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Parents' Guide to

Coolio's Rules

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Parenthood is this rapper's new paradise.

TV Oxygen Reality TV 2008
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The show is full of both amusing and poignant moments as Coolio and his kids try to negotiate the boundaries of their relationship. The rapper finds himself coping with a messy house, teen dating, and his daughters' underhanded attempts to set him up on blind dates with women they approve of. Meanwhile, Artis tests his dad's patience by refusing to accept any of advice about growing up and going into the music industry. And, like any parent, Coolio experiences the frustration that comes with discovering that his kids don't always follow his rules -- and the disappointment that comes with learning that his kids' priorities don't necessarily match his own.

Coolio's communication style may not always be the smoothest or most appropriate (as when he tells his son that good cooking will lead to "a woman's panties coming off"), but he loves his kids and, in his own way, tries to teach them responsibility and instill a good work ethic. But the show has its fair share of strong language, and some of the kids' behavior -- like throwing parties at the house when expressly told not to -- doesn't always set the best example. But when all is said and done, there are some positive messages here about family. It's a little strong for tweens, but teens should be able to handle it.

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