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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this spin-off of the popular Disney series That's So Raven picks up the story as the Baxter men (dad Victor and son Cory) move into the White House, where Victor is to be the president's personal chef. The show continues the exaggerated comedy style of its parent program, often putting characters into ridiculously unlikely situations for laughs -- and its White House locale offers plenty of opportunity for that. There's little to worry parents of older kids and tweens, since the overall silliness trumps any questionable material, and strong messages about self-respect, honesty, and friendship abound.
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What's the story?
In the Disney Channel's spin-off series CORY IN THE HOUSE, Kyle Massey reprises his That's So Raven role as 15-year-old Cory, the irrepressible teen with big entrepreneurial plans for his future. With the women of the house away, Cory and his dad, Victor (Rondell Sheridan, also a Raven veteran), move to the White House, where Victor oversees the presidential kitchen. Cory attends an elite private school, where his classmates are sons and daughters of high-ranking government and political officials. After a stumble with his self-image (quickly remedied by a reminder about being true to yourself), Cory easily befriends the beautiful Meena (Maiara Walsh), whose dad is the ambassador from the fictional country of Bahavia, and laid-back Newt (Jason Dolley), who's unaffected by his family's political dynasty ... including the helicopter that drops him at school each day.
Is it any good?
Ever the budding businessman, Cory wastes no time working his schmoozing magic on everyone he meets (including the president himself), but he soon discovers that the Washington crowd can be a tough one. One of his most difficult challenges may be the president's precocious (some might say "spoiled") 8-year-old daughter, Sophie (Madison Pettis), who delights in getting Cory into sticky situations.
There's little cause for concern with this show, and young Raven fans will likely enjoy the outlandish antics of her little brother -- who clearly can carry on the family tradition of silliness. But Cory in the House probably won't hold the attention of older tweens, who may be turned off by its highly unlikely scenarios and quick solutions to conflict. Parents who tune in with their kids might get a few chuckles of their own at the trite, comedic portrayal of President Martinez (John D'Aquino) and the inner workings of the White House.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about adapting to a new environment. Kids, when have you had to adjust to a new setting? Is it difficult to make new friends or adjust to unfamiliar routines? How do you go about doing so? Parents can also discuss how family members and friends stay in contact when they're separated geographically. Do your kids have family members who live far away? What are some of the ways they keep in touch?
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