BEEF is a half-hour dramatic comedy series on Netflix, about a man and a woman who nearly collide in a store parking lot, which sets off a wildly original tale of revenge and reconciliation and redemption. Danny is a handyman struggling to get through life while suffering a Job-like series of daily misfortunes. Amy is a married woman and mother who’s frustrated by her career and her home life.
BEEF is meant to be an allegory for the angry society America seems to have become, without being overtly political or preachy. Every episode has a crazy, completely unpredictable twist-a-minute plot. Surprisingly, the series sometimes takes a complex look at struggles of Christian faith. BEEF ends on a note of forgiveness, compassion and mercy. However, Danny admits in the final episode that he’s lost his Christian faith, and both he and Amy wonder what the point of their existence is. Sadly, BEEF has lots of strong foul language in every episode. Finally, the
basic plot in BEEF is often driven by revenge and contains a smattering of strong lewd and other immoral behavior.
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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong mixed pagan worldview in a story about personal conflict and revenge sometimes takes a complex look at struggles of Christian faith (there are scenes at a church in the third episode and at least one other episode) and ends on a note of forgiveness, compassion and mercy, but the leading male character eventually admits in the final episode he’s lost his Christian faith, and both he and leading female character wonder what the point of their existence is
Lots of strong foul language throughout 10 episodes – for example, Episode 1.1 has at least 61 obscenities (mostly “f” words) and two strong profanities, Episode 1.2 has at least 53 obscenities (about half are “f” words), two Jesus profanities and one OMG profanity, Episode 1.3 has at least 22 obscenities (including about 13 “f” words), and Episode 1.4 has at least 63 obscenities (including about 49 “f” words) and two GD profanities
Lots of strong and light comic violence such as man becomes unhinged after nearly having his car hit in a parking lot and engages in a completely wild car chase after the other car and endangers many people and cars around him, man tries to comedically choke his cousin and threatens him with his fist without hitting him, two men chase another man frantically through all levels of a hotel and disrupting everyone around them, man spits on his cousin, man punches a security guard, a gunfight occurs in one episode, two people are killed, a car chase between two people ends up with the vehicles driving off a cliff but the drivers survive
Periodic strong and light sexual content, and immorality includes a truly disturbing scene implies that a woman sticks a gun inside her underpants and uses it to arouse herself as she clicks the trigger (this is unseen but she makes pronounced gasps during the scene), it’s implied a man abuses himself to a photo of a model on his phone, a married woman kisses a younger man to hide her face from an enemy, and he's instantly enamored with her, but she says she has a boyfriend to deflect him, a man shows up at a woman’s hotel hoping for romance and sex, but she shoots him down by telling him she’s married, married woman eventually sleeps with unmarried man, husband admits to having an affair
Some alcohol use and drunkenness
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking, but leading female character attends a dinner party in one episode where it’s mentioned that the focus of the gathering is to abuse psychedelic mushrooms, and a man and a woman smoke marijuana in one episode and are then seen having an extremely fun time goofing around and making marijuana use appear very attractive; and,
Very strong miscellaneous immorality overall includes revenge is a major part of the relationship between two people, both lead characters are unhinged and dangerously angry with each other, man uses duplicity to enter woman’s home and then leaves yellow urine stains all over her bathroom carpets after he urinates on them off-camera, one person says, “Paul McCartney once said on a trip God is like a massive wall,” robbery, fraud, lying, man steals his brother’s business truck and drives it to Las Vegas, a man yells out obscenities and accusations at and greatly disrupts a woman’s very important business speech in a public room.
BEEF is a half-hour dramatic comedy on Netflix creating a huge buzz, about a man named Danny (Steven Yeun) and a woman named Amy (Ali Wong) who nearly collide in a store parking lot, setting off a wildly original tale of revenge and ultimately reconciliation and redemption. BEEF meets the intention of its creator, Lee Jung Sin, the creator of the HBO series SILICON VALLEY) to create an allegory for the angry society Americans are living in during the present era of divisiveness, without being political or preachy, but the program’s 10 half-hour episodes contain excessive foul language, lewd behavior and a mixed, confused attitude toward Christian faith where the two lead characters reconcile and forgive one another, but the man loses his faith.
Danny (Steven Yeun) is a handyman struggling to get through life while having a Job-like series of misfortunes challenge him on a daily basis. For example, he lives with his worthless sponge of a brother and struggles daily to find enough work to stay afloat.
When a woman named Amy (Ali Wong) nearly collides with his car in a crowded store parking lot, he screams foul language at her before she gives him the finger. She drives off, but Danny chases her through Los Angeles in a scene that’s both funny and jaw-dropping. Danny follows
Amy to her house, thinking he’s been chasing a man, before opting to drive away. However, his frustrations push him into pursuing revenge.
Meanwhile, Amy is revealed to be frustrated by a lack of promotion in her career. There are also the tensions caused by hoping to sell her side business for millions of dollars while the buyer, who happens to be her boss, strings her along. Amy also feels claustrophobic about her marriage and being a mother. She releases her frustration with an implied perverse (yet unseen) sexual act.
BEEF’s second episode goes deeper into the series’ tale of spiraling revenge between Amy and Danny after she nearly hit his car in a store parking lot in the previous pilot episode. This episode takes a more serious tone before heading into a strongly comic mode in the next couple of episodes. However, it reveals deeper layers about the characters and explains why their lives have been pushed to the emotional brim.
BEEF’s third episode takes a surprisingly powerful Christian turn, as Danny hits an emotional bottom after suffering a horrible escalation in Amy’s revenge. Meanwhile, Amy kicks off the episode in marriage counseling with her husband. In the session, she says she’s dealing with stress in a healthier way now after a disturbing scene in the second episode.
Danny is faced with banks requiring him to come up with $100,000 to buy a house he desperately wants. At the same time, Amy thinks she’s discovered evidence of her husband having an affair. Danny and Amy’s newfound attempts at acting better are put to a tremendous test when Danny hatches a risky scheme and Amy opens a fake dating app account to lure Danny’s brother, Paul, into a potential affair.
BEEF’s fourth episode brings its comedic side to the fore, as Amy lures Danny’s easily duped younger brother Paul into a texting relationship when she sets up a fake dating app account to mess with him. This plot is another level of her revenge scheme against Danny. Meanwhile, Amy’s about to give the speech of her life at a business convention in Las Vegas. However, things go wildly askew when Danny and his troublemaking cousin, Isaac, find out that Paul stole Danny’s truck to head to Vegas in hopes of meeting Amy. Danny and Isaac give chase after Paul.
Looking at all 10 episodes, BEEF is generally a thought-provoking artistic journey, but it has some major theological problems in its final episode that conflicts with its beautifully redemptive resolution. As Danny and Amy, Steven Yeun and Ali Wong give incredible performances. Wong is especially great, considering she’s mainly been known as a raunchy star comedian thus far in her career. She immerses herself in the emotional rollercoaster of Amy’s life and keeps the character grounded even as some of her actions are unhinged along the way. Her mastery of all parts of the emotional spectrum is remarkable.
Another intriguing aspect of the program is that the show’s creator, cast and creative team is largely composed of Asians. This creates a unique perspective for the action and the program’s complex characters.
BEEF is a series that’s become known for its crazy, completely unpredictable twist-a-minute plots. Perhaps its craziest twist of all, however, is the fact that, as the series progresses, it becomes a complex look at struggles of Christian faith en route to becoming a secularized vision of redemption and forgiveness. In the final episode, however, Danny admits he’s lost his Christian faith, and both he and Amy wonder what the point of their existence is. That said, the program’s final moments provide an incredibly touching example of forgiveness, compassion and mercy.
Sadly, though, BEEF also has lots of strong foul language in every episode. For example, three of the first four episodes have more than 50 obscenities, including many “f” words. Also, the series is driven by revenge for a good portion of its 10 episodes. In addition, BEEF has a smattering of other strong lewd and immoral behavior.
All in all, therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® deems BEEF excessive and unacceptable, despite the program’s occasional Christian, redemptive, moral content.
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