A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this mercifully short-lived series puts an emphasis on violence and sexuality, making it unfit for kids. The lack of story line, plot, and interesting characters makes it unfit for anyone else. Normal teenage emotions such as jealousy or excitement are handled with violent consequences, creating a questionable combination that can be confusing to young audiences. The parents who are actually present in the show have a Stepford mentality, blindly allowing their kids to make big decisions with little engagement or dialogue. There is rampant teenage infidelity, one-night stands, underage drinking, graphic deaths, and promiscuous tendencies.
What's the story?
In POINT PLEASANT, the daughter of the devil washes ashore in a New Jersey coastal town. With her presence comes a series of bizarre incidents, each less interesting and more disturbing than the next. Christina (Elisabeth Harnios) is unaware of her past or of the power she has over the emotions and hidden desires of those around her. Christina's emotions are transferred into literal connotations and are considered part of her \"evil.\" For example, when she takes a liking to Jesse (Samuel Page), the lifeguard who discovered her as she washed up, her raging jealousy of Jesse's girlfriend, Paula (Cameron Richardson), nearly kills the couple in an explosive car fire.
Is it any good?
The young women in Point Pleasant are portrayed as almost animalistic, unable to control natural emotions and sort out teenage insecurities. What seem like average teen problems -- abandonment, envy, distrust, love -- are all over-dramatized because a "devil" has moved in to town.
Teens will likely prove to be too smart for the ridiculous plot line and lack of character that Point Pleasant captures. It's a campy, obvious, and desperate attempt to reincarnate shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or The OC, and an unsuccessful one at that. Fortunately for parents, there aren't even enough dramatic elements to grip teens into yet another soap.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what situations in the series their teens feel they can relate to. The program can also be used as a springboard into a discussion about one-night stands, infidelity, and jealous behaviors. Are these teens at all realistic? Do they look and act like anyone you know?
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