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My Super Sweet 16

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Not much to celebrate here; skip this party.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series showcases some of the preparations that go into expensive over-the-top sweet 16 parties (or their cultural equivalent), as well as highlights from the event.

Positive role models

Many (but not all) of the teens featured here come from wealthy families. They act like spoiled brats and parents cater to their every whim. Teens often note that their primary goal is to have a party that will make their friends jealous; parents often note that their goal is to buy them whatever they want in order to make them happy.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Teens often audition models to dance at their party; one hired topless men to escort her, while another had all her friends over and had "hot boys" take their shirts off to a group of giggling teens.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Kids get new cars (Range Rover, Mercedes, Ford Mustang), plus the show is all about materialism.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One party showed girls taking shots.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that featured teens come from very affluent, sometimes well-known families. Budgets for the parties can run anywhere from $10,000 to $500,000. It's hard to know how we're supposed to feel about these kids. Should we want to be them? Hate them because they're rich? Feel sorry for them because of their crazy parents and lack of limits? Few of the kids seem grateful for their priveleged life. The show also creates unrealistic aspirations for teen viewers.

What's the story?

In this MTV reality series, parents purchase new cars, rent expensive party spaces, and generally ignore all limits in order to throw extravagant SUPER SWEET 16 parties for their spoiled, rich teens.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Everything in this show is over the top. One mom took her daughter to Paris to shop for a dress, while the dad of teen boy hired a team of sexy dancers, later claiming to have spent a total of $250,000 for the big bash. Parents who are well connected can make real impressions on their teens' classmates (Kanye West and Ciara have appeared on the show and performed at parties). Of course, it's not all glitter and glamour. One mom drinks heavily, and it's unclear if her daughter's father will even show up. Another father is majorly intense, telling his son it's "pathetic" when only five kids RSVP for his party. (Later his stepmother bribes girls to attend by giving them free clothes from her chic boutique.)

It's hard to imagine exactly what this show's point is. It can be fun to gawk at the riches -- and at the bad behavior of both the kids and parents. But there are disturbing messages throughout. Are these teens more popular now that they've given a great party? Have they already gotten the idea that women can be bought? Will they expect/demand that celebrities appear at all their social events, since their families are well connected? All in all, like many MTV products, My Super Sweet 16 is both disturbing and addictive. The message it sends to teens is a mix of "look what I have" and "don't you wish you were here?"

Families can talk about...

  • Familes can talk about the complicated message the show is sending. Ask your kids: How does it make you feel? Would you want to trade lives with any of these teens? Do you think they're happy after their party? Does this make you want to have a party of this scale? Would you be happy/content having one within your family's means?

TV details

Premiere date:January 18, 2005
Networks:MTV, Style Network
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written bynonbarbeeblond April 9, 2008

SHALLOW

IT SOO SHALLOW. But so halarious. The girls act rediculous. It's really funny, but a lot of girls my age would get the wrong impression and think that is how they should act. DONT LET YOUNGER KIDS (12-14) WATCH THIS (THAT Was from my mom lol.)
Educator and Parent of a 13 year old Written byVeg384 December 22, 2009

Pure, Undiluted Idiocy

I can't really say there's anything wrong with this show, but anyone with a grain of common sense would roll their eyes and skip this show. It's nothing but a bunch of spoiled, rich brats who complain when their $200,000 party "sucks" and they don't get a $200,000 to go with it. *cough* Losers! *cough*
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Adult Written bykwiecien84 April 9, 2008

hmmm

I have watched several shows and nothing is technically "wrong with it" no sex no drugs the occasional beeped out word... but the way these girls act is rediculous and just plain comical

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