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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Contestants play up their behavior for the camera -- mothers included. The portrayal of dating, young men and women, and moms is disturbing.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Heavy sexual innuendos.
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Occasional bleeping. Some four-letter-words seep in.
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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."
Is It Any Good?
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.
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