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Breaking Amish: Brave New World

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Spin-off features more drinking, strong language.

TV TLC Reality TV 2013
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Brave New World attempts to continue its parent series' original narrative by revealing how each cast member is struggling to adapt to the culture of the English (non-Amish) world and gain a sense of belonging, while quietly holding on to what they love about their former communities, who no longer want anything to do with them. But most of the focus is on the soap opera-like relationships between the members of the group, most of what appears obviously contrived to create lots of voyeuristically entertaining moments.

Much is made about the intolerant acts members of their former Amish/Mennonite communities have committed against the cast since they left their homes. While this is troubling, some viewers may also take issue with their failure to take any real responsibility for the on-camera behavior that has inspired this hostility, like drinking heavily, engaging in casual sexual encounters, and in some cases, openly disparaging the Amish and Mennonite way of life. As a result, rather than being inspired by their courage to find their own way, you are just left feeling disappointed by their antics.

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