Paradise Hotel 2

 
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Sleazy, sexed-up reality show is NOT for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series sends negative messages about sex, relationship building, and competition. Contestants engage in narcissistic and hedonistic behavior. Some also participate in underhanded maneuvering to stay in the competition. The competitors are a multi-ethnic bunch.

Violence

Occasional fights between contestants result in pushing and shoving.

Sex

Sex and sexual activity are discussed both directly and metaphorically. Men are often seen without shirts and women in skimpy bikinis or underwear. Contestants are seen getting dressed/undressed. Bare breasts and genitals are blurred; parts of buttocks are often sticking out of contestants' shorts or bikini bottoms. Suggestive dancing and stripping is visible. Discussions about sexual activity are frequent. Kissing and making out is often visible; contestants are shown supposedly engaging in sexual activity under blankets. Some contestants are seen begging roommates for sex. One contestant discusses her virginity. Some contestants make homoerotic comments.

Language

Audible language includes "bitch," "screwed," and "damn." Stronger words are bleeped out. Words like "ass" and "boobs" are used to describe parts of contestants' bodies.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Continual consumption of beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Contestants are sometimes shown drunk. Some male contestants want to "get alcohol into" some of the women to see if they'll loosen up or engage in sexual behavior.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this voyeuristic reality series has strong sexual content. Activities range from stripping clothes off while dancing suggestively to couples getting very close under blankets. Actual nudity is blurred, but contestants are often shown in skimpy underwear and bathing suits. There's also plenty of drinking (wine, beer, mixed drinks), some fights between contestants, and some strong language ("bitch," "ass," and the like, with stronger words bleeped). It's worth noting that an even racier version airs on the Fox Reality Channel and is available for download.

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What's the story?

PARADISE HOTEL 2 is a voyeuristic reality show in which a group of 11 American singles try to hook up with each other in a private luxury resort hotel in hopes of winning a cash prize. As in the original 2003 series, each person must find a partner of the opposite sex to share a room with. Cameras then capture what happens as the couples plan strategies, flirt, and/or engage in sexual activity. At each pairing ceremony, whichever contestant is left without a roommate must check out of the hotel, while a new contestant joins the fray. Whoever remains in paradise at the end wins.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While this Big Brother-like series is ostensibly a contest for money, the show is really about using sex as a way to stay in the competition and finding out who has sex with whom. The show lacks any real dialogue, and while the contestants may be physically attractive, their narcissism hardly makes them likable -- especially when they're sharing their thoughts about how good looking they are. Their constant drinking, gossiping, and other self-indulgent activities aren't appealing either. In fact, some of their behavior is downright sleazy, especially when they use sex as a way to avoid elimination.

All of that said, it's not just the endless sexual exploits and alcohol consumption that makes this show a poor viewing choice for kids. It's really how these activities are being used to gain a competitive edge that makes it a reality train wreck. While the contestants' underhanded maneuverings and strategic sexual exploits may provide some adults with a bit of guilty entertainment, there's no good reason to expose kids to it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality television. Why do you think people would want to have their normally private moments taped for TV viewing? Do you think this kind of voyeurism is genuinely entertaining? Families can also discuss how real "reality" shows really are. Are the people who appear on these shows really acting like themselves, or are they playing to the cameras? How can you tell?

TV details

Cast:Amanda Byram, Mark Thompson
Network:MyNetworkTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 16 years old Written byDRChi-Town April 9, 2008
 

AN INCREDIBLE SHOW

Okay all you bitter, authoritarian moms and dads out there, YOU'RE WRONG! This show is incredible, in fact one of the better ones on tv. It's dramatic, funny, suspensful, well edited, and has a great sense of theme and plot. This is a must see for kids of all ages. I don't think the content is bad at all. SEX IS NATURAL and not degrading. So is nudity, swearing, etc. Any parent who says otherwise is a terrible parent. Parenst restrict their kids too much. I watched the first season of this show when I was 12, and I turned out fine. You people who don't like this show are BIGOTTED and have probably never even watched it. KIDS, DON'T LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS, WATCH WHATEVER YOU WANT TO, THEIR CONCEPT OF AUTHORITY IS BASED ON FALSE AND UNSCRUPULOUS JUSTIFICATIONS. Paradise Hotel 2 and its predecessor are both must-sees!
Adult Written byyoman June 24, 2009
 
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byirishchick11 April 9, 2008
 

Raheim is the most annoying person ever

Raheim or however you spell his name is the most annoying self consious person ever. If I hear him talk about the secretary of defence again i will puke

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