Parents' Guide to

The Pursuit of Love

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Friendship, parties, brutal family featured in 1930s romp.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Couldn't make it through the first episode

First off, the info here on Common Sense Media about the mini Prime series The Pursuit of Love is completely wrong. Many scenes where one cousin jumps on the other cousin in inappropriate ways and says what you might expect, inappropriate things. There is nudity from a distance, nudity that is more covered, and then full frontal male nudity. I did not expect that nor need that image. There is brash contemporary music with expletives like the "D" word for male genitals and the big "F" word in one song. I don't watch anything with strong language so hopefully this site will update to protect others from watching this if they desire not to. I didn't even make it through the first episode. The rating on Prime is 13+, no child should watch this. As a married adult I found it shocking enough to get me to dive for the remote to turn it off. I regret watching it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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At times delightfully madcap and laugh-out-loud funny, at times frustratingly self-conscious and even cruel, this period piece has charming moments. The Pursuit of Love successfully brings to life the swirling, passionate, political feeling of 1930's Europe, thanks in large part to the rollercoaster range of James, who plays Linda. Her obsession with the man of the moment, or her political cause-du-jour, feels as focused as it is fleeting. Foiled by her serious, loyal, and grounded cousin and friend Fanny, Linda finds herself "lost" without Fanny, that is, until the next man shows up.

Though "Fa," Linda's father, is played to comic effect by Dominic West, his words don't go unnoticed by the females in the household. His rants about the perils of educating women, insults about his niece's body, and his violent rages against his children, might rattle sensitive viewers. Also distracting is the contemporary music played in momentous scenes, jangling the historical vibe. Jump-cut edits and montages tend toward the heavy handed. The ending falls a little flat after so much noise, color, and culture. But the ensemble's performances -- Fanny's subtle eyebrow raises, Linda's over-the-top hot and cold tantrums, and The Bolter's wry comic jabs, can effectively delight viewers who overlook the boorish behaviors of the era. Fun, escapist fare exists in this series for viewers who want to delve into a story about the intricacies of female friendship.

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