Parents' Guide to

What We Do in the Shadows

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Great dark humor and horror in worthy movie follow-up.

TV FX Comedy 2019
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age 13+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 16+

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This series is hilarious, and I'm watching it the 2nd time through now with my 14 year old. That being said, I can't believe that and other parents got the age rating SO wrong. I'm a pretty sex positive parent and my kid attends a large public high school, and this show is still teaching my teen new things and vocab about sex, this is with skipping the orgy episode. Example, one of the characters hilariously trims all his topiaries to look unrealistically accurately like the vulvas of all the special women in his life, including his mother's. He stands next to a vulva topiary talking for a few minutes so that you get a really great view of it (that's part of the comedy). The first episode all but shows a man masturbating, etc. The sex jokes are mostly explicit, but they are all just jokes, and if you skip the orgy episode there's not a ton of nudity outside the frequent nude illustrations. I just think parents should be prepared to know that there's a LOT of sexual content in this show. Other than that, minor references to drugs and alcohol (vampires get messed up accidentally drinking blood of people on drugs), and a lot of unrealistically over the top (humorous) blood and gore. You might be wondering now why I gave it 5-stars, well, it's freaking hilarious.

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 10+

Funny, witty and not that scary.

My son likes this more than me and he's nearly 11, and honestly pretty innocent for his age still. There is swearing and some adult jokes, so it depends on your individual home/rules. There are comic blood sprays here and there. (Blood-sensitive kids may not like it) In our home adults swear sometimes & we don't have a lot of filters, and just reply "that's adult stuff/I'll explain later" if they ask about things above their age level. It's kind of what you make of it and really individual to your own home.
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Is It Any Good?

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Nailing the same absurdity-tinged-with-horror tone as the movie that preceded it, this endlessly quotable mockumentary proves that the "vampire roommate" premise still has plenty of bite. Genius co-creators Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement made smart moves by transferring the action in What We Do in the Shadows to Staten Island, New York ("That's where the boat dropped us off," explains Nadja), and shaking up the vampire mix. Fans of the film may have expected to see retreads on the characters they remember from the original, and Nandor and Laszlo could creditably pass for the film's Vladislav and Deacon. But Nadja injects a note of wanton sexuality into the proceedings -- the film's vampires mostly struck out, lovewise -- and Colin's oatmeal-bland relentless drone gives the undead vampires a (really boring) common enemy to bond over.

The plight of Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) proves to be a rich source of gags as well. Ten years in the service of Nandor, he expects to be made a vampire any day now. Meanwhile, he dutifully takes Nandor shopping, lights candles to ready the house for Nandor's nightly wakeup call ("Very scary, Master," he says approvingly as Nandor rises from his casket), and lugs out dead bodies. "Being a vampire's familiar is like being a friend ... who's also a slave," he admits. Meanwhile, Nandor and company barely notice his service, content instead to argue over how to mark victims so that the roomies will know who belongs to whom ("Use Sharpie, name of month, date, year," advises Nadja), or where they should hold their next Blood Feast. Even if you've never had a house chore wheel or argued over who left the most dishes, watching this quartet of flatmates work out their daily differences is bloody delightful.

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