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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sin City Rules features all the gossip, cat fighting, consumerism, and narcissistic behavior these types of reality shows are known for. It also contains some sexual innuendo and lots of drinking and cigarette smoking. There's also lots of salty vocab, but the strongest words like "f--k" are bleeped.
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What's the story?
SIN CITY RULES is a reality series that features five women navigating the elite circles of Las Vegas, Nevada. It stars attention-loving fashion designer Lana Fuchs, local Vegas celebrity reporter Alicia Jacobs, professional poker player Jennifer Harman, and cosmetic company co-founder Lori Montoya. Rounding out the group is Amy Hanley, an entrepreneur best known as the daughter of the infamous mob hitman, Tom Hanley. From flamboyant fundraisers to catered shooting luncheons out in the desert, the women immerse themselves in all the lights and glamour the city of sin is known for. But as each woman lives her life by her own rules, rumors start swirling, and they soon find themselves competing with each other to maintain their power and social status in their community.
Is it any good?
Like The Real Housewives franchise, Sin City Rules follows a reality formula that features women who have money, social status, and sense of entitlement. While these women define themselves as being powerful, and despite being business owners, entrepreneurs, and/or having other successful high-profile careers, most of their time in front of the cameras is spent showing off their wealth, and gossiping about and/or bickering with each other.
Watching these women confuse being strong and empowered with being superficial and self-absorbed can get tiresome, and it is sometimes hard to find likable qualities about them. Some of what is featured here is so over-the-top that it seems staged for viewing audiences, too. But if you are looking for a guilty voyeuristic pleasure, you'll definitely find it here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reality shows. Why are reality shows featuring wealthy women so popular? Do you think these women are being themselves? Or are they creating a reality character or persona to make the show more entertaining? What kind of messages do shows like these send about women and how they relate to each other?
What does it mean when someone is described as being powerful? Is it their wealth? Political status? Business leadership? How does the media portray powerful people? Is having power the same as being empowered?Does having power make someone a good role model?
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