Parents' Guide to

Joan Knows Best?

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Salty talk, stupid schemes fuel famous family's "reality."

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A respected comedian who's found her niche as a crass critic of red carpet fashion -- and an eye-opening example of plastic surgery excesses -- Joan Rivers is all too aware that she's aging. She's also savvy enough to realize that, in today's 24-7 "infotainment" culture, she's a brand just like any other product, and that if she wants to stay relevant, she's got to work at it. Unfortunately, that's the problem with Joan Knows Best?, which ends up feeling like Joan's working way too hard. Melissa seems like she's along for the ride, while her son, Cooper, is just trying to be a kid.

For a far more fascinating look at the "real" Joan and the way she lives her life, Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's penetrating 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work will show you everything you need to know. (Including what Joan really looks like underneath all that makeup.)

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