Adventures in Hollyhood

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Oscar-winning rappers head west; hijinks ensue.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The guys are generally well behaved, though they party, drink, and hunt for women. Issues of race and prejudice sometimes come into play.

Violence

Some allusions to violence in music. The group records a song for the Jackass, folks and there's some discussion about their crazy stunts.

Sex

Guys stare at women and sometimes make appreciative comments about female bodies. One episode follows one of the men as he meets a woman and brings her home and into his bedroom, where she straddles him.

Language

Plenty of profanity, though the harsher words are bleeped.

Consumerism

There's definitely an emphasis on lavish lifestyles -- the guys drive a Rolls and live in a mansion.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Fair amount of drinking. One guy in particular drinks frequently, and the others joke about his habits.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality show -- which follows a Southern rap group's move to Hollywood -- includes plenty of profanity (mostly bleeped), a good deal of drinking, and some sexual activity. The main male characters ogle women and sometimes make catcalls. In one scene, one of the rappers takes a woman upstairs (ostensibly for sex), and she playfully smacks him while straddling him (still clothed). One character is known for his drinking, and the camera catches him doing shots privately. Other characters joke about his drinking. Issues of race and prejudice come into play, such as when the African-American rappers arrive in their fancy new neighborhood and get lots of stares from the Caucasian folks on the streets.

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What's the story?

Fish-out-of-water reality show ADVENTURES IN HOLLYHOOD tracks the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia, famous for their song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," the theme song to Hustle & Flow, as they move from Memphis to Hollywood to cash in on their recent success. Though the guys might look intimidating to some -- most of them are rather large, several tend to act wild in public, and all look like tough guys -- they turn out to be sweet and eager to make their mark, make friends, and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Watching them prepare for an impromptu party designed to get to know their mansion-living neighbors (a suggestion from Juicy's dad), viewers see the guys painstakingly prepare ribs, make invitations, and sit, dejected, when nobody shows up. And the guys stay somewhat grounded, with help from Juicy J's dad, a Memphis preacher, who gives Juicy, DJ Paul, and the rest of the Three 6 guys (who need to be reminded not to curse in the pastor's presence) positive reinforcement and encouragement.

Is it any good?

While much of the show focuses on the men working and making career-building connections, there's also a fair amount of partying and scoping out women, and there are some semi-sexual scenes of playful, physical flirting in bedrooms. Adventures in Hollyhood also touches on some racial issues -- like when the Mafia's white neighbor suggests that the fellows will be more successful if they slow down their music and use language that "most" people can understand. In other scenes, white people gawk at the guys as they drive through their fancy new neighborhood.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what this series' point is. Is it just to follow the Three 6 Mafia guys as they experience new things and people, or is there a bigger message? If so, what is it? How is it similar to and different from other MTV reality shows? Families can also discuss fish-out-of-water scenarios. What's so funny or interesting about seeing these particular guys in Hollywood? Have you ever felt out of place where you live or while traveling? What's it like getting to know new surroundings?

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