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La La's Full Court Life

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"Real" life after marriage feels childish and overproduced.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's no real attempt at an overarching message, but the show subtly promotes the pull of the celebrity lifestyle, warts and all.

Positive role models

The show attempts to portray La La's various roles as a "mom," "fashionista," "cover girl," "friend," and "TV personality," but some of her antics feel a little shallow and immature.
 

Violence

Usually none, but in one episode, the ladies go to a shooting range and fire weapons.

Sex

Sexual innuendo and some sexual humor, with shots of women in lingerie and occasional blurred nudity. One woman explains that her nipple rings keep her "turned on," etc., and runs mostly naked through the streets on a dare.

Language

Some bleeped swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), plus audible terms like "damn," "ass," and "pissed off."

Consumerism

The show touts two professional basketball teams -- first the Denver Nuggets and, later on, the New York Knicks. There are also blurred logos on clothing, etc.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Frequent social drinking with occasional overindulgence.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though this adult-oriented reality series carries a TV-PG rating, there's some iffy content in terms of sex and language, with characters talking about getting "turned on" by their own nipple rings and running mostly naked through the streets on a dare. There's also some bleeped swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), along with audible terms like "damn" and "ass." Characters drink socially, too, and occasionally overindulge.

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What's the story?

Following up on married life six months after La La's Full Court Wedding, LA LA'S FULL COURT LIFE moves in with TV personality Alani "La La" Vazquez and her professional athlete husband, Carmelo Anthony, as Carmelo transfers his family from Denver to play for the New York Knicks. While La La adjusts to East Coast living, she seeks solace in her friends and attempts to jump-start her acting career.

Is it any good?

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Moving on from the expensive, overblown nuptials she engineered for La La's Full Court Wedding, Vazquez is back with this needless (but generally harmless) sequel series that charts her life as a now-married newlywed and the wife of an NBA basketball star. But for all its attempts to show her "real" life after marriage, the show feels largely manufactured.

 

In the first episode alone, the show flies in two new characters to help things along: La La's best gal pals, understated singer Kelly Rowland and overgrown wild child Po, who join Vazquez in a trumped-up girls vs. guys bowling match in which the loser has to run naked through the snowy Denver streets. (And you'll never guess who has to strip!) But you also get the sense that, without all the artifice, there wouldn't be much else to see.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the heavy influence of celebrity on our culture. Why is being famous something that so many people aspire to? Do the realities of fame measure up to all the hype?

  • How does La La and Carmelo's relationship compare to some of the stereotypes that exist about professional athletes and their partners? What are healthy relationships so hard to come by in celebrity-driven professions?

  • How does this show compare with La La's other series chronicling her big-budget wedding? Does she seem more or less relatable now that the wedding is over and she's immersed in "real life"?

TV details

Premiere date:August 22, 2011
Cast:Carmelo Anthony, La La Vazquez
Network:VH1
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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