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Raising Voices 2024 / Mature themes encased in empty high school tropes

7.0

The show tackles triggering, traumatic topics and the rhetoric that forms around it, opting for a high school setting on top of it. Needless to say, it’s tricky to execute. What we end up getting is one edgy teen trope after another—drug use, bad influences, toxic relationships, one-dimensional parents—in a very romanticized, commercialized depiction of high school. The jumpy storytelling does enough to create direction and interest for the material. But far and away the best part of each episode is the final minutes. They’re eerily and beautifully done, but is it really worth walking through broken glass in pursuit of a foot massage?

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