Parents' Guide to

Turn Up Charlie

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Extra-lovable actors make a clichéd storyline funny, sweet.

TV Netflix Comedy 2019
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age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

11 year old kids do drugs and their caregivers do drugs, like coke and molly and are constantly high and drunk, thats the joke

I was on an Edris Elba movie watching binge fuled by netflix's algorithym when this series popped up. Its not usually my genre but I have an 11 year old and we are always looking for appropriate movies/ shows that arent too young but also not too old, especially ones that feature characters who work hard to fulfill their dream, or pick themselves up and carry on against the odds . Usually when there are child actors as main characters the materiel is suited for kids even if the ratings say adult, but there is a fine line. I let my kid watch Stranger things, but not Grease. This program featured lots of drugs and some sex. Its not rated for kids so I was not expecting it to be, but i think if they had just taken out the drugs and sex which didnt really add anything it , it could have reached a wider audience since the writing was on the level of a kids show. All the actors were great and the premise of a famous DJ parent navigating childcare and trying to find balance between work and family could have been really interesting and new. The adults do drugs around the kid constantly, and the kid and her friend are rewarded for entitled behaviors , the 11 year old boy is always looking for a beer and smoking weed and the caregivers are always high and drunk , at one point the little girl tells Idris where to find her moms stash of cocaine and he takes her up on it. Is it for shock value, or comedy i dont know it just seemed like in this world drugs and drinking were glorified and an everyday part of the life of a kid. If this were real life and all these adults were allowing drugs around these kids on a daily basis the DCWS would have been called, at the very least this would probably be considered child abuse, it glosses over the real effects of kids in a drug life like this. If your going to make a drug comedy movie look to the greats like Cheech and Chong, but adding in family values and life lessons for kids between and during all the drugs, as a parent it is uncomfortable to watch, keep the kids away from the drugs. This series seems tone deaf to the national drug epidemic, portraying drug use as a cute joke, and tottaly appropriate around kids , beyond that the plot is all over the place, I finshed it because it was on in the background while i worked , and the acting was good, the litle girl was adorable, but it had the potential to be so much more!
age 18+


The woman falls in love with Charlie, and her fiance calls her out on it. Her response? To hit her fiance. While some may believe violence against others is an acceptable answer, I do not.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This warm and easygoing comedy isn't going anywhere surprising, but the characters who inhabit its world are so lovable that you'll delight in spending time with them anyway. Young children are, of course, frequently a tool of redemption in lighthearted narratives like this one, where kids who are less often real people and more often agents of chaos teach Important Life Lessons to the adults who need them. In this regard, Gabrielle is a textbook example of the cinematic brat, delighting in getting her nannies fired one by one. When Charlie becomes the latest to take on the job, she lights a butane kitchen torch and muses, "Now where should I start?"

But this miniature wild child isn't just acting out from pure meanness -- of course, her anger emerges from deep sadness as her busy celebrity parents can't find time to spend with her. That's where Charlie comes in. Oozing with sincerity and kindness, he's quickly swept up in Gabs' plight, despite being distracted by his own career and personal failings. As you've probably guessed, each of these unhappy characters has good times in store, and each gets the ultimate reward they deserve. The magic of Turn Up Charlie is that the sweetness somehow never turns into treacle. It could be sickening. It's not. Binge on, lovers of lovable TV.

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