What parents need to know
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.
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?