The Weirdo on Maple Street


Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
Air Date:07/15/2016

What You Need To Know:

The second episode of STRANGER THINGS is titled “The Weirdo on Maple Street.” Will’s family realizes he didn’t return home the night before and a search for him begins. While searching for Will, his three other friends stumble on the young girl who escaped from the science lab. They take her to Mike’s house and hide her in his room. Because she hardly speaks, they have a difficult time being able to communicate with her. However, when she sees a group photo of the friends, she blatantly points out Will, and they know she knows something about his disappearance. At the same time, a few teenagers throw a house party while the parents are away. Two characters, Steve and Nancy, are beginning to become attracted to each other, and Nancy seemingly abandons her friend Barb in order to be with him. As Barb sits alone outside, a strange creature lurks in the shadows.

“The Weirdo on Maple Street” starts to ramp up the mystery and the characters begin to be established. The young children are especially terrific in their roles. This episode also has a strong Romantic worldview as children disobey and lie to their parents in order to do what they want to do. There are moral elements of helping others, as Mike takes in Eleven and gives her shelter. The foul language isn’t quite as frequent, but there are some gratuitous references to teenage sexuality. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.


CONTENT:  (Ro, B, O, L, VV, S, N, AA, D, MM):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
 Romantic worldview in the second episode as the characters continue to look after their own interests and desires, children disobey and lie to their parents in order to follow their own hearts, light moral worldview as character takes care of a young girl who is alone, plus light elements of an Occult worldview because of a girl’s telekinetic mind powers;

Foul Language:
  Three obscenities, five OMG profanities, a few examples of words like “screwed” and “slut” and “douche”;

  Strong violence and blood include a young girl is mistreated and thrown into a small asylum-like room by herself, the man from the previous episode who was shot is shown with his head shot and bloody, a girl’s nose bleeds when she uses her telekinetic powers, teenage girl cuts her hand trying to open a beer can, a creature is shown trying to come through the wall of someone’s house, a wall contorts in an unnatural scary manner;

  Implied fornication, comments about people “screwing,” jokes about an orgy, and one character tells another that a guy just “wants to get in her pants”;

  Upper male nudity, teenager is shown in her bra on a couple occasions, the upper back of a woman is exposed;

Alcohol Use:
  Mother drinks wine during a family dinner and teenagers are drinking beer at a party together;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  A few main characters smoke cigarettes, plus man takes prescription medicine; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Strong miscellaneous immorality, including examples of dysfunctional families, siblings fight, children skip school and lie to their parents on multiple occasions, a few flashes of a creature are startling and/or scary.


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