Real Chance of Love

Common Sense Media says

Reality dating show is bawdy and sexist. No kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although the brothers (who have a close relationship) talk about women "being real," the show celebrates over-the-top behavior that reinforces stereotypes of women as sexual objects who are desperate for male attention. At the beginning of the series, the brothers parcel out the women between them; at times it seems like they're competing for one particular woman. The women consistently make fools of themselves in hopes of impressing their hosts and are consistently mean to each other in the process. Real, Chance, and the majority of the contestants are African American; a few are Latina and Caucasian. A few of the women are in their mid to late thirties; age becomes a source of ridicule for some contestants.

Violence

The women argue, push, shove, and threaten each other for the chance to get close to Real and Chance. In one episode, a glass is broken over someone's head. The brothers also get involved in occasional altercations; one incident leads to an arrest. A rejected contestant claims that she'll stalk the two men.

Sex

Lots of strong sexual innuendo, and women are shown kissing, groping, and performing lap dances and simulated sex acts. The contestants dress in lacy underwear and skimpy outfits. Real and Chance complain that some of the women are too sexually aggressive, but they still enjoy the attention. Brief nudity is blocked out.

Language

Audible language includes words like "hell," "bitch," "pissed," and "ass." Stronger curse words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

References are made to other celebs, like Flavor Flav.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Features lots of drinking; champagne, hard liquor, and beer are all visible.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this I Love New York spin-off revolves around two brothers trying to find love among a group of women who compete aggressively for their affection. The contestants dress in skimpy outfits, engage in bawdy behavior, argue endlessly with each other, and make complete fools of themselves to try to win these men over. There's plenty of salty language (the strongest words are bleeped), drinking, and sexual shenanigans. The brothers, who are horse breeders as well as musicians, compare the women to "wild cattle" and make other sexist remarks.

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What's the story?

REAL CHANCE OF LOVE -- another installment in VH1's "of Love" franchise -- features I Love New York rejects Real and Chance (aka The Stallionaires) as they once again look for love. This time the tight-knit brothers get to choose from a group of enthusiastic female contestants who are willing to do whatever it takes to win them over. After a preliminary elimination, seven women are chosen to compete for Real and seven others to vie for Chance. Both groups move into the brothers' ranch and compete in challenges for chances to go on individual dates and prove that they're "the one." Ladies who fail to impress get sent home packing as each brother tries to choose one woman from "the stable" with whom they want to find real love.

Is it any good?

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Like its predecessors, Real Chance of Love is packed with the same kind of over-the-top behavior -- including non-stop cat fights, lots of drinking, and aggressive sexual behavior -- that has become a trademark of this specific reality-show formula. Adding to this is the way the brothers objectify the female contestants, especially when the guys take turns selecting the women who will actually compete for their attention (a moment that's ironically symbolized by hanging a large chain around each woman's neck).

But, really, the worst part of the show is the women's willingness to put themselves in the position to be objectified in the first place. The series will offer some guilty pleasure to adults who find this kind of TV experience entertaining, but its very iffy content and the negative messages it sends about women and relationships make it a poor choice for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why people go on reality dating shows. Are they genuinely trying to win the hearts of people they've just met, or is this just a chance to get some media exposure? Do you think the people on these shows would behave differently if they weren't on TV? Families can also discuss the series' "formula." Why has this type of reality show become popular? Are these shows just sources of guilty pleasure, or do they offer something else to those who watch them?

TV details

Cast:Ahmed Givens, Kamal Givens
Network:VH1
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byL_LOCC December 30, 2009
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17
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BAD BITCHES...........

THIS SHOW IS DA SHYT. I WATCHED SEASON'S 1 AND 2. CHANCE, RISKY IS DA SHYT YOU MUST BE CRAZY, AND HOTWINGS IS TOO, GOOD SHYT. REAL, DOLL IS WATZ HAPPENING.COOL YA'LL BE BREEZY!
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byKayKayD September 20, 2009
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12
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So Bad Yet So Hysterical

There's nothing good about this show, and yet I adore it. I watch it for a good, long laugh, to pass the time on a slow afternoon.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bywpeaches27 January 17, 2009
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2
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i like the show

i really like the show

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