What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Betty White's Off Their Rockers is a hidden-camera reality series in which senior citizens play brazen pranks on much younger people. There's lots of sexual innuendo (as well as some blurred nudity), salty vocab, and staged crashes and assaults (though no injuries are shown). Drinking is visible, and brands like Mustang, Coke, and Sprite pop up. The pranks aren't mean spirited and attempt to break social stereotypes about the elderly.
What's the story?
BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS features an outrageous group of elderly hipsters playing pranks on unsuspecting twentysomethings. Hosted by actress and comedienne Betty White, the hidden-camera show features an ensemble cast of actors like Michael Alaimo, Lou Beatty Jr., and Reatha Grey participating in a variety of carefully crafted stunts and candid sketches. In between these scenes, White offers sassy commentary and words of wisdom based on what she's learned over the years.
Is it any good?
The show, which is adapted from a Belgian hit series, offers lots of hilarious moments as the cast engages in some crazy antics, like crashing into flower carts with motorized vehicles and flash dancing at a movie theater. Equally funny are the victims' reactions, which range from looking shocked to laughing hysterically from the weirdness.
It's all in good fun, but Off Their Rockers does have a fair bit of strong sexual innuendo, salty language, and bawdy behavior, making it an iffy choice for younger viewers. But it's not mean spirited, and teens and adults who can handle this sort of thing will enjoy lots of laughable moments that remind us that getting older doesn't mean that you can't still be outrageous, sexy, or fun.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about how society views the elderly. What are some of the stereotypes about the aging? Does the media contribute to these stereotypes? Do you think shows like this one help to break them?
When do pranks cross the line? What's an example of an inappropriate or harmful prank? How does it feel to be the butt of a joke?