Wondering if Purple Hearts on Netflix is ok for kids? Some teens and tweens may want to watch as Sofia Carson from Descendants fame is one of the stars. Although this film is rated TV-14, some of the content is a little too mature for the tween crowd. Here’s what parents need to know in this Purple Hearts Parents Guide.
Purple Hearts Parents Guide
Struggling singer-songwriter Cassie (Sofia Carson) cannot afford to pay her bills and for her expensive diabetes medicine. She meets Luke (Nicholas Galitzine), a marine with a troubled past, and they agree to get married solely for the military benefits right before Luke is deployed to Iraq. They agree to split the money the government gives them. However, when tragedy strikes, the line between what’s real and what’s pretend begins to blur in this romantic drama.
Why is Purple Hearts Rated TV-14?
Purple Hearts is Rated TV-14 for sexual content, language, and some violence which means some content may not be suitable for kids under 14.
Is Purple Hearts Kid Friendly?
Parents need to know that Purple Hearts does have a sex scene and some other romantic scenes plus mature topics such as war, big pharma, and political issues.
There is a lot of profanity in Purple Hearts including the use of a**, sh*t, bullsh*t, bit*h, damn, hell, dick, two uses of f*ck, and words of Deity like Jesus, g-ddamn, and g-d. There is also a use of the word piss.
There is a sex scene that does not involve complete nudity. There are some close up shots of body parts like backs and legs. Another scene involves a sponge bath which is a little sensual and does not involve nudity besides a shirtless male chest.
The main characters fight about many political topics include war, racial slurs, feminism, the military, civil rights, and more.
Some characters die and are injured in war.
There is some violence including a fight with a gun.
You can a female changing revealing her bare back in the mirror.
Characters drink alcohol.
Is Purple Hearts Appropriate for Kids Under 14?
While violence, nudity, and language may not be totally inappropriate for teens, some of the topics in Purple Hearts may be too mature for some. This is not your typical Netflix teen drama like The Summer I Turned Pretty. Emotionally heavy topics such as drug addiction, military service, parental issues, war, politics, and feminism are addressed. Some topics are great conversation starters with older teens, while others will be too much for younger kids.
Carson is undoubtedly a talented singer and she is able to showcase some of her vocals. However, it’s not enough to make the romance believable or disguise some of the very predictable subplots.
There’s no subtlety in Purple Hearts and the audience doesn’t get to make its own inferences. Everything is spoon-fed to the audience like a wink wink. There are some emotional and touching moments, and you can’t help but get choked up in certain parts. Purple Hearts had promise, and while not a complete win, it’s still worth a watch.