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Pair of Kings

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Corny, unrealistic comedy has so-so messages for tweens.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

The boy kings are allowed to rule on a whim, and everyone -- adults included -- follows their lead without question, even when their actions threaten the people's existence. Island events (music, dancing, celebrations) mock real-life customs of indigenous people in remote areas. On a positive note, Brady and Boomer do come to realize that being a leader means putting your people's needs ahead of your own. Overall, the series makes no attempt to reflect reality, although the content is obviously intended to be humorous rather than serious.

Positive role models

Brady and Boomer have a difficult time adjusting to the selflessness it takes to be a good leader and often get caught up in what their lofty position entitles them to (though they do start to understand that sometimes they need to put thir people's needs first). The adults are no help, as they offer little advice and follow suit in a very unrealistic manner.

Violence & scariness

Slapstick falls, scuffles, and punishment like whipping. No injuries, and the content isn't realistic.

Sexy stuff

Brady flirts a lot with the island "hottie," who does her best to fend off his advances. She's often dressed in tight tops that show off her chest.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cheesy tween comedy is about as far from reality as a story can get, so there's little substance for its target audience. Teen boys-turned-kings rule their island nation according to their own rules -- meaning they rarely ask for guidance from adults and don't feel the full consequences of their actions, which sometimes endanger the people they're supposed to be leading. Although the show clearly is meant to be funny rather than serious, its irreverent portrayal of cultural customs like costumes and dances gives viewers an inaccurate impression of real world cultures. On the plus side, there's no iffy language, the violence is only slapstick, and Brady and Boomer do slowly learn to consider the feelings of others as they settle into their leadership role.

What's the story?

Life takes an unexpected turn for twins Brady (Mitchel Musso) and Boomer (Doc Shaw) when they learn that they're actually heirs to the throne of a tropical island. Suddenly the years of getting picked on in high school seem like a distant memory with their new utopia in sight and -- as they see it -- legions of followers to do their bidding. As it turns out, there's more to being kings than they thought, and with their cunning younger cousin, Lanny (Ryan Ochoa), gunning for their job, they'll have to be on their game. It will take all the patience of their royal guard, Mason (Geno Segers), and his helpful daughter, Mikayla (Kelsey Chow), to get them acclimated to their new surroundings ... and their new responsibilities.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Let's lay it on the line: PAIR OF KINGS is corny, corny, corny. The cast overacts, the punchlines are predictable, and the scenario is ridiculous. Th fact that Brady and Boomer look absolutely nothing alike is explained by the fact that their parents were multicultural. Lanny's attempts to overthrow the kings are directed by an oversized talking fish he keeps as a pet, and the island is inhabited by 60-pound insects and native tribes who sport ginormous arachnids on their foreheads.

And it doesn't stop there. The teens -- however inept -- are given free rein on the island. No one advises them, and their personal desires become law. In other words, they're living a tween's dream -- but at the expense of any sense of reality. Of course, that very fact is why tweens (at least those who can overlook the cheese factor) may enjoy the show, but it's worth pointing out the real-life repercussions of the characters' misguided actions. If a positive note can be found, it's in the opportunity that Brady and Boomer have to evolve from self-centered teens to empathetic leaders. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about responsibility. What are some of your responsibilities? What are the repercussions if you don't follow through on them? What are the rewards when you do?

  • Do you think this show is trying to convey any specific messages to kids? Does a TV show need to have a strong message to be worthwhile entertainment? Why or why not?

  • What qualities make a good leader? Whom do you see as a strong leader or role model? Do you like being a leader? What are the challenges of the role? Are Brady and Boomer good leaders/role models?

TV details

Cast:Doc Shaw, Kelsey Chow, Mitchel Musso
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Adult Written byAl Jackson April 25, 2012

This is not corny!

This show is corny?! GIVE ME A BREAK! What is EXCACTLY wrong with it?! It thinks it's funny!
Adult Written bymoviemadness July 16, 2011

Objectional Stereotypes -WATCH OUT

While there is nothing truly objectionable content wise (just some disney slapstick, mild insults, and general goofiness) there is some really concerning stuff here. First of all, the stereotypical and mocking way with which native customs are caricatured is not ok. Secondly, this is yet another example of the "token" black character played for laughs. The main character, "Brady" is the one who gets all of the girls, makes the decisions and etc. He even has a normal name. "Boomer" clearly plays second-fiddle and is always being laughed at or getting upstaged. My childhood friend had a dog named "Boomer" - it's not a person name. Finally, the way that the main female character is flirtatious and attractive reinforces, yet again, that women should be subservient and attractive. These upsetting messages are commonplace in Disney channel, and parents looking to expose their kids to fun, appropriate TV shows should look for ones that don't excessively stereotype and display shocking levels of vapidity.
Adult Written byNarwhals October 8, 2011

A huge, huge fail- Pass

If you want to watch a good harmless show this is not it. It seems harmless with the cheesy jokes, slapstick and plot setup to appeal to the lowest common denominator. However the little positive that this show might have--given the chance to lead a kingdom is washed out by typical tween bratty behavior. Typical of the new Disney shows were it is filled with characters that are uninspiring, horribly written, horribly acted and have no redeeming qualities. Disney itself has brainwashed our younger generation to blindly accept anything it pumps out as golden with no discernment or willing to be more critical. I say stick with older Disney and other television channels that show "classic" shows and toons. And watch classic movies like Bringing up Baby for awesome slapstick. Basically, this is a huge pass. And never mind the characters, complete disrespect for culture, the blatant use of caricatures for characters already mentioned below...

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