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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Former Sweet 16ers finally learn a lesson.

TV MTV Reality TV 2008
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Now this is a good show

sweet 16ers get a taste of real life .It's so fun watching brats suffer in 3rd world countries.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

As these young people struggle through a week without beds, showers, or designer shoes, they do begin to appreciate what they have at home and understand the importance of having a strong work ethic. But, like its parent series, the show still manages to take things to extremes. Rather than having their spoiled kids volunteer for one of the many less-exotic, underserved communities in this country, the parents send their progeny to international locations that most people only dream about visiting. Meanwhile, the various communities that the kids live in -- as well as the jobs they're asked to do -- are often presented as primitive, which reinforces stereotypes about these countries and their people.

On the positive side, these clueless young people do seem to develop some sort of self-awareness after their week in "exile." Some even get embarrassed about their excessive materialism and how they live at home. It's hard to tell whether these revelations lead to life-long transformations, but at least these teens will be able to look back at their experience and remember that there are people out there who aren't as privileged as they are. And those are great lessons for them to learn -- but you can't help but wonder whether their parents will ever catch on that these are the kinds of things they should be teaching their kids at home.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 25, 2008
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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