Wondering if Lupin on Netflix is ok for kids? Rated TV-MA for language, suicide, and smoking, this French thriller leaves you on the edge of your seat. Is Lupin kid friendly? Since there is some mature content and subtitles, I would leave this one to older kids and teens. Here’s what parents need to know in this Lupin Parents Guide.
Netflix’s Lupin Parents Guide
Lupin is based on a character, Arsène Lupin, created by author Maurice Leblanc in 1905. This is not true to the original story and is a modernized version based loosely on the character in the books.
Omar Sy plays Assane Diop, an immigrant from Senegal, who is on a mission to discover the truth about his father’s death. His father worked as a chauffeur for a wealthy Parisian family and was accused of stealing a very expensive necklace. The necklace was never recovered until now.
As Assane tries to right the wrongs of the past, he must use different identities and become a master of disguise, much like Arsène Lupin. Hold on, because you’re in for a wild ride.
The show is filmed in French with English subtitles. I don’t recommend watching it with dubbed over voices. So you’ll be reading subtitles with words like sh– and fu–. Those are the two that are most prevalent and are said throughout the episodes.
There is a suicide in the first episode and you see images of a man hanging.
There are also themes of revenge and justice, murder and attempted murder.
A man is hung over a high-rise balcony and threatened to be dropped.
Some characters kiss, there are some pictures of women hanging in a prison cell with bare bottoms or string bikinis.
There is implied sex.
Characters are seen smoking.
There is violence with fist fights, car crashes, and heists. A man gets stabbed in prison.
Is Lupin Appropriate for Kids Under 16?
I’d recommend Lupin for ages 16 and up. Some children younger than that could handle it as long as they are not sensitive to loss or suicide. The story that Lupin portrays hooks you and is interesting without gratuitous violence or nudity.
There are some hard topics to handle, though, as you see a child suffering from the death of a parent. Lupin starts off with an Ocean’s Eleven vibe, but then turns into a James Bond/Sherlock Holmes type feel. Different episodes have different tone.
Some of the stunts that Assane pulls off are unbelievable and improbable, but the show also alludes to the racism that exists and how he can get away with things. After all, doesn’t one black man look similar to all the others? One moment I’m rolling my eyes, but like a kid watching a magic show, I still want to know how it’s done. Sy is believable and so good!
Some kids may find reading the subtitles tedious as well as some of the backstory, but like every Netflix show these days, they leave you with a cliffhanger. With only 5 episodes, you’re left wanting more.
Lupin is suspenseful, thrilling, and mysterious. I was so engrossed I felt like I could speak French by the end (but sadly, I couldn’t).