Bridalplasty

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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All the worst body image messages wrapped up in one show.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show reinforces the concept of fairy-tale perfection -- both in terms of having the "perfect" wedding and the "perfect" body -- at a level that's completely unattainable for the average person. There's no attempt to promote body acceptance, and most women are overfocused on their perceived "flaws."

Positive Role Models & Representations

At least one contestant wants a breast augmentation because she's undergone extensive surgeries to remove cysts, etc. But the majority of the women simply want to look better to they can feel more attractive. One says she's there to "become the perfect bride" for her husband.

Violence

Aside from the fact that the winner will go under the knife, the contestants occasionally bicker and get into catfights.

Sex

A few contestants are topless during their consultations with a sugeon, so there's some blurred nudity. There are also a few references to having sex, in addition to some kissing when a contestant's husband visits.

Language

Bleeped swearing ("f--k" and "s--t") in addition to audibles like "damn," "shut up," etc.

Consumerism

The show's official surgeon, Dr. Terry J. Dubrow, gets a lot of face time.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking (champagne).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the grand prize in this reality competition is an all-expenses-paid "celebrity" wedding -- and a full course of free plastic surgery to go along with it. And since only the brides are competing (and not their grooms), the overarching message is that women should try to look as perfect as possible on their big day, even if that means going under the knife for a nose job, a breast augmentation, or liposuction. In addition, there's the usual amount of bleeped reality show swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), plus some audibles like "damn" and "hell," along with social drinking and catfighting. There's also a bit of blurred nudity when women are consulting with their surgeon, although it's clearly a clinical situation.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLayneE February 17, 2011

I'd rather watch Nip Tuck. Seriously.

Is this really the message you want people to see? Self absorbed brides wanting to fix their "problems" by cutting up the issues and having them recon... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTacoSpartan December 10, 2010

Show me....the ADAM!

This show is stupid, really. I've never watched it, but C'MON. You don't have to to see the stupid. The funny this is, almost all the chicks on t... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byteamjacobgirl2.0 December 13, 2010

Worst show there could ever be

Why does everything always have to do with plastic surgey and looking "perfect"? Does anyone see that plastic surgey only makes you look worst? How is... Continue reading

What's the story?

Melding the reality TV worlds of extreme makeovers and extreme weddings, BRIDALPLASTY gives 12 prospective brides the chance to compete for the wedding of their dreams along with head-to-toe plastic surgery to ensure that they look as "perfect" as possible. But over the course of four long months away from their mates (the women are living together in a well-appointed house), their insecurities -- and, in some cases, claws -- really come out. Reality star and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler hosts, with Dr. Terry J. Dubrow (from The Swan) sitting in as the show's official plastic surgeon.

Is it any good?

Here come the brides, and what a group they are -- from the plus-sized Alexandra, who lost 73 pounds on The Biggest Loser (where she also met her fiance, Antoine) and desperately wants to finish the work she started, to the painfully insecure Lisa Marie, who wants every type of plastic surgery available so she can finally feel attractive. But aside from some head-shaking cases, what's truly troubling is the gnawing sense that some of these women wouldn't normally want extensive surgery...but they've accepted it as a quid pro quo to getting a fairy tale wedding for free.

It's no surprise that mainstream critics have dubbed Bridalplasty universally horrible, and based on the uber-negative messaging it's pumping out to women -- and, more importantly, young girls -- when it comes to beauty, perfection, and happiness, we're hoping that viewers will agree it's a total stinker.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the message this show sends when it comes to women, weddings, self-esteem, and the quest for perfection. Why do some brides put so much emphasis on the way they look when they walk down the aisle? Is looking "perfect" on your wedding day any guarantee that your marriage will be perfect too?

  • Why would a woman agree to be on a show like this? Do most of the contestants seem more interested in the all-expenses-paid wedding, or the all-expenses-paid surgery? Is the show really trying to help them, or is it merely exploiting the women's insecurities?

  • Why is this show so controversial? What is it doing differently than other makeover/wedding shows on television?

TV details

For kids who love reality television

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