Darcy's Wild Life



Glamour girl moves to a farm -- silly slapstick.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Darcy is a stereotypical dumb blonde -- not a great role model. But her ditziness is balanced by her intelligent, responsible friend.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series intends to give a spoiled rich girl a touch of reality by moving her from the city to a farm. The main character is goodhearted but not too bright -- in other words, a stereotypical dumb blonde. Her redeeming qualities are her positive attitude and genuine affection for others. There's no real depth here -- just a lot of giddy, goofy silliness.

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What's the story?

DARCY'S WILD LIFE transplants a teen girl from Malibu to a small rural town so she can have a taste of a normal childhood. Darcy's movie star mom wants a more normal and realisitc life for her daughter. Darcy (Sara Paxton, Aquamarine) gives up her glamorous parties and exotic vacations and instead settles in to a life spent doing chores, hanging out with eccentric locals, and holding down a part-time job with the local veterinarian, where she makes friends with his no-nonsense daughter, Lindsay (Shannon Collis).

Is it any good?


In true slapstick tradition, everything is exaggerated for comic effect, and whatever Darcy tries to do goes wrong -- if she chops wood, she topples over backwards; if she milks a cow, she must chase it around the barn. Most of the locals, in their own way, are even goofier than Darcy (Lindsay seems to be the only sane one around), and comic mayhem ensues at every turn. But everything always turns out well, and Darcy's good heart and loving relationship with her mother save the day.

The humor is less than hilarious, and the comic situations (based as they all are on Darcy's inability to master the simplest skills) can get old. There's no real harm here, but you also won't be missing much if you choose to tune out.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Darcy's stereotypical character. Is she typical? Does she remind you of anyone -- famous or otherwise? Is there anything realistic about the series? Do the influences of city life create less of an opportunity to teach responsibility?

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Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
Adult Written bybumblebee April 9, 2008

Entertaining for all

This comedy treads on light water since it is aimed at a wide range of ages. It appeals to kids and adults can also not feel the need to leave the room or change the channel. Because of this, it brings adults and kids together in a rare treat of enjoying something together. Advanced animal information is provided by the veternarian and a teen with a special interest in nature is there to give his own input as well. Sara Paxton in the lead is sweet thou innocent in her take on her new farm life and therein lies the smile value for all.
Teen, 14 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

O.K. ; Not Really Funny

There is some humor in Darcy's Wild Life, but nothing really funny. Darcy's life is unrealistic in the way that she is so full of Hollywood and fashion. Most of the local charcters are ridiculus and Darcy is too naieve for my taste. Darcy has little true personality or special interest. the best part of this program is probably the veterinary office.


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