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Don't Tell the Bride

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

British wedding reality show tests limits of "true" love.

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It's always refreshing to watch the Brits' take on reality television, mostly because it eschews the catfights, staged dialogue, and "shocking twists" we've come to expect on this side of the pond. But it would be pretty naive to assume that Don't Tell the Bride doesn't have an ulterior motive in presenting brides and grooms with the chance to have their weddings completely paid for. After all, a good reality show needs at least some drama -- and, let's face it, most viewers need it, too.

There's more than a little schadenfreude involved when an overly controlling bride who expects two different dresses -- one for the ceremony and one for the reception -- gets only one, and she hates it to boot. And it only gets better when she screams into her hands and seethes, "He'd better love me forever, and he better never leave me." Blimey. There's a good lesson to be learned here about love, but not everyone will be interested in learning it.

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