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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rhett and Link's Buddy System stars YouTube personalities Rhett and Link. The story takes place in a fictionalized version of their offscreen lives and sees them attempting to take back control of their (real) YouTube show, Good Mythical Morning, after it's hacked. The laughs are lighthearted and usually rooted in silly circumstances, and there's little that might offend. Expect many references to the guys' internet show, so if your teens haven't seen it, they may want to check it out after watching.
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What's the story?
RHETT AND LINK'S BUDDY SYSTEM is a scripted comedy that follows internet personalities Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal in a fictionalized version of their real lives, picking up as the cameras stop shooting their popular YouTube show, Good Mythical Morning. Emboldened by newfound courage one evening, the two friends decide to take a shortcut down a dark alley, and Link loses his phone. When it falls into the hands of devious infomercial star Aimee Brells (Leslie Bibb), she uses it to hack their show, and the guys scramble to recover control of it.
Is it any good?
Scripted comedy is a new endeavor for these well-known YouTube stars, but they make quick and successful work of it in this clever series. The longtime friends' camaraderie and natural ease on-screen bolsters what would otherwise be a pretty mundane storyline, and tricked-out old-school music videos and other gags help maintain interest as well.
Even with scripted dialogue, Rhett and Link's Buddy System feels unforced, especially for a team whose bread and butter is off-the-cuff laughs. This buddy comedy has broad appeal for teens and adults especially, making it fun watch-together fare.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the internet has changed entertainment. Would Rhett and Link's Buddy System be successful on network TV or cable? What, if anything, is the downside to such open access to self-made stars like Rhett and Link?
Teens: How extensive is your online presence through social media, blogging, and the like? What dangers exist in sharing personal information even on closed sites and accounts? How do you keep yourself safe online?
Rhett and Link's world is turned upside down by the loss of a phone and the access it grants the person who finds it. Have we become too reliant on technology to safeguard us and our private information? Would the loss of your phone or electronic device put you in similar danger?
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