City of Men
Blending scenes of uncompromising realism with humor, this Brazilian TV series introduces two 13-year-old best friends whose pluck and spirit prevail in the face of soul-crushing poverty in one of the Rio de Janeiro's infamous shantytowns.
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this somewhat gritty Brazilian series centers around the lives of a pair of teen boys who live in an impoverished area of Rio de Janeiro. They encounter violence every day, most often generated by the drug lords who rule the streets. Though this may alarm some viewers, the show is well done and may serve to open the eyes of teens who aren't aware of how their peers across the globe live.
- Sexual Content
- Some flirting and kissing. Later seasons find the teen characters thinking a lot about sex. One of the characters' older, unmarried sisters gets pregnant.
- The drug lords pull guns on their victims and also use emotional manipulation to get their way. The slum that the characters live in is violent by nature.
- "Chicken s--t" is spelled out in a subtitle.
- Social Behavior
- The teen characters have to rely on their wits and each other to survive their poor neighborhood's mean streets. This show doesn't provide lessons, per say, but it's eye-opening and informative.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The boys' neighborhood lives and breathes the drug trade, and they interact with many people who are invovled in dealing/using/selling.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it