Get an up-close look at life on the tough streets of Detroit with this reality series that takes viewers on a ride-along with undercover cops posing as drug dealers while they work to nail hardcore criminals. From raiding stash houses to nabbing low-level dealers and convincing them to finger the thugs on the higher rungs of the criminal ladder, these D.E.A. agents give their all to cleaning up the streets.
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; bonus "Real Vice Cops: Uncut" episode.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this reality show glamorizes the difficult -- and very dangerous -- job of a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Team members are shown breaking down the doors of drug dealers' homes and rushing in, guns drawn, to arrest suspects. Viewers see plenty of real dealers, real deals, and lots of real drugs. The series makes the agents' day-to-day activities seem exciting and important, but the show makes little effort to discuss the big picture -- such as why so many of the dealers are poor, or whether arresting them will actually have much impact on the international drug trade.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- Though there are few fistfights or gunfights, the DEA agents are often shown raiding suspects' homes. These raids typically start by battering down the front door and rushing inside with guns drawn and are quite intimidating. Suspects are later shown in handcuffs, sometimes on the ground.
- Both the agents and the suspects frequently swear in everyday conversation, but the strongest words are bleeped. Some conversations appear in subtitles, with some of the words marked with dashes, including "s--t" and "f--k."
- Social Behavior
- The show draws very clear lines between the "good guys" (the agents), and the "bad guys" (the dealers) and shows the two sides in very confrontational situations. The agents first document the dealers' crimes and later storm their homes to arrest them. Once suspects are in custody, the agents try to convince them to turn in their suppliers, and it's clear that many of the dealers are very conflicted about whether to cut a deal. The agents often show contempt for the criminals when speaking to the camera and can seem a bit two-faced as they try to sweet-talk the suspects into setting up other dealers.
- The show glamorizes the job of DEA agents to the point that it could serve as a recruiting film.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The DEA's mission is to eliminate drug trafficking, and every episode focuses on finding and arresting dealers. There's plenty of discussion of drugs, and the real thing is often displayed after raids on suspects' homes, sometimes in very large quantities. As part of their investigations, the team must document deals, and some are shown on camera. Many of the suspects are high when the agents burst in on them.
- 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