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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense story of a Hasidic woman's journey has some sex.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Stronger than the BBFC 12 rating implies

Unorthodox was originally rated in the UK using Netflix's self-rating tool, in which it received a 12. This decision was audited by the BBFC, and they upheld the 12 rating. However, this is a decision I disagree with, not only for the sexual references and theme mentioned in the CSM review, but the scenes showing the pair having sex and Esty clearly being in pain until it is stopped. The strongest of these scenes contains thrusting and a visually implied ejaculation. These scenes are more appropriate at the BBFC's '15' category, in my opinion, where strong sex is allowed as part of a larger narrative without genital detail.
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

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

Shira Haas is extraordinary in this gripping tale of a woman who flees a life that leaves her miserable in favor of a future that's uncertain at best. Unorthodox takes place in a fascinating world that few viewers will have more than a passing familiarity with; just getting an eyeful of its customs -- Esty's wedding, the ritual mikvah she takes before it, the extraordinary shtreimel hats worn by the community's men -- is riveting. But when you add in Esty's story, truly a heroic quest, with an actor like Haas, who shows Esty's every emotion in her great staring lamps of eyes, the effect is positively riveting. From the moment Esty seizes her sneakily collected wad of cash and her identity documents before heading, shaking, out the door, viewers will be with her; the flashbacks to what she's had to endure up until this moment seal the deal.

For though Esty's Satmar Hasidic community is close-knit and often quite loving, the collective trauma of the Holocaust echoes terribly through their modern lives, with young women like Esty married off as soon as possible to become, as one of Esty's new friends in Berlin says, "baby machines." As we soon learn, Esty's marriage was neither brimming with love nor easy on the physical level. And, as she tells that insensitive friend, huge eyes flashing, "I am not a baby machine." But she escaped, right? She was never in prison, Esty says. She left without telling anyone, and now she must find her own way. She understands the good intentions of her community, even as she couldn't handle the oppression. And watching her find her way is nothing short of magical.

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