By Kari Croop,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Stab at "reality" is wrong for kids -- and really offensive.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show attempts to position its star as a real person with real problems in spite of his celebrity. But the comedy often relies on offensive stereotypes that aren't funny. Other major themes include Hollywood culture, male-female dynamics, and marriage and family, but most of the time, there's a negative spin.
Positive Role Models
Rob is meant to be an "everyman" -- a husband, a father, and a working actor -- but he makes demeaning jokes about nearly everyone.
Violence & Scariness
Comedic violence (Rob's wife falls off a stripper pole; the couple hits a man with their car; and so on).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes about sex and sexual situations, along with some cleavage and skimpy outfits; sexual activity is implied (in one case, with a graphic pantomime) but isn't shown on-screen.
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Frequent, unbleeped cursing includes "f--k," "s--t" (with creative constructions such as "jack s--t" and "dips--t," etc.), "dick," "tits," "balls," and "whore."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking and drug use; a secondary character works in a medical marijuana shop, so some characters smoke on-screen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Real Rob is a scripted comedy that plays like a pseudo-reality show, mixing on-camera interviews and footage of Schneider's stand-up comedy with scenes from everyday life. You'll hear frequent, unbleeped cursing (think "f--k" and "s--t"), sexually charged comedy (Rob's wife sets up a stripper pole in the baby's room and hires a male dancer to be the new live-in nanny; Rob does an ad for erectile dysfunction) and unfunny "jokes" that rely on offensive stereotypes. There's also some social drinking and drug use, thanks to a secondary character who works in a medical marijuana shop.
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What's the Story?
Sometimes, real life is funnier than fiction. And that's the premise of REAL ROB, a scripted reality-show spoof starring actor-comedian Rob Schneider as (who else?) Rob Schneider, a former Saturday Night Live player who found moderate fame in a string of big-screen comedies but is now pitching himself to star in a new show about ... himself. Trouble is, no one's buying it. And to top it off, his assistant (Jamie Lissow) is terrible. Schneider's real-life wife, Patricia, and daughter, Miranda, costar as themselves.
Is It Any Good?
Rob Schneider's character is meant to be an everyman: He's a husband, a father, and a moderately successful entertainer. But the problem is, he does a less than passable job playing himself. And his "comedy"? It's painfully unfunny, thanks to jaw-dropping stereotypes about Mexicans (they're good at breaking into things, will work for sandwiches, and can't be trusted!) and disabled people (they take FOREVER!) and tired observations about living with his own wife.
Even cameos by SNL alums such as Norm MacDonald and David Spade aren't enough to elicit actual laughs from this laughable attempt at a comedy comeback. So, real talk: You can skip Real Rob. As if Schneider's own résumé isn't reason enough to give you pause (the majority of his live-action films haven't been rated too highly), the fact that his on-screen stand-up act includes a bit about throwing only one stone at a woman for having sex before marriage -- but draws the line at the Taliban's practice of stoning her to death -- should help seal the deal.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Real Rob's title and discuss how "real" this take on Schneider's life actually is. How close does the comedy come to reality? Why bother to make a show seem "real" when it technically isn't? And what do celebrities have to gain by playing a version of themselves on-screen?
Why do comedies so often mine stereotypes for laughs -- and does it ever work? Where's the line between funny and offensive, and who gets to decide?
Does the fact that Real Rob is a streaming-only series affect the way it's written and produced? What would it look and sound like if it aired on network television?
- Premiere date: December 1, 2015
- Cast: Rob Schneider, Patricia Schneider, Jamie Lissow
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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