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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this MTV reality series includes some strong language (particularly, frequent use of "f--k," which is bleeped out but nonetheless recognizable). Also, the owner of Fast Inc. proposes lying to a client to secure a car, and the show glamorizes the notion that celebrities and millionaires can get anything they want just because they have money.
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What's the story?
MTV's reality show FAST INC. revolves around three guys -- Christian, Todd, and Tater, known collectively as the Fast Ashleys -- who make a business out of finding specific cars for celebrities, models, photo shoot directors, multimillionaires, and other elite customers. And as if finding the cars weren't difficult enough in itself, they also promise to fill the tall orders in a ridiculously short time frame -- hence the name Fast Inc. Christian is the main contact at Fast Inc. and runs the operation from an office on Hollywood's trendy Melrose Ave., while Todd and Tater are the car hunters who make dozens of phone calls and meet with everyone from well-known actors to a toothless man who lives surrounded by abandoned cars in the desert. A shop in Joshua Tree, Calif., serves as headquarters for Todd and Tater while they make the calls and wait for cars to get fixed up. Sometimes, their search has them driving several hours to another state at a moment's notice to pick up a car.
Is it any good?
Aside from learning how to bargain and seeing examples of how persistence pays off, young viewers probably won't take away too much of value from this show, but it's entertaining enough, especially for car enthusiasts. Some possible negative influences on young viewers include the dealers' foul language and questionable actions and attitudes (such as lying in order to secure a car), as well as the notion that celebrities can get anything they want just because they have money.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it takes to run a successful business, and whether the people in this show are going about it the right way. What are some of the positive aspects of the way Christian runs the business? Does he do anything that seems dishonest, and if so, what? What do you think of Tater's general attitude about the hard work involved in finding cars? What's good about his attitude, and what's negative? Do you think that making promises to celebrities and millionaires -- even if you're not sure you can fulfill the promise -- is a good way to run a business? Could it have a negative impact in the long run?