A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series -- which follows reality celeb Audrina Patridge as she pursues her entertainment career -- focuses on the benefits of her tight-knit family. But it also highlights angry family arguments and negative tabloid moments, in which her mother is often involved. The language can be pretty salty ("hell," "piss"; other curses bleeped), and there's drinking (wine, champagne) and occasional cigarette smoking, as well as scenes of bikini and lingerie modeling shoots. High-end product logos (Mercedes-Benz; Badgley Mischka) are prominently visible.
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What's the story?
AUDRINA follows The Hills alum Audrina Patridge as she continues to pursue her modeling and acting careers while interacting with her lively, close-knit family. Cameras roll as she interacts with her parents: her rather tempestuous mom, Lynn, and her diplomatic father, Mark. Also joining the fray are married sister Casey, brother Marky, and teenager Samantha. Audrina’s life -- which includes going on modeling shoots, walking the catwalks at fashion shows, and revisiting her relationship with boyfriend Corey Bohan -- is pretty intense, but she knows that her family, no matter how outrageously they behave, will always be there to support her.
Is it any good?
Audrina offers viewers a voyeuristic look into the every day life of a reality star whose fame comes from a combination of her modeling and on-screen career and tabloid gossip. While a lot of the show’s focus is on the love of family, some of the drama centers on negative family dynamics, which usually involve Audrina’s mother. The reality star’s eroding romantic life also leads to some friction.
Audrina’s approach is quite down-to-earth and likable, but her overall world reflects a rather privileged and materialistic lifestyle. Ironically, she also makes a point of noting some of the negative impact that being a reality star has had on her life, including dealing with intrusive paparazzi. In turn, viewers are left wondering why she's starring in another reality show -- and why her family agreed to join her.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why families agree to appear on reality shows. Do you think the family dynamic featured here is genuine, or is it being played up for the cameras? What does the family have to gain by appearing on the show? What do they have to lose?
Audrina Patridge has made a successful career from her reality celebrity status. Does this success make her a good role model? Why or why not?
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