Parents' Guide to

Russian Dolls

By Elka Karl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Jersey Shore meets Real Housewives...with a Russian twist.

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Elka are you Russian?

Elka, I don't agree with your review. This show is for people who want to learn about Russian culture - and our culture IS full of stereotypes. Bad language, violence, and especially alcohol is part of Russian society, so don't try to pull the curtains over what Americans might think inappropriate.

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Given that the name of this reality series is Russian Dolls, as opposed to Russian Women, it's safe to bet that the show isn't going to focus on feminist values. And while the show claims to represents the immigrant experience, it's clearly a skewed perspective. These women's immigrant experience revolves around gabbing about "vajayjays," belly dancing at grandma pageants, and spending one's day in a bathhouse eating fish and drinking beer.

The women featured on the show are a thick tangle of contradictions. Marina, who owns a nightclub with her husband, wants respect from everyone around her, yet spends much of her free time badmouthing her mother-in-law, acting like more of a child than her two children, and buying anything that is "big and blingy and definitely Russian style." Twenty-three-year-old Diana, who came to the United States when she was 3, is apparently dating a Spanish guy in large part because he drives a Maserati, yet she wants to find a Russian husband and have a baby by 25 so she can be a hot mom. Underneath all the bling and the blather, the women (and men) display a cultural pride, but any of the potential positivity is lost amid the stereotypes and outlandish behavior.

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