A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some girls are positive role models; others are exceedingly poor ones. But the worst offender is one of the mothers. During her audition tape (cilps are shown repeatedly), she describes the women she won't allow her son to date: "I cannot have a black one. I can't have an Asian one. ... I have a lot of friends who are black, but I just can't see that. ... I can't have a mixture at all. No mixture for my son. It has to be a white girl." She also rules out Muslims, Jews, "fatt-butt" girls, and anyone who's been divorced ... which eliminates more than half of the girls who are vying for her son's affection.
Violence & Scariness
No actual fighting, but words can get heated -- fast. One girl throws down her martini glass in anger during a confrontation with one of the guys' mothers, and other girls have to hold her back.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Guys take their shirts off, and girls walk around in skimpy bikinis, exposing cleavage and the occasional buttock. Guys and girls also make out during hot-and-heavy encounters in the mansion's hot tub. One contestant admits to posing in Playboy; another was the Penthouse Pet of the Year; while another has a 2-year-old son. A few girls also refer to their "boob jobs."
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Mild curse words like "hell," "damn," and "bitch" are audible; anything stronger is bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Most of the participants drink alcohol during parties and other social occasions, but all are of age.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's very little in this reality dating show that's actually good for their kids to watch -- catfights, sex, and other below-the-belt antics are the norm. Translation? Teens would be better served to skip this show entirely. While some of the participants reveal themselves to be good people, there are plenty of negative role models, including one of the guys' mothers, who's unabashedly prejudiced against anyone who isn't white when it comes to her son's love life. Mild curse words like "bitch" and "hell" fly, too, in addition to a good amount of social drinking, making out, and more.
Is It Any Good?
Although Momma's Boys could result in at least one genuine love match (hey, it has a one in 3 shot, right?), it's far too reliant on Springer-style drama that makes just about everyone involved look bad. There's also a level of genuine creepiness to the way that at least two of the mothers dote on their handsome sons. In short, this show won't change the world -- far from it. More likely, it will make the ever-rotting landscape of reality television a more frightening place.
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