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Hulu’s THE GIRL FROM PLAINVILLE Parents Guide Review

Hulu’s The Girl From Plainville is a true story of a heartbreaking story revolving around two very troubled teenagers. Check out the details in my parents guide review.

The Girl From Plainville Parents Guide

Hulu’s The Girl From Plainville dropped its first episodes on the streaming service a few weeks ago. The miniseries is based on the true story of the 2014 suicide-by-manipulation of Conrad Roy III and the manslaughter trial of his girlfriend, Michelle Carter. It stars Elle Fanning and Colton Ryan as Michelle Carter and Conrad, and takes a dark look into the events surrounding the suicide and the case that followed. Check out the details in my parents guide review.

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The Girl From Plainville Parents Guide

The true story of Michelle Carter’s “texting-suicide” case, exploring her relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events leading up to his death, and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter.

The Girl From Plainville Parents Guide

The Girl From Plainville Age Appropriate Parents Guide

Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Hulu’s The Girl From Plainville.

Language: The Girl From Plainville contains extremely harsh language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, sh*t, a**h*le, d*ck, suck, d*mn, and more.

Mature Content: The series revolves around the suicide of a teenage boy and the girl who pushed him to commit it. There are some disturbing scenes in the series which show a dead body, the suicide in question, and a very disturbed young girl with obvious mental problems.

Overall Thoughts

The Girl From Plainville is based on the 2014 true crime of the assisted suicide of a teenage boy named Conrad Roy III. The miniseries does a solid job of sticking to the facts of the case, recounting both the events surrounding the suicide and the steps that led to it, as well as the actions of girlfriend Michelle Carter after the death of Conrad. While the show brings up the legality of assisted suicide throughout the course of its episodes, it also brings up the legal issues of pushing someone to commit suicide. These legal issues were played out during the 2017 court case, which was also detailed in the HBO documentary I Love You, Now Die.

Elle Fanning (The Great) does a phenomenal job of portraying Michelle Carter in The Girl From Plainville. Fanning taps into the psyche of the troubled teen, who is a bit of an outsider who desperately seeks attention from her peers and becomes fascinated with Coco’s (Conrad’s nickname) previous attempts at suicide. Carter’s truly disturbed obsession is highlighted in the show when she constantly mimics her own life to the high school musical Glee. One of the truly most disturbing scenes in the series is when Fanning is shown mirroring lines from a tribute to a departed Glee member who also took his own life. The fantasy world Carter becomes consumed with persists throughout the series.

While true crime shows appear to be a popular theme in series these days, The Girl From Plainville provides more than just a recount of the events surrounding the case, but also an in-depth look into the psyches of two very disturbed teenagers. On the one hand, you have a teen who is clearly interested in suicide and has attempted it multiple times, and on the other hand, you have one who is obsessed with romance and has an infatuation with those who toy with suicide. It’s no wonder, with the popularity of shows like 13 Reasons Why, that this will also likely be a hit, but should we as a society be worried? Will these shows be tales from which the youth of today can learn to avoid such pratfalls, or will they give rise to more of the same in real life? Anyone’s guess is as good as mine, but I would hope people have the sense to know that these topics are serious and not to be trifled with.

The Girl From Plainville Parents Guide