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Princess of the Row | 2019 | TV-14 | – 4.5.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Princess of the Row” rated TV-14? The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board rating indicates that “this program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a near rape of a preteen girl, several fights ending with bloody injuries, a few threats with guns, a couple of arrest scenes, and many scenes of people living on the streets in skid row; discussions of foster parenting, death of a child, veterans affairs and PTSD, and over 25 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A 12-year-old girl (Tayler Buck) lives on skid row in LA with her father (Edi Gathegi), who has suffered traumatic brain injury while serving in the US military. She spends her days trying to take care of him and dodging child services and foster families hoping to be able to find a job and get him off the row. Also with Martin Sheen, Ana Ortiz, Jacob Vargas, Tabitha Brown, Blake Michael and Jenny Gago. Directed by Van Maximilian Carlson. [Running Time: 1:25]

Princess of the Row SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A man talks to a preteen girl about money changing everything and that because she is pretty, things are easier for her, and he convinces her to dress up and meet a man for money; he gives her a glass of wine that she drinks and the other man enters her room and removes his tie, jacket and unfastens his pants; when she says that she changed her mind, he is insistent and forces her onto a bed with his hand over her mouth as she struggles and screams (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man asks, “Where’s my queen?” and a preteen girl says, “She left.”
 A man takes off his shirt to shower and we see his bare chest, abdomen and a large scar on his back. A preteen girl lies in a bed wearing a tank top that reveals cleavage. Several women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A woman wears short-shorts that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs.


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Princess of the Row VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – Three young men attack a man, they knock him to the ground and kick him several times and spit on him; he fights back and punches them each leaving some bloody wounds until one young man hits him in the head with a bat and knocks him unconscious and another urinates on him; a preteen girl sprays the attacker in the face with mace and yells for them all to leave him alone (they leave and we see the man with a bloody head wound and blood on his lip). A preteen girl takes her father to a junkyard where they sleep in a car for his birthday; they are awakened by a man with a shotgun that yells at them and tells them to leave, the father moves toward him, the other man yells, pointing the gun at him, until the father grabs the gun away and hits the man with it, knocking him to his knees (they then leave).
 A man talks to a preteen girl about money changing everything and that because she is pretty, things are easier for her, and he convinces her to dress up and meet a man for money; he gives her a glass of wine that she drinks and the other man enters her room and removes his tie, jacket and unfastens his pants; when she says that she changed her mind, he is insistent and forces her onto a bed with his hand over her mouth as she struggles and screams and she cuts his face with a keyring; the first man holds a gun on another man when he moves toward the room where the girl is screaming, and the second man hits him and takes the gun away, kicks the door open and grabs the man attacking the girl, throws him against a wall and punches him several times in the face causing blood to splatter (we see the man unconscious with blood on his face and head). A man panics when he hears noises outside a hotel room and thinks he is back at war, he yells and accidentally hits his preteen daughter hard in her face knocking her to the floor (we see her in an ambulance later with a neck brace and a bloody bandage on her forehead). Two men argue and one pokes the other with a broomstick until a preteen girl grabs the stick and yells at the man for him to stop and leave.
 A man tells his young daughter that he hurt someone “real bad” as we hear police pounding on the door, the police break into the house to arrest the man, and the young girl cries. A woman yells at her preteen niece when she has to pick her up from school for being late; they argue bitterly and the woman slaps the girl in the face, the girl slaps the woman, spits on her and runs out of the car. A man yells at a woman and a few security guards and says, “I swear I will take your arm off.” A preteen girl takes her father to a VA hospital to try to collect his benefits and they run away when they realize they are going to be separated. A preteen girl yells at a woman about not wanting to leave her father on the streets and go to live with a foster family. A preteen girl yells at her father for scaring her when a man threatened them with a gun. A man and his preteen daughter ride a city bus late into the night to stay off the streets. A preteen girl tells her father that his wife left them after she, “Drank an evil potion that made her forget about her daughter.” A man yells about IEDs and seems to be in panic. A note on a tent on a sidewalk reads, “Touch my dad’s [scatological term deleted] and I’ll hurt you.” A man talks about his daughter dying from cancer when she was 14.
 A man finds his wallet in a preteen girl’s room and sees that she has taken all of his money and left. A man is said to have had a traumatic brain injury (we see one of his eyes is discolored and he seems to be confused about where he is); he seems to imagine that he is somewhere other than where he actually is, having flashbacks to war time, and he seems to be bothered by insects and swat at them; he occasionally remembers who he is and speaks to his daughter knowingly.
 A man takes off his shirt to shower and we see a large scar on his back. A man offers help to a preteen girl and her father and says that he has a shelter nearby; the girl declines and he leaves. Many scenes show homeless people living on streets some with tents and meager possessions. A voiceover talks about how people would think a girl’s life was “dirt.” A man watches a movie where a man is shown wearing a tank top stained with blood. A man always sits on the floor to eat and uses his hands instead of utensils.


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Princess of the Row LANGUAGE 7

 – About 26 F-words and its derivatives, 16 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, skid row, purgatory, stupid, ridiculous old man jokes, dangerous, bum, Hadjis, farm-style waterboarding), 3 religious profanities (GD), 2 religious exclamations (e.g. I Swear To God). | profanity glossary |


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Princess of the Row SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man yells about someone being “hopped up on cocaine.” A man gives a preteen girl a glass of wine that she drinks. A woman smokes a cigarette in a car.


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Princess of the Row DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Fairy tales, veterans, mental illness, PTSD, medical treatment for veterans, sex trade, foster parenting, death of a child, child protective services, goals, creativity, storytellers, anger management.

Princess of the Row MESSAGE

 – Caring for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries is a difficult prospect especially for a child. It is hard to let go, but sometimes necessary.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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