Lipstick Jungle

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Sex-strewn NYC dramedy is too steamy for kids.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Although the main characters have admirable qualities, they're riddled with flaws. One in particular cheats on her husband with a younger man -- multiple times.

Violence
Sex

Sex isn't constant, but when it happens, it's hot and heavy. A man is shown ripping off a woman's stockings, and there's a lot of audible sighing. In another scene, the camera just barely frames out a man's naked groin.

Language

For such a sexy show, it's surprisingly tame, but "ass," "damn," and "hell" are used, as are body-part references like "testicles."

Consumerism

Occasional name-dropping takes place, including mentions of prescription drugs like Xanax and high-end brands like Armani and Fendi.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adult characters are shown drinking socially (including at lunch) and sometimes talk about wanting a drink in times of stress. One character also mentions weed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, even though it's on network television, this adult drama's sexual content is relatively graphic and iffy even for most teens. No naked body parts are shown, but in one scene, the camera does come very close to revealing a naked man's genitalia. Things don't get much better when it comes to role modeling. One of the three main female characters decides to cheat on her husband simply because he's stopped showing interest in her sexually. Expect a fair amount of social drinking and label-related name-dropping as well.

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Adult Written bypccangel April 9, 2008

I love it! Not for children or young teenagers.

Personally, this is one of my favorite shows. However, the sex scenes are a focal point of the show. Content includes adultery, lying, and large amounts of alco... Continue reading
Adult Written bylserap01 April 9, 2008

Below average

I've watched all three episodes to keep and open mind and I just really don't care for the show. Characters seem unbelieveable and really almost unli... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Based on the best-selling book by Sex in the City author Candace Bushnell, LIPSTICK JUNGLE focuses on the lives of three women -- one married with children, one married and childless, and one single -- living and working in New York City. Wendy Healy (Brooke Shields) is a movie industry exec, Nico Reilly (Kim Raver) is a magazine editor, and Victory Ford (Lindsay Price) is a fashion designer. Viewers aren't told exactly how they came to be friends, but they're close enough that they meet up regularly for lunch, Pilates, and rooftop rap sessions.

Is it any good?

Lipstick Jungle is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the success of Sex in the City (HBO's iconic version of Bushnell's first book) and compete with ABC's Cashmere Mafia (a show produced by SATC creator Darren Star). But, much like a fake Fendi you might buy from a Manhattan street vendor, Lipstick Jungle is a poorly constructed copy.

While Cashmere is snappy, bold, and ridiculous -- and knows it -- Lipstick strives for a more natural dramatic style, yet ultimately comes off as too contrived. Part of the reason is the awkwardly written dialogue that presents the lead characters as two-dimensional archetypes -- rather than relatable human beings with complex emotions -- who sometimes sound like they're reading lines from a bad play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the realities of being a woman and having a career, and whether a modern gal can truly "have it all." Is a working woman with children able to give 100 percent of herself to her job, her spouse, and her kids -- or will one of them get short shrift? How does that struggle work out in real life, as opposed to TV shows and movies? What's your take on each of the three main characters? What are their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to their personal and professional lives? Is the corporate jungle still a "man's world"? If so, what are some of the particular challenges that ladder-climbing women might face?

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