Your biggest fan Bruce e Blake.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+
4 episodes in and my 13yr old daughter and I are enjoying this show. She has seen all the Marvel movies, so violence and content wise this is no worse than those.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (1):

This second adaptation in the universe of The Equalizer isn't produced to look or feel exactly like the other franchise installments, which includes the original series as well as the movies starring Denzel Washington. Queen Latifah successfully plays Robyn McCall as a strong, intelligent single mother who wants the best for her daughter, as well as for the people she is helping. Meanwhile, the folks she identifies as needing her help are mainly Black and Latinx individuals as well as those from other underrepresented communities, victims of systematic racism and other biases.

Despite these contemporary details, the overall show offers the same type of formulaic drama as other shows in the genre. Each episode's plotline is just elaborate enough to ensure that the innocent victims unwittingly caught up in any illegal activities are completely trapped in their situation, and to require McCall's sharp, tough-as-nails military and CIA training to infiltrate and bring wrongdoers to justice. It also has the standard eclectic team of colleagues helping McCall out, and just enough physical violence to give it some edge. The result is a show that looks different, feels predictable, but shines in the classic action sequences.

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