A Double Shot at Love

 
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Hypersexual reality show offers two times the trouble.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series pits straight men against lesbian/bisexual women. There's lots of hyper-sexualized, hedonistic behavior, as well as lying, backstabbing, and catty behavior. Many of the male contestants exhibit over-the-top sexist attitudes. The Ikki twins are Caucasian; the participants are from various racial/ethnic backgrounds.

Violence

There's yelling, arguing, pushing, shoving, slapping, punching, and all-out brawling between participants. One contestant initiates a food fight to show that he's "the man of the house."

Sex

The show revolves around heterosexual, lesbian, and bisexual relationships. The overall behavior is hypersexualized: Kissing, hugging, and massaging are visible, while explicit sexual activity is discussed but not shown. Many of the participants dance very suggestively and wear skimpy outfits. Occasional nudity (usually of women's breasts) is blurred out. Some of the male contestants kiss the twins without their consent; the twins allow it, but they're not always pleased. One male contestant has a foot fetish. The twins'/contestants' various sexual orientations are presented as normal and acceptable, though there was some concern among contestants that the Ikki twins were transvestites.

Language

Audible lanugage includes words like "crap", "ass," and "bitch"; stronger curse words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. The names of specific genital areas are also bleeped, but phrases like "douche bag" aren't.

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for the Ikki twins; their image is frequently visible in magazines and online.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Consumption of beer and hard alcohol is prominently featured, including lots of shots of tequila. Many of the contestants act drunk and/or violent after drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this latest spin-off of MTV's A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila features men and women competing for the affections of the Ikki twins, two young bisexual women who are apparently looking for a serious relationship. The series openly discusses bisexuality and lesbianism and pits lesbian women against straight men for the twins' affections. It's full of extreme, hedonistic behavior, including fighting, heavy drinking, and blatant sexual innuendo. All of that makes it a very iffy pick for anyone except adults who are able to recognize it as an intentionally over-the-top guilty pleasure.

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What's the story?

A DOUBLE SHOT AT LOVE is the latest entry in MTV's A Shot at Love franchise. This time it centers on the bisexual "Ikki twins," Rikki and Vikki, who are determined to find love among the 12 straight men and 12 lesbian/bisexual women who are vying to win their hearts. When the contestants aren't competing for some quality time with at least one of the Ikkis, they spend their time partying and arguing with each other as they try to coexist under one roof. At the end of each episode, the twins must decide who they're closer to falling in love with -- and whose romantic spark has fizzled. In the end, each twin will narrow the field to one person with whom they want to build a relationship.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Like its predecessors, A Double Shot At Love plays up the hedonistic behavior that viewers have come to expect from these types of reality shows, including drunken partying, endless cat fighting, crass language, and strong sexual innuendo. Many of the contestants' rather freakish behaviors add to the circus-like atmosphere. But rather than titillating audiences, a lot of the antics come off as contrived and silly.

The Ikki twins' rather wholesome persona adds to the show's awkwardness, especially when they seem to be trying a little too hard to enjoy some of the contestants' over-the-top behavior. As a result, the show is full of voyeuristic moments that seem uncomfortably forced, despite their best efforts to be entertaining.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media address different sexual orientations. How does the media affect how society views sexuality? What stereotypes do TV shows and movies play up? Which ones do they counter? Families can also discuss twins. What do you think it would be like to have a twin sister or brother? Do twins always share the same personal characteristics (like sexual orientation)?

TV details

Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byPlague December 15, 2009
 

Shoot me in the head...

Dreadful, dull, pathetic, pointless, sensless, fake, and exactly what I would expect from MTV's desperosity to get viewers.
Adult Written bylittletaco December 13, 2008
 

A double shot at awesome!!!

I looooove this show! These twins are so hot! It is filled with drama, and entertainment! If you need twice the guilty pleasure, this is the show for you!

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