My Big Friggin' Wedding

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Jersey Shore-style over-the-top wedding drama.

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

Positive Messages

The series focuses on the stress of planning a wedding, but it doesn’t look at the significance of marriage. It also reflects some Italian-American stereotypes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The couples are constantly bickering with each other and with family members. A few of the couples met while they're married or engaged to other people. Some individuals emphasize their material wealth and brag about owning certain high-end brands. The amount of drinking (sometimes with parents getting drunk along with their adult children) is excessive.

Violence

Arguments frequently break out between brides- and grooms-to-be, parents, and pretty much anyone else who's involved in the planning process. Yelling, screaming, pushing, and shoving are frequent; all-out brawls break out when bachelor/bachelorette parties get out of hand. Incarceration is briefly discussed.

Sex

Some strong sexual innuendo, including descriptions of sexual activity. Words like “balls” are used. People are shown stripping and dancing around in their underwear. Nudity is blurred.

Language

Near-constant cursing, including "bitch" and "Jesus Christ" (used as an exclamation). Words like “f--k,” “a--hole,” and “s--t” are bleeped.

Consumerism

While labels aren't featured prominently, brands like Budweiser, Coors, Mercedes, and Louis Vuitton are seen or mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette and cigar smoking are visible. Lots of drinking (beer, hard liquor) is visible; cast members get drunk, sick, and violent after drinking too much.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Jersey Shore-esque reality show features lots of over-the-top behavior, including arguing, brawling, and near-constant swearing (“f--k,” “a--hole,” and “s--t” are bleeped). People drink excessively, getting drunk, sick, and violent. Some characters smoke cigarettes and cigars. A few cast members reflect Italian-American stereotypes (some proudly). The few serious premarital issues that come up (like step-parenting and prenuptial agreements) aren’t really dealt with in a positive way.

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What's the story?

From the producers of Jersey Shore comes MY BIG FRIGGIN' WEDDING, a reality series that follows five engaged New Jersey couples as they argue with parents, friends, and each other while planning and realizing the wedding of their dreams. Cameras follow each duo as they stress over the details that will make their big day spectacular, including tuxedos, invitations, and Lady Gaga impersonators. Rituals like getting matching tattoos and wild bachelor/bachelorette parties are also part of the fun. When the big day arrives, emotions run high and reactions are big as everything (and everyone) comes together.

Is it any good?

This reality show features lots of over-the-top behavior as couples stress over the logistics of putting together their idea of a perfect wedding. It also shows how easily people can get so caught up in the planning the event that they forget the reason why they're getting married in the first place.

The obnoxious conduct of the couples, their families, and friends overshadows serious issues like prenuptial agreements, step-children, and a lack of employment. It also sends questionable messages about relationships, marriage, and family. Some folks may find the whole thing funny, but it doesn't offer much in the way of positive messages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how reality shows portray their cast members. Do you think the way the couples on this show behave is how they act in real life? Or do you think their reactions to all the wedding planning is being dramatized for the cameras?

  • What do you think about the drinking portrayed on this show? Do you think the cast members' drinking falls within normal limits? What are some of the issues you need to think about before deciding to drink?

     

  • Why do people get so stressed out when

  • planning a wedding? Have you ever been to or in a wedding? What was it like?

  • How would you describe the perfect wedding?

  • How does the media tend to portray weddings? And how does that differe from how it portrays marriage?

TV details

  • Premiere date: November 1, 2010
  • Network: VH1
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming

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