What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cheesy tween comedy is about as far from reality as a story can get, so there's little substance for its target audience. Teen boys-turned-kings rule their island nation according to their own rules -- meaning they rarely ask for guidance from adults and don't feel the full consequences of their actions, which sometimes endanger the people they're supposed to be leading. Although the show clearly is meant to be funny rather than serious, its irreverent portrayal of cultural customs like costumes and dances gives viewers an inaccurate impression of real world cultures. On the plus side, there's no iffy language, the violence is only slapstick, and Brady and Boomer do slowly learn to consider the feelings of others as they settle into their leadership role.
What's the story?
Life takes an unexpected turn for twins Brady (Mitchel Musso) and Boomer (Doc Shaw) when they learn that they're actually heirs to the throne of a tropical island. Suddenly the years of getting picked on in high school seem like a distant memory with their new utopia in sight and -- as they see it -- legions of followers to do their bidding. As it turns out, there's more to being kings than they thought, and with their cunning younger cousin, Lanny (Ryan Ochoa), gunning for their job, they'll have to be on their game. It will take all the patience of their royal guard, Mason (Geno Segers), and his helpful daughter, Mikayla (Kelsey Chow), to get them acclimated to their new surroundings ... and their new responsibilities.
Is it any good?
Let's lay it on the line: PAIR OF KINGS is corny, corny, corny. The cast overacts, the punchlines are predictable, and the scenario is ridiculous. Th fact that Brady and Boomer look absolutely nothing alike is explained by the fact that their parents were multicultural. Lanny's attempts to overthrow the kings are directed by an oversized talking fish he keeps as a pet, and the island is inhabited by 60-pound insects and native tribes who sport ginormous arachnids on their foreheads.
And it doesn't stop there. The teens -- however inept -- are given free rein on the island. No one advises them, and their personal desires become law. In other words, they're living a tween's dream -- but at the expense of any sense of reality. Of course, that very fact is why tweens (at least those who can overlook the cheese factor) may enjoy the show, but it's worth pointing out the real-life repercussions of the characters' misguided actions. If a positive note can be found, it's in the opportunity that Brady and Boomer have to evolve from self-centered teens to empathetic leaders.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about responsibility. What are some of your responsibilities? What are the repercussions if you don't follow through on them? What are the rewards when you do?
Do you think this show is trying to convey any specific messages to kids? Does a TV show need to have a strong message to be worthwhile entertainment? Why or why not?
What qualities make a good leader? Whom do you see as a strong leader or role model? Do you like being a leader? What are the challenges of the role? Are Brady and Boomer good leaders/role models?