Money Hungry

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Weight-loss challenge relies on money as a motivator.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show uses cash as the sole motivator for losing weight. There's no discussion about having a positive body image and/or healthy ways to lose weight.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some of the contestants are committed to losing weight, while others appear to be more interested in being on a reality show. There's a good bit of interpersonal drama among them. The contestants are a fairly diverse group.

Violence

Contestants are often shown arguing, yelling, and screaming at each other.

Sex

In one episode, contestants are shown licking alcohol off of one another’s bodies. One contestant takes off his shorts in the pool (no visible nudity). Some of the men wear thongs when going into the pool. Constant references to "balls."

Language

The word “bitch” is audible, while those like “s--t,” “f--k,”  and “c--t” are bleeped.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The teams have to resist the temptation of raiding the house’s well-stocked liquor cabinet. Some of the competitors are occasionally shown drinking tequila shots, beer, wine, and champagne. On one occasion a contestant drinks to the point of throwing up.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this weight-loss competition series uses money as the contestants' major motivator for losing weight -- factors related to long-term, healthy weight loss aren't the point here. The language can get pretty strong (words like “s--t,” “f--k,” and “c--t” are bleeped), and there's plenty of sexual innuendo, verbal arguments, and drinking (many participate, and at least one cast member gets drunk). And, like many weight-loss shows, the series sets very unrealistic goals when it comes losing large amounts of weight within a short period of time.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byyellowdiamond15 August 13, 2010

funny!

i think its funny but has some f and b words, and some drinking
Teen, 13 years old Written byMOVIE13 August 23, 2010

funny with a mix of iffy stuff....

This show is pritty good. It's ful of entertainment every where you look....... But some of the content isnt the most appropreat for kids. Like there is so... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MONEY HUNGRY, 10 pairs of overweight people compete in a weight-loss challenge for a cash prize. (In an interesting twist, each twosome -- consisting of friends, co-workers, and relatives -- has put $10,000 of their own money into the prize pot.) They go through a series of weight-loss challenges under the guidance of experts such as Dr. Alwin Lewis and trainer Richard Cassiola; each duo must lose enough combined weight to avoid being eliminated after the weekly weigh-in. The final two teams in contention will get their $10,000 back, but only the team that loses the most body fat at the end of the competition walks away with the grand $100,000 prize.

Is it any good?

The series, which is hosted by Dan Cortese, features the over-the-top exercise routines and unrealistic weight-loss expectations we've come to expect from similar types of shows. And in this case, because the contestants are using their own money as a motivator for losing weight, they seem driven more by greed than by a genuine desire to shed some pounds.

Some of the more eccentric teams’ antics -- like weird dancing and head shaving -- are funny, but they usually come accompanied by strong language, arguing, and drinking. Folks who like this sort of thing may find it entertaining, but overall the series fails to offer any real weight-loss inspiration.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the media typically depicts weight loss and those who are overweight. what it means to be overweight. Does this show depart from the usual treatment or not?

  • Do you think shows like this one really inspire people to lose weight and/or promote positive body image?

TV details

For kids who love reality TV

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