I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

Common Sense Media says

Overexposed stars go wild in audience-driven contest.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some celebrities are in it to win it, scoring money for charities they're truly passionate about. Others are clearly in the jungle to promote their own questionable careers.

Violence

Heated verbal arguments between contestants get physical (think hand-slapping and pushing) on rare occasions.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo, as well as talk between newlyweds about the challenges of not having sex.

Language

Some bleeped cursing, along with audible words like "ass," "hell," "shut up" and "poo-poo."

Consumerism

At least two of these celebs are blatantly trying to enhance their own fame -- and future earning potential. Others might be guilty of the same crime, but they're far more subtle about it.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Steroids are mentioned.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this audience-driven reality competition airs live four nights a week over the course of a single month. (So if there are things you find questionable in terms of content, prepare for an onslaught.) You'll also hear a little potty talk and some bleeped cursing and see heated arguments that occasionally get physical between celebrity contestants. Stars' motives range from true (thank you, Lou Diamond Phillips) ... to blatantly fame-seeking (we're looking at you, Spencer Pratt).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

I'M A CELEBRITY ... GET ME OUT OF HERE! sends 11 stars of varying degrees of fame (including reality show veterans Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt of The Hills and the wife of disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich) to the Costa Rican jungle, where they'll fend for themselves in a live, Survivor-style elimination contest that's ultimately decided by viewers at home. The show is a revamp of a British series by the same name.

Is it any good?

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As far as entertainment value goes, this reality-show "pleasure" is as guilty as sin. Sure, there's a touchy-feely aspect to a contest that donates money to the winning celeb's charity of choice. But most people tuning in are hoping for a train-wreck -- or two, or three -- and they're likely to get what they came for.

After all, it's both shocking and unsurprising that, in today's instant-fame age, the wife of a fallen former governnor (who still gets visibly upset when she has to talk about her husband's involvement in a widely publicized "pay-to-play" scandal) would agree to appear on a reality show that pokes subtle fun at her family's foibles. In this case, reality seems stranger than fiction.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why producers chose these particular celebrities -- and why the stars would agree to participate in the first place. Do you think they're playing along for the sheer sake of donating to a charity, or are they being paid for their televised appearances? Which stars seem genuine -- and which seem like they're putting on a show?

TV details

Cast:Heidi Montag, Janice Dickinson, Spencer Pratt
Network:NBC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byKaty0 July 2, 2009
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14
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Meh

Nothing to get excited about. Lackluster at best.

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old Written bygewn November 8, 2009
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9
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for kidz

I wach the show and I'am 9 yers old and I was waching this sence I was 7 HA HA sow its age 7 and up

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old Written bySpongebob Fan August 9, 2009
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5
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Funny Show! Not as inappropriate as some think...

I watched it! I'm ten and I LOVED it! It's a fun show to watch, especially the stupid celebrities that are spoiled. People are probably wondering "What's the POSITIVE MESSAGE?" And it is that celebrities can live in the jungle... =\

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages

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