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Parents' Guide to

The Mosquito Coast

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Familiar-feeling dark drama has strong language, violence.

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The Mosquito Coast features the sort of thoughtful, nuanced performances, high production values, and gritty drama we've come to expect from prestige television. The core cast is excellent and immediately draws you into their dysfunctional family and sets up an absorbing mystery. But while all the ingredients are in place for a fantastic recipe, the show quickly starts to feel more like comfort food than an exciting new dish.

As the Fox family's unstable, criminal patriarch, Allie makes for a compelling character, albeit one who might feel a bit too familiar to fans of Breaking Bad and Ozark. The show's writing and pacing also isn't as tight as those series'. While it's packed with enough twists and turns to regularly nudge you to the edge of your seat, The Mosquito Coast frequently strains the boundaries of believability too far in an effort to sustain its secrets and mysteries. If you're craving your next dad-with-a-dark-secret fix, this one certainly fits the bill. Just don't be surprised if your unfavorable comparisons to similar series start to pile up the deeper down this rabbit hole you go.

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