Date My Mom

Common Sense Media says

Moms "sell" their daughters to drooling young men.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Contestants play up their behavior for the camera -- mothers included. The portrayal of dating, young men and women, and moms is disturbing.

Violence
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Sex

Heavy sexual innuendos.

Language

Occasional bleeping. Some four-letter-words seep in.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know about this show's negative representation of other parents and their kids on this show. While mothers vie to get their daughter a date with the male contestant, they often choose to discuss their daughter's physical features to their potential suitor. There are also heavy sexual innuendos and discussions of "party girls" or being "wild and freaky."

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

On DATE MY MOM, three moms compete by dating a young male contestant and vying for him to select their daughter to take out on a real date. Generally, guys presume the age-old adage \"like mother, like daughter,\" and select girls based on how attractive the mother is. But mother knows best -- and to keep afoot in the competition, mothers increase their chance of winning by divulging their daughters' best \"assets\" in great detail. Moms are quick to talk about their daughter's breast size, nice butt, or slim figure. At decision time, the boy eliminates the girls he's not interested in by letting the mom know what it was that she said about her daughter that turned him off. Once mom hears, \"I do not want to date your daughter,\" she presents her daughter to the boy. When the final winner is selected, she hugs her date and runs off with him down the beach.

Is it any good?

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So much for mothers telling their daughters how to behave on a first date. Rather, the girls coach their moms before letting them walk out the door for their date. Standard questions include, "What are you going to tell him about me, Mom?" and "Don't tell him I'm... high maintenance, have a big butt, don't have any boobs. or that I'm really smart." Other popular tips for mom include "Tell him that I ... have a nice butt, look like Jennifer Lopez, that I am pursuing my modeling career, have big boobs," or all of the above. More often than not, moms deliver these messages to the boy, who is all too happy to hear the dish.

Date My Mom is poorly staged and clearly coaches contestants to make sexual connotations or competitive, catty comments. As far as dating shows go, this would be one with the least amount of integrity, imagination, and authenticity. While this is MTV and meant to be tongue-and-cheek, the show is still disturbing, pathetic, and down right lame. Parents will be left wishing for the comparatively innocent days of The Dating Game, and kids will be left with a distorted image of the dating world and how far their mom will go to secure them a date.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their own rules regarding dating and blind dates. Issues to discuss include: are girls portrayed in a positive light? Is there a genuine interest from either party to find a date or is this a game? Do kids feel competition in getting a date? For parents, how do you feel you are represented in this program?

TV details

Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Adult Written bygoldfishee27 April 9, 2008
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how can the moms not be ashamed doing this?

i agree with the csm review on this show. the concept of dating is completely skewed by looking at only physically attractive traits and how rough and "fun" the girl may be. it makes me wonder if the guy on the show ever feels weird that he's going on three dates with women that are the same age as his very own mother, or if the mothers feel weird going on a date with a guy that is at least 20 years younger than they are. there's no shame; in the world of mtv, everything is cool and legit.
Adult Written byMindypin April 9, 2008
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Garbage

Not surprising coming from MTV.
Teen, 14 years old Written bysacri August 27, 2010
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just fine for twelve and up

I may just be another teenager with a different perspective, but the way this site rates shows and other media with age is so ridiculous! This show in perticular is stupid, but it's ok for twelve year olds and up because they know a lot more past mentrual cycles and relationships from 7th grade health class. Society has let kids and teens explore with their minds about what happens beyond the internet and tv, and look what we've become. Teenagers aren't young and naive and by the time you're 14, physical puberty is just about done so Common Sense needs to fix their little info on the page about tv that's appropriate for 13-15.

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