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Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Positive messages about motherhood, plus publicity stunts.

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age 18+


This should have been called life is tripe. I am amazed at the three star rating. This show was boring, badly acted, whiney, and really stupid. No one can learn aything from this except how to be a hypocrite. I need my family- so I moved to CA from AK. Tripp doesnt see his daddy, so I moved him from AK to CA. People look at me too much-so I went on a reality show, I love my son, so I leave him alone to go to bars and go shopping. I don't care about clothes and image, so I buy sexyclothes and get plastic surgery, Whine whine moan moan, poor me poor me. Stomach turning. Oh yeah, helping the poor? She went to skid row and would not get out of the car. That's not helping, that's slumming and sight-seeing. Pathetic

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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The series offers a voyeuristic look into the unique life of a young woman whose private life became national news as a result of her mother's political career. Much of the focus is on the challenges she faces as a young, single mother, and the cultural differences that exist between her Alaskan upbringing and the value systems of other people in a different -- and less conservative -- part of the country. Ironically, it also shows how she struggles with the media attention.

The series paints a sympathetic and very family-oriented picture of the Palins, which, regardless of whether it is accurate or not, makes the show feel like a publicity stunt. Scenes of Sarah Palin in action and references to Tripp's father, Levi Johnston, and his alleged inappropriate behaviors only adds to this. As a result, while the show sends a positive message about family and motherhood, one is left wondering about the real reasons why Bristol has opted to willingly place herself and her son in the reality limelight.

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