Monica: Still Standing

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality show about rebounding R&B star has a positive vibe.

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Positive Messages

The series highlights the challenges associated with creating a hit record and emphasizes the importance of family in a person’s life. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Monica sends the message that if you're strong enough and have faith, you can overcome all of life’s trials. She's a single mom who's committed to her young children; prayer and family are also important to her.

Violence

Some of the troubling events in Monica’s past have been associated with violence, but these events aren't discussed on the show. There are occasional mild disagreements between Monica and her producers/the label.

Sex

Featured song lyrics may contain some strong sexual innuendo.

Language

Generally the language is mild, but the potential for stronger words is always there.

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for Monica, as well as j Records, Adonis Recordings, and the other music industry players helping launch her new album. The logo for Delta Airlines is visible. Monica drives a Mercedes Benz.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows R&B singer Monica as she records a new album and juggles her personal life -- has positive messages about family, motherhood, and being true to yourself. Compared to many reality shows, the conflict and language are mild (though there's always the potential for some racy song lyrics to pop up). It does serve as a promotional vehicle for the singer and her forthcoming album, and logos for industry players like  j records and Adonis Recordings are visible, as are brands like Mercedes Benz.

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Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written byniecey1 November 24, 2009

perfect for adults, and positive for the young teens

I love still standing monica is a great role model and im glad to c her bak in the studio

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What's the story?

MONICA: STILL STANDING follows R&B singer Monica as she attempts to balance her music career with her personal life. Cameras roll as the artist -- along with her cousin/manager Melinda Dancil -- works with producers and label owners to create music that will be commercially successful while also allowing her to stay true to herself. When not in the recording studio, the singer raises her two young sons, oversees the remodel of her Atlanta mansion, and shares her life with her fiance, hip-hop singer Rocko. Throughout it all, her extended family is there to support her.

Is it any good?

First and foremost, Monica is a promotional vehicle for the singer and her forthcoming album. It emphasizes the work that goes into producing a record that will be commercially successful and shows the R&B singer standing up for the work that she believes best represents her, while also trying to meet the demands of the music industry.

But Monica also uses the series as a platform for showing how it's possible to overcome life's many challenges. She openly credits her extended family with helping her overcome health problems, the death of loved ones, and the commercial failure of her previous single. All in all, it’s not the most exciting of reality shows, but it does offer viewers some positive messages about persevering despite whatever personal hardships life throws your way.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kind of work that goes into creating an album. Are you surprised by the number of people involved in producing a record? How hard is it to rebound after a previous record doesn't sell well?

  • Why do some artists use strong language and/or focus on adult themes in their music? Is it about being creative? Shocking audiences? Communicating something specific? How do these lyrics make you feel when you hear them?

  • Get tips for managing music in your home.

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For kids who love music

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