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Parents' Guide to

Life with La Toya

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Publicity ploy disguised as comeback story; mature topics.

TV OWN Reality TV 2013
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Life With La Toya is a stylized TV version of a tell-all book that uses dramatically scripted moments to address the many tabloid rumors and public events that have surrounded the Jackson family over the years. Seemingly personal conversations with family members, including her controversial father Joe and her late brother Michael's children, only adds the exploitative nature of the show.

Despite claims of feeling more empowered, La Toya's discussions about her troubled past often make her sound more like a victim than someone who has worked hard to overcome adversity. She also appears disconnected from the real world thanks to her opulent lifestyle and quirky habits. There is no shortage of voyeuristic moments here, and no doubt that curious Jackson fans will want to get the scoop on some of the family's most controversial moments. But the overall show falls short of offering anything inspiring.

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