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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this so-so comedy is rife with sexual innuendo. And while the show's theme is about helping men demystify and better relate to women, one character objectifies and uses women on a near-daily basis.
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What's the story?
In the WB's sitcom MODERN MEN, a life coach helps three bachelors try to figure out women. Tim (Josh Braaten) can't seem to make his girlfriend happy and ends up getting dumped when he can't commit to a romantic trip to Europe. Sensitive Doug (Eric Lively) is having trouble getting over his recent divorce. Kyle (Max Greenfield) prefers to hop in bed with -- and then bolt from -- a revolving door of babes, only to later face their ire. Perplexed by women, they enlist the help of Dr. Victoria Stangel (Jane Seymour), a sexy life coach who challenges them to change the way they relate to the opposite sex.
Is it any good?
Adults who have navigated dating's murky waters will appreciate how Modern Men tackles age-old relationship issues such as trust, loyalty, and communication. But the jokes and innuendos might fly over the heads of younger viewers. Still, in the end, the three male leads come across as meaning well, making Modern Men a pretty harmless half-hour of fun, which parents can use to talk to teens about what to expect when they start dating.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what to expect when you're dating someone. How should you treat that person? Why is it important to communicate? Are men and women really as different as pop culture would lead us to believe? In what ways? Do the show's characters reflect a realistic range of behaviors and attitudes about the "battle of the sexes"?
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