Sons of Hollywood

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Boring lives of the rich, rude, and semi-famous.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Generally spoiled behavior from all three of the stars, but Sean Stewart in particular is rude, obnoxious, and immature to his friends, his elders, his mother, and strangers. Occasional scenes are included to point out the unreality of their lives -- like when a hotel maid cleans up the guys' suite and the camera pauses on the piles of cigarette butts and empty booze bottles that she placidly cleans up while they go golfing.

Violence

Threats of violence between the friends when they argue.

Sex

Jokes about hookers and "getting laid," women in revealing clothing, sexually suggestive dancing, allusion to masturbation.

Language

Lots of foul language, with only the very biggies ("f--k," etc.) bleeped.

Consumerism

Lots of expensive things -- material goods like fancy cars, huge mansions, and hip clothes, and extravagances like hotel suites, decadent meals, limo rides, etc. Stewart and Spelling are both trying to launch careers in entertainment, too, so they're promoting themselves by being on the show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One character struggles with sobriety; the guys drink and smoke frequently.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality show about the lives of three young, rich, materialistic Hollywood guys features a plethora of adult-oriented material. They gamble, curse, drink, smoke, and dance suggestively with barely clad women. What's more, one member of the trio is struggling with sobriety; he loses his temper and threatens his friend with violence while saying insulting things. This same guy tells his mother that he plans to buy a hooker for the weekend (he's only joking, but still), and in another scene he acts disrespectfully toward an older man while his friends look on.

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What's the story?

SONS OF HOLLYWOOD follows the exploits of aspiring actor Randy Spelling (son of Aaron, brother of Tori), wannabe model/musician Sean Stewart (son of Rod and model/actress Alana), and talent manager David Weintraub (son of no one famous, apparently). The three guys live the posh life in Los Angeles, driving fancy cars, wearing hip clothes, dating hot women, and generally doing whatever they please. Sometimes their whims take them someplace like Las Vegas, as in one episode where Stewart (who is sober, though for how long?) gambles away thousands of dollars in a maniacal blackjack spree and then picks a completely pointless fight with Spelling. Later in the same episode, Spelling finds out that his father is on his deathbed and makes up with Stewart (who continues to act like an obnoxious 4-year-old even in the face of his friend's pain). Then Weintraub takes Stewart and the rest of the gang (sans an emotional Spelling) to a fancy golf course where Stewart acts again like a preschooler -- and doesn't even have alcohol to blame.

Is it any good?

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As far as celebrity reality shows go, this one is rather mediocre. Spelling is moderately compelling, and Weintraub seems like he's got some brains, but Stewart is such a whiny little snot that it's unclear who will enjoy watching his immature exploits. In addition to the profusion of cursing, drinking, smoking, and mildly sexual elements, the spoiled-rotten behavior is what puts Sons of Hollywood on the younger set's "skip" list. Mature teens who have the perspective to understand how unusual the guys' lives are -- and that their behavior isn't something to admire or emulate -- might survive a viewing, if they aren't too bored by the extended footage of ordering food at fancy restaurants.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of "celebreality" shows. Do these guys even count as celebrities? Why do you think they wanted to make this show? Do you think they'll be happy with how it turned out? Families can also discuss responsibility, wealth, and politeness. Do you think wealthy people are more or less likely to be rude? Do you think growing up with lots of money makes a person more or less responsible? When a friend is being disrespectful to others, do you think you should step in, or let them handle it themselves?

TV details

Cast:David Weintraub, Randy Spelling, Sean Stewart
Network:A&E
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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