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The Undoing

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Slow psychological thriller has nudity, sexual content.

TV HBO Drama 2020
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Too much too soon

Great crime show. Good characters and writing. Love plot and characters that unravel and flip-flop between good and bad and keep you guessing. A high quality production value 6 episode Law and Order, but my 14 year old who says snuggling is for babies crawled into my bed last night because of a surprise twist that turned out too be too upsetting and freaky. And this is a tough kid (they're not watching Snuff films at 5yrs old like Joey P.'s kid - really Joey? your ratings seem a little too relaxed son) but the violence while not a lot is image intense and impactful. Your kids will be exposed to murder, adultery, lying, incarceration, class manipulation & degradation - hmmm maybe I shouldn't be watching it, but I'm hooked.
age 8+

Fun miniseries

The show is great. There are some inappropriate scenes but it is just nudity and it is infrequent

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

It's tough for a psychological thriller to be good when the characters don't actually have inner lives. The Undoing -- which attempts to follow in the footsteps of recent successful HBO miniseries Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects (but feels incredibly shallow in comparison) -- hinges upon the relationship between Grace (Nicole Kidman) and Jonathan (Hugh Grant), but there's nothing especially interesting about them. Instead, it becomes clear that Grace is the nicest person in a group of snooty socialites, which is maybe one of the least dramatic things for a show to be about. Among other things, Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects made the most of their coastal California and rural Missouri settings. The Undoing, on the other hand, makes upper Manhattan look like an anonymous collection of parking structures and crosswalks. If it were aiming for style over substance that would be one thing, but The Undoing doesn't have much of either.

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