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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the improv reality series Repeat After Me gives celebrities the chance to "punk" innocent bystanders as they obey commands from the show's host, funny lady Wendi McClendon-Covey. The show offers lots of funny moments, but some of the humor contains some sexual references (genitalia, inappropriate liaisons) that will go over younger kids' heads, as well as a few strong words ("damn," "ass"). Jokes include mild references to shooting, drinking, and smoking, but none of these things is shown.
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What's the story?
Produced by Ellen DeGeneres, REPEAT AFTER ME is a hidden-camera show in which celebrities are put into very uncomfortable situations. Through a hidden ear piece, Reno 911! star Wendi McLendon-Covey instructs celebrities such as Scott Foley and Sarah Hyland to repeat everything she says while they interact with people on the street. After approximately ten minutes of silly hijinks, the victims are told the truth and introduced to an appreciative audience. At the end of each episode, McLendan-Covey picks what she believes is the best improv moment.
Is it any good?
From creating inappropriate interview situations for a prospective nanny to driving a French language teacher nuts, the series shows how talented actors are able to take direction and create hilariously strange moments for the people around them. There are some cringe-worthy moments, but the situations are constructed to make the actors look humorously foolish, while the "victims" are mostly confused (though some of their reactions are priceless). Overall, it's a genuinely entertaining show that offers lots of laugh-out-loud fun for tweens and teens.
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