Parents' Guide to

Resident Advisors

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Collegiate comedy is full of clichés, drinking, and sex.

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Conjure up every cliché you've ever heard about dorm life, and you can pretty much guess the direction Resident Advisors takes at the get-go. If this comedy is to be believed, the college years are saturated in alcohol and accented by the occasional drug or two. Even more dominant is the seemingly requisite sexual experimentation, so rampant that RAs stock condoms by the case and decorate hall bulletin boards with cut-outs of smiling sperm wearing them as hats to advocate safe sex. For those who are safely in the midst of or beyond those admittedly crazy years, Resident Advisors is a laugh-out-loud comedy that also reminds us how TV often misrepresents the truth.

But the messages get more complex when you're talking about teens who don't have the life experience to separate fact from the show's exaggerated suggestions of college life. Unless you're there to set them straight, what they'll take away from watching is that rules and responsibility are mere speed bumps on the path to truly embracing the full collegiate experience, frequent "sexiling" (booting your roommate to the curb so you can have sex) and copious drinking included.

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