Netflix’s OX, KITTY is an enjoyable watch with an interesting storyline and intriguing characters, but it isn’t as good as its predecessor. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
Netflix’s XO, Kitty, released on the streaming service last week, May 18, 2023. The series stars Anna Cathcart (Kitty), Choi Min-young (Dae), Sang Heon Lee (Min Ho), Peter Thurnwald (Alex), Anthony Keyvan (Q), and Yunjin Kim (Jina). The series is not based on a book; however, it is a spin-off of sorts, considering it follows Netflix’s To All The Boys sister, Kitty. Check out all the details in my parents guide review.
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Netflix’s OX, KITTY Parents Guide
In Netflix’s XO, Kitty: Kitty Song Covey, who believes she is extremely knowledgeable on love, moves halfway across the world to Korea, aiming to reconnect with her long-distance boyfriend, Dae. She finds, however, that a relationship is much more complex when it is your own feelings of love at risk.
Netflix’s OX, KITTY 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 Netflix’s XO, Kitty.
Language: Netflix’s XO, Kitty contains inappropriate language that parents should be made aware of. As far as profanity goes, there is some in the series, with the biggest words to look out for being sh*t, b*tch, a**, sucks, idiot, d*mn, and phrases like “oh my g-d.”
Mature Content: The biggest concern for parents in the film, other than the language, is the discussion of sex. Characters have sex dreams, mostly kissing, and discuss them with friends. There is no nudity in the film, but heavy petting and kissing. Some characters are still secretive about their sexual preferences and are still in the closet. Some LGBTQ+ characters are open about their sexual preferences and kiss and make out with members of the same sex. There are no drugs or smoking in the series, but there is underage drinking, where underage characters become intoxicated. There is also cheating in school, lying to friends and family, and keeping secrets hidden.
Age Rating of Netflix’s XO, Kitty: Netflix’s XO, Kitty has a TV-14 rating by the Motion Picture Association (MPAA ratings) for language, sexual content, and underage drinking, and the parental guidelines advisory recommends it for mature audiences, an adult audience, young adults, and teens aged 14 and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or a legal guardian (adult guardian) is highly suggested for young kids (young viewers) under 14 years of age in this TV-14-rated motion picture for adult material. The minimum age recommendation is 14 years old; it is not suitable for younger viewers.
Netflix’s XO, Kitty is a spin-off of the popular series and book To All The Boys. Unlike its predecessor, XO, Kitty is not based on a book but rather written as a spin-off show. It often talks about characters from the previous series, like Laura Jean, but she never makes an appearance in the series. Instead, it focuses on her sister Kitty, played by Anna Cathcart, and briefly shows her onscreen dad in the film, John Corbett, who plays Dr. Covey. There are so many similar comparisons to the original to attract fans, and there are also enough differences to make this series feel fresh and new and not just another cookie-cutter show. One of the biggest differences is the location and culture. Set in Korea, a lot of the dialogue goes back and forth from English to Korean. There are also some incorporations to the customs of the area, including an entire episode that celebrates Chuseok, which is sort of like a Korean Thanksgiving.
Netflix’s XO, Kitty, has much to like about it while also having many flaws that might lose some audiences. While the series is made up of 10-episodes, with each episode running around 30 minutes long, it is a quick binge, but it also tries to fit too much into its short amount of time. There are various plots and subplots involving all the characters that have scenes jumping all over the place, and it results in the lack of some character development. This easily leads to audiences not connecting with all of the characters and becoming uninterested in some of the storylines. The lack of cohesion and direction has some viewers wondering which direction the story is trying to take us. While this can be a flaw for some, it also aids in keeping with some of the mystery of the series and the big reveals, which are some of the best parts of the series.
Netflix’s XO, Kitty has plenty of potential and had a strong start, but with so much going on, this author wishes it would have focused on one storyline at a time, leaving some of the other big twists and turns for future series, if a second season does in fact happen. The series does appeal to its target audience, the teen romantic genre, and the show has plenty of time to soak up all the relationships and love triangles. Fans will want a second season to see where these romances go. But the way the show ends with such finality, one has to wonder if a second season can or will happen.