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The Game (2021)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Solid reboot has drinking, cursing, smoking, mature themes.

TV Paramount+ Drama 2021
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Minorities Mental Health in the Media

Though the tone of the show has varied dramatically since its inception way back in 2014 the heart of the series has remained. The Game, a show highlighting the unsung heroes of professional sports; spouses, friends, families, the community, returns once again to shine a bright light on those we seldom think about when it comes to the limelight and stardom. The Game strikes a unique balance between drama and comedy while not allowing its subjects to be diluted by the rhetoric or situation. The Game handles VERY mature subject matters such as adult abstinence, recreational drug use, police profiling, and racism which are definitely not suitable for younger viewers. Older viewers may enjoy the humor however the content is a wonderful springboard for conversations families wouldn't normally find means to communicate. The Game is grounded in a way that feels authentic and the deep overarching focus on mental health and minorities is especially refreshing being that mental health is still a major unaddressed issue within many minority communities. The message was not only presented well but it was also taken seriously and realistically. The Game is entertaining and endearing and I'd recommend it to anyone ages 16 and above.

Is It Any Good?

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The dramatic comedy presents a new chapter in The Game story world, and like previous ones, offers it from the point of view of Black culture and community. Characters like Tasha Mack, Malik Wright, and Derwin Williams (played by Pooch Hall) provide a sense of continuity, while appealing to the franchise's original fan base. Meanwhile, the introduction of new, well-rounded characters and contemporary plot lines, ranging from football-related medical problems like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) to broader issues like racism and COVID, keeps it feeling relevant and fresh, and allows a new generation of viewers to begin following the narrative with ease. Granted, the overall series is more dramatic than it is comedic, making it feel a bit like a soap opera at times. Nonetheless, this installment of The Game is entertaining, and will not disappoint.

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