Parents' Guide to

Yellowjackets

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Female-led thriller has sex, drugs, lots of cursing.

TV Showtime Drama 2021
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Be Cautious

This show is loaded with violence, gore, fear, psychological trauma, sex, swearing, crime, murder, accidental death, animal killing, and drugs. It is a slow unfolding of what happened to a high school soccer team after their plane crashed 25 years ago in the wilderness mixed with the adult characters in present day. There are many questions and fewer answers reminiscent of the show Lost.
age 17+

VERY graphic. I am an alternative adult artist and am only writing this review to try to convey that this is not appropriate for kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This slow-burn of a series has a simmering mystery ready to explode to the surface as the viewer gets snippets of a harrowing story of survival, cannibalism, and horror after a plane crash. The survivors of the crash in Yellowjackets is a group of high school soccer champions, who must forget everything they knew to survive, but those memories of their time lost to society affect them years after their rescue. It's evident that there are even more secrets members of the now-adult group are trying to forget as one of them is ready to unleash vengeance.

The show starts with a solid set-up of the girls' lives before getting lost in the wilderness, with jealousies, toxic competitiveness, and general feelings of being a misfit plaguing the girls long before they embark on their nightmare trip. The cast of teens (Samantha Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Sophie Nélisse, Ella Purnell, Bailey Burr) convincingly and expertly take on some heavy material, including sex scenes, drug trips, and complex emotions. It makes sense to cast teen actors who can handle tough themes, since the adult versions of the characters, played by Melanie Lynskey, Christina Ricci, Tawny Cypress, Keeya King and Juliette Lewis, show why they are veterans of the acting world. Lynskey redeems herself from the atrocity that is The Lady of the Manor and reminds viewers of her immense talent. Lewis and Ricci both give off brewing, off-kilter anger that makes them the series' wildcards. But Cypress, who portrays the adult Taissa, now a politician, might be the most dangerous of all since her calculating, cold nature -- a trait from her teenage years -- is clearly hiding something viewers might not be expecting. Overall, Yellowjackets is a brutal coming-of-age story for adults who must reckon with the sins they committed to survive.

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