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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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Audible language includes words like "hell," "bitch," "pissed," and "ass." Stronger curse words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
References are made to other celebs, like Flavor Flav.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Features lots of drinking; champagne, hard liquor, and beer are all visible.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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