Parents' Guide to

Bank of Hollywood

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Celebrity panel helps makes dreams come true -- with cash.

TV E! Reality TV 2009
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The series, which is based on the British show Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway, takes on a variety show-like quality as requesters dress up, perform, and/or share personal anecdotes and video clips that highlight the special circumstances behind their appeal for funds. But the real entertainment comes from the quirkier and/or sillierproposals -- which include "dreams" such as following Madonna to every city of latest her world tour (in order to do charity work, of course) and building a new and improved stripper pole.

Some of the featured requesters are definitely greedy, but the judges seem unwilling to reward this kind of behavior -- instead, their generosity is inspoired by those who demonstrate a real need or special talent and/or present a creative plan to help someone else. And along with their donations, the celeb panelists also offer important advice to those looking for quick cash: It's better to work hard and earn things rather than relying on someone to give it to them.

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