Denise Richards: It's Complicated

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Voyeuristic reality series isn't meant for kids.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

While the show has some positive messages about family and parenthood, much of the focus is on Richards' previous marriage, her dating life, and living a celebrity lifestyle.


Richards occasionally yells at tabloid photographers.


Some strong innuendo, including crude references to male genitals. Richards is seen in skimpy bikinis/underwear; she's also shown getting undressed and standing naked to get sprayed with sunless tanner (though no sensitive parts are shown). She goes on dates. Her pet pigs are shown mating; Richards refers to their genitals as "corkscrews."


Audible language includes words like "ass" and "hell." Stronger words, like "dick," "a-- hole," and "f--k," are bleeped.


The show is an obvious promotional vehicle for Richards.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some visible wine drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this reality series -- which follows actress Denise Richards as she attempts to rebuild her life after her mother's death and her own much-publicized divorce from Charlie Sheen -- includes some discussion of family and motherhood, it's more focused on Richards' attempts to revitalize her love life and rebuild her career. Conversations about men are frequently full of sexual innuendo (including crude references to male genitals), and Richards is sometimes seen in her underwear, modeling bikinis, and even completely naked (though no private parts are actually shown). There's also some social drinking and a fair amount of strong language, though curse words like "dick" and "f--k" are bleeped.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bybaygirl April 9, 2008

TV hits new low

sad, sad, sad...especially for her daughters who will someday face the utter embarrassment that is their "mother", at least as portrayed here.
self-ab... Continue reading
Adult Written byWillow1963 April 9, 2008

Denise Richards - A Refreshing New Reality Show!!

The Denise Richard's reality show started plugging the show sometime in April, and it looked good and I knew I would probably watch it, b/c I like Denise a... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 24, 2009

cheesy reality show

cheesy reality show that i watch
Teen, 17 years old Written bypasha&brady April 9, 2008

it was ok to me

this show should not be for kids 12 and under some kids may not now what it means but they could find out some dont lett young kids wach this movie

What's the story?

DENISE RICHARDS: IT'S COMPLICATED follows actress Denise Richards as she begins rebuilding her life after her mother's death and her own much-publicized divorce to actor Charlie Sheen. Helping her along in the process is her father, Irv, who moved in with Richards and her two young daughters after his wife's passing. Things are complicated by the pressure that Richards' sister Michelle and other well-intentioned friends place on her to jump into the L.A. dating scene. Oh, and she has to find a way to revive her acting career, too.

Is it any good?

Like most "celebreality" shows, It's Complicated has a handful of quirky moments thanks to Richards' circle of friends, her personal assistants, and her psychic. A menagerie of household pets -- including several pigs -- adds to the fray. But while these bits are lighthearted, they're overshadowed by Richards' comments about relationships and dating, which usually include subtle (and some not-so-subtle) references to her rocky relationships with Sheen and musician Richie Sambora. These conversations are particularly awkward when they take place on dates.

Ironically, while Richards claims that she wants to show the "real" her, it's painfully obvious that the series is mostly an attempt to keep her in the Hollywood spotlight. In between moments with her dad and kids are scenes of Richards taking off her clothes, posing in bikinis, and, in at least one instance, standing completely naked in front of the camera (though sensitive areas aren't shown). Meanwhile, conversations about her past and present love life are full of sexual innuendo and other strong language. As a result, while teens and adults may find this show mildly entertaining in a voyeuristic way, it's not an age-appropriate choice for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of celebrity-focused reality shows. What makes these celebs' lives entertaining? Why do you think some stars are willing to discuss very private issues -- like divorce or dating -- on television? Do you think reality TV is a good forum for discussing these topics? Families can also discuss stars using reality shows to jump-start their careers. Do you think it helps or hinders them in general? Do you think the celebs featured in these shows act the same way when the cameras aren't there?

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