A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the criminals can be charming, there aren't many positive messages about their thieving lifestyle and its aftermath.
Positive Role Models
These are sleazy dudes leading sleazy lives, and their laddish behavior is treated with an affectionate smirk.
Violence & Scariness
Some punches are thrown, there's a gangster storyline that leads to some kicks to the groin.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Not much nudity is shown, but there's a ton of innuendo and crass talk around the subject, plus simulated sex acts (mostly clothed).
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Pretty much every swear under the sun, including "f--k," "s--t," plus some unique British varietals.
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Products & Purchases
BMW and Ford are mentioned. Other brands referred to are mostly '80s throwbacks like Atari.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The characters are sales execs who do a great deal of drinking, smoking, and drugging.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that White Gold is a series about salesmen who drink heavily, cheat on their wives, and swindle innocent people out of their life savings. There's a ton of graphic sex talk, and some racy sex scenes to boot. One character takes topless photos of a 16-year-old girl (no nudity is actually shown). Lots of criminal and sleazy behavior makes this a better choice for grown-ups.
Is It Any Good?
One would be hard-pressed to watch this series and not immediately think of Leonardo DiCaprio's audacious portrayal of scumbag stockbroker Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. This isn't only because Westwick's Vincent Swan is constantly breaking the fourth wall and making snarky asides to the audience. The hairspray-addicted Swan has a lot in common with Belfort, in that he's a quick-thinking pretty boy who's full of bravado (as well as drugs ... lots of drugs). Like Belfort, he has no qualms about ripping people off and sees himself as being above "the plebs" in life, happy as a clam to step all over the less-thans on his way to the top. He's not likable, exactly, but Westwick commits so completely to the role that it's hard not to keep watching this handsome, magnetic super-jerk.
Thomas and Buckley (both from The Inbetweeners) have great comedic chemistry as his underlings, and Lauren O'Rourke is hilarious as their daffy office assistant, Carol. For fans of British comedy, or for viewers who want to see Westwick do an '80s-style twist on his Gossip Girl character, Chuck Bass (but with the actor's natural accent this time), White Gold is worth a watch.
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