Pam: Girl on the Loose
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know (if they don't already) that Pam Anderson is a former Playboy centerfold who built her career on a curvy body and her professed love of sex. As a result, this "documentary" series about her life frequently comes as close as possible to showing her in the nude without actually baring sensitive body parts -- although in several shots, she's so scantily covered that she might as well be completely bare. In terms of language, the news doesn't get much better: When bad words do pop up, they tend to be sexually charged. There's also some drinking.
What's the story?
Former Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson begs you to see her in a different light -- but ultimately shows you more of what you've already seen -- in this E! Channel reality series that shuns the "reality show" label, preferring to call itself a "documentary series." The show captures Anderson at work and at play, interacting with friends, family, and employees. The footage is edited together as a sort of moving scrapbook, complete with Anderson's hand-written comments (like "hot sexy bitch") scrawled across the screen in hot pink script.
Is it any good?
With PAM: GIRL ON THE LOOSE, Anderson seems to want to prove that she's a normal person, just like everyone else. She vacuums! She colors her own hair! She has yard sales! (Although Anderson's sprawling estate sale, where some customers spend upwards of $4,000, is hardly typical.) Still, the series plays like an amateur film and paints an overall portrait of a woman who's desperate to start afresh, yet can't seem to move on from the image she's worked so hard to reinforce: that of a busty, blonde bimbo who loves sex ... almost as much as she loves animal rights. It's a puzzling combination, indeed. Almost as puzzling as the decision to put this show on the air.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether the show's documentary-style format really makes it different from other reality TV series. Why do you think Anderson and her producers wanted to make it clear that this "is not a reality show"? Why do you think Anderson is so adamant about keeping her own kids away from the cameras and out of the public eye? Are you surprised that she made that decision? Does watching Anderson in action make you feel any differently about her? Why or why not?