Paris Hilton's My New BFF
By Kari Croop,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Vapid reality contest reinforces shallow values.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In Paris' world, looks matter -- a lot. To prove it, she gets rid of the plainest contestants right off the bat and gives the remaining 14 mandatory makeovers. Paris is on the hunt for a hot friend who can party hard. But her new BFF must also be "classy" and "keep it real." Don't fit that criteria? Buh-bye.
Violence & Scariness
Some verbal sparring, but nothing physical.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Prospective BFFs are asked about their sex lives as part of the interview process. When asked how many guys they've slept with, one of them fires back, "Tonight?," while another replies, "Not enough, I'm sure." Female contestants also show lots of skin, and they're encouraged to maintain a sexy image, but Paris stresses they shouldn't go "porno." An androgynous male contestant wears makeup and claims to represent both sexes.
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"Bitch" (and its plural form, "bitches") is used a lot. Some contestants swear more than others, but one has a particular penchant for peppering sentences with "s--t" and "f--k" (both of which are bleeped).
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Products & Purchases
Paris communicates with contestants via BlackBerry, offers makeovers courtesy of Fred Segal Beauty, and gives winners expensive presents from marquis retailers like XIV Carats. Editors from In Touch magazine also make an appearance.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Because partying is a job requirement, contestants are often shown with an alcoholic beverage in hand -- whether it be shots, beer, or hard liquor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the overall message here -- that being fabulous in Paris Hilton's eyes requires a girl (or guy) to look hot, party hard, and work the red carpet -- is troubling, to say the least. Paris says she's looking for a classy friend who can show she's "real," too, but outward appearances seem far more important. There's also some light swearing (Paris and her prospective friends regularly refer to each other as "bitches," but "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped) and moderate luxury brand name-dropping. Teen girls, especially, will soak this up, so parents -- beware.
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What's the Story?
In PARIS HILTON'S MY NEW BFF, 18 hopefuls from across the country -- 16 girls and two guys -- compete to become hotel heiress Paris Hilton's new best friend. (As for the "forever part? That remains to be seen.) To whittle down the pool of prospective BFFs, Paris puts her acquaintances through a series of elimination-style challenges designed to show who's a keeper and who's a loser. Paris makes it clear that she's ultimately looking for someone who 1) can party, 2) has class, taste, and business savvy, 3) is real, and 4) is hot ... in that order.
Is It Any Good?
Hilton has no problems being blunt, so here's hoping she doesn't hate us for saying that this inane, negative MTV reality series is utterly skippable. The only thing it has going for it is unintentional comedy. In fact, the premise is so ridiculous that a few of the contestants are actually smirking as they go through the elimination ceremony, which is supposed to be serious -- at least in theory. Paris is quick to call out "Desperate Debbies" -- attention-seeking girls who will do anything to soak up the limelight. But the real Desperate Debbie here is obvious.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether Paris really needs to launch a televised search for a new best friend -- and whether she might have other motivations, too. After all, is it really possible to find someone you connect with on a "best friend" level through an overproduced reality show that doesn't provide time for any real intimacy? Teens: Do you admire Paris in general, and would you want to be her constant companion? Why or why not? Who are your best friends? What qualities do they have that make them so special to you?
- Premiere date: September 30, 2008
- Cast: Paris Hilton
- Network: MTV
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: October 13, 2022
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