Parents' Guide to

Luke's Parental Advisory

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Our parental advisory? Kids should skip this one.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2008
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In many ways, Parental Advisory attempts to do for Campbell what The Osbournes did for rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his family. But unlike The Osbournes, this show won't be winning any Emmys. The Osbournes worked, in part, because it took a figure who was largely feared for his on-stage antics and showed him to be a hapless family man who loved his wife and kids but could never quite master the remote control. Parental Advisory, by contrast, takes a notoriously lewd public figure and shows him to be pretty lewd in his private life, too. And the worst part is, he's raising kids.

As a parent who peddles pornographic material for a living but expects his teens to stay away from it, Campbell sends mixed messages by the truckload. But when his friends at the local barbershop try to point out the hypocrisy, Campbell simply doesn't see it. In fact, he seems somewhat surprised when Kristin discovers a porno DVD hidden underneath Luther Jr.'s bed. "What I do is not for kids; what I do is for adults," he explains to Luther, after first making sure the film wasn't one from his personal collection. "That's a big difference." True, but how difficult will that difference be for his children -- or anyone else's -- to distinguish?

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