AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize incorporates clever writing with an intriguing concept to deliver an enjoyable new series. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize releases on the streaming service in the United States tomorrow, March 29, 2023. The series stars Chris O’Dowd (Dusty), Gabrielle Dennis (Cass), Djouliet Amara (Trina), Sammy Fourlas (Jacob), Alli Maki (Hana), Crystal Fox (Izzy), Josh Segarra (Giorgio), and Damon Gupton (Father Reuben). The series is directed by David West Read, who is best known for his work on Schitt’s Creek, who also adapted the M.O. Walsh’s novel of the same name. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
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AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize Parents Guide
In AppleTV+’s The Big Door Prize: A small town is forever changed when a mysterious machine appears in the general store, promising to reveal each resident’s true potential.
AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize Age Rating Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know about the age rating of the movie before letting their younger children watch AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize.
Language: AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize contains some strong language with profanity used throughout. Stronger words include f*ck, sh*t, bullsh*t, a**, a**h*le, nuts, and d*mn.
Mature Content: Other than the bad language mentioned above, the other big indicators of adult themes include implied sex and sexual references. Some scenes include a potential threesome and discussion of a threesome, implied sex that shows characters naked under covers but no sexual acts are seen on-screen, characters are shown in their underwear and brief glimpses of the side of a buttock, revealing strange blue dots. Characters are shown consuming alcohol to the point of intoxication and smoking weed with minors. There is also the death of a boyfriend/identical twin/son that is a revolving theme of the show.
Age Rating of AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize: AppleTV+’s The Big Door Prize has a TV-MA rating for strong language, sexual content, and drug abuse and the parents’ advisory recommends it for an adult audience, younger adults, and teens 17 and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or an adult guardian is highly suggested for younger kids (or older kids) under 17 years of age for this TV-MA-rated film. The minimum age recommendation is 17 years old; it is not suitable for young children. Young viewers are not recommended to view this film.
AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize offers an intriguing concept that will have viewers questioning their own purpose in life and if they are achieving their life’s potential. The series starts off with an ordinary guy, Dusty, played by Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), living in the ordinary town of Deerfield when an extraordinary event occurs in his town. A mysterious machine called the Morpho machine mysteriously shows up in the grocery store, taking your fingerprints and, in return, offering your life’s potential for $2. The machine then ejects a card revealing this potential, sometimes revealing a specific job or title, other times a more general word, in which the customer is then able to find their life’s purpose. As one may imagine, this machine turns the town upside down, having people change careers, marriages, and basically question the choices they have made in their life thus far.
AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize is directed by David West Read, who is best known for his work on Schitt’s Creek. Read also adapted the series from M.O. Walsh’s novel of the same name, and it comprises 10-episodes in the first season, each clocking in at around thirty-minute installments that quickly fly by, making the show a binge-worthy viewing that will hook viewers in from the very start. For those who are Schitt’s Creek fans, the comedy in this series is not as laugh-out-loud funny but more of a dry humor that will sneak up on viewers. Perhaps this lack of “in your face” comedy is because of the dark and mysterious tone of the show, which may remind some of the series Black Mirror. Each episode (excluding the final two) revolves around a specific character in the series, even being named after the character, allowing for the series to delve into these individuals’ backstories and character development. The creative format allows the series to build up the mystery while also slowly revealing some key points that help move the story along.
AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize includes a talented cast ensemble, with the main protagonist being Dusty Hubbard, played by Chris O’Dowd. The first episode of the series focuses on Dusty (aptly named Dusty) and his hesitation with The Morpho Machine, going against the grain of the other townspeople, who are enthralled with their “life’s potential.” Well, not everyone in the town knows these little tidbits, but they are cleverly revealed as the story progresses. O’Dowd exudes charisma and a charm that viewers easily relate to, and he delivers some funny and witty one-liners that liven up every scene he is in. The rest of the cast all does a solid job, making this strange concept feel genuine and believable.
AppleTV+ The Big Door Prize is yet another new and fresh series delivered by the streaming service, which has been able to make its way through the saturated streaming landscape to deliver yet another winner to the genre. If they keep it up, they will be giving all of the other streaming services a big run for their money. I predict this series to become a sleeper hit if not right out of the gate.